What does tango mean to those who dance it? How can it mean even more? Renée Rouger thought the answer might lie in the poetry of the lyrics. When she saw John Osburn perform a Shakespearean sonnet in Central Park, she recognized the magical element needed to convey the meaning. She wanted people to feel the emotion of the verse, connecting it to personal experience like spectators do when they watch a play.


John took on the task, creating his own English versions. His rich and complex translations and powerful delivery capture the weirdness of a melancholic and contradictory culture. What tango means comes to life at Milonga Falucho with vivid new translations spoken side by side with Renée’s interpretation of the original Spanish. Hear the recitations at Milonga Falucho and read them here.