1913 – Dutch tango history starts in Kurhaus
We celebrate 105 years of tango in the Netherlands where we started dance a whole weekend. In the summer of 1913 the tango surfaced in the Netherlands, a sultry South American dance that evoked as much euphoria as aversion. It was for the very first time in Grond Hotel Kurhaus. In this place we will commemorate this memorable fact with a whole weekend, tango and another tango.
Dutch first acquaintance with the tango dates from July 1, 1913. On that and following days the actresses Sophie Hermse and Mien Vermeulen demonstrated the new dance in the Cabaret Artistique by Max van Gelder in the Scheveningen Kurhaus. None other than Maurice Polak, who taught at the drama school, had taught them the passes. Their performance was a foretaste to that of René Blanc and Lucette Gilbert, a French tango couple who started the triumphal procession through the Netherlands from the Kurhaus the following month.
The introduction of the tango did not go without a struggle in the ten years. In order to make him acceptable, he was continually cleaned up and refined in the decades that followed. The ‘European tango’, as he was called, had less and less in common with the original in the past century. In the 1980s, political refugees brought the ‘Argentine tango’ here again. Meanwhile, his popularity is greater than ever.
Bron: Kunsten in Beweging