The Tango; A Dance Symbolic of Life

When talking about the value of culture and arts towards a society, we can start by intrinsic values: for instance, how culture and arts have the ability to illuminate our lives while enriching our emotions that we can cherish. 

The Future Generation Art Prize worldwide was established in 2013, by Victor Pinchuk to help young artists be a part of cultural development. The idea was to promote these artists so they can help develop societies towards a better global transition. At the time of the prize launch, Victor Pinchuk said; “I believe that artists can easily show our next generation a better world than any analysts or politicians”.

Following the inception of this art, prize philanthropists working on promoting peace and social justice met with known artists and asked them to help build on the relationship with culture and art.

Tango is a dance between two partners, that originated in 1880’s along the natural border between Uruguay and Argentina and soon spread worldwide. When talking about the symbolism of tango, we see it is a phenomenal influence around the world. A tango is seen two ways as a tale of romantic frustration, but many argue that tango can also be seen as a mother’s love.

Many schools in around the world are now experimenting by offering communal space to emphasise cooperation between each other. It is a great way to share knowledge and skills of artists, with local residents and national organisations. These few examples are set for a reason that goes way beyond art itself. As the tension around the world is rising, more people realise that we are stretching the last of our limits. Inequality is on the rise and our well-being is declining, which is fuelling mass migrations, conflicts between races, poverty, amongst other social problems. 

If we as humans want to flourish we must act fast, and find a new social and economic solution that not only recognises the problem but changes it. We have to change the art of life, as just by transitioning one generation's values, and the economy will not be enough. We need a new approach to things, a new way to present our customs, values, and behaviours. No-one of us is born with greed, bigotry, hatred, and prejudice, these are behaviours we develop over the years by looking around us. These are behaviours supported by our idols, our parents, our teachers. Which is why we need a new way to learn and help each other to better understand our views to help create a new order.


The movie “Scent of a woman” give us an excellent example of the art of life. In a scene Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade played by Al Pacino we see him explaining to Donna played by Gabriella Anwar that there are no rights and wrongs in ang, it is not like life, which makes it so great. He explains that during tango, even if you make a mistake and get all tangled up you can still tango on. This is the kind of approach we should take life with, even if we make mistakes, and are tangled in them. We should find a way out of the situation, learning from our past mistakes.

This helps us to understand that culture and art main practices is dynamic, participative, and social forms of human behaviour. Art can trigger reflection, create dialogue, foster new ideas & relationships, offer a powerful democratic system, generate empathy, and share and shape values. It can help us build relationships by understanding different capabilities, it can help us to design more meaningful things, and help create a world order that is not based on just profit.