Le Tango, a popular gay dance hall, is open after being close to closing
Since March 10, after nearly three years of closure, Tango fans can once again walk the wooden dance floor of the legendary gay nightclub on the 3rd.H Paris district. The successive reservations, and then the announcement of the sale of the facility in early 2021, almost overtook the “cool box”. He was counting without support Paris City Hall, which bought the building for 6.7 million euros In order to save the oldest ballrooms in the Marais. Apart from the renovated bar, regulars will find room “In its juice, in its old seats,” Hervé Lataapie, historical owner of Tango, slides “very touched” By reopening the dance floor.
for all sauces
11-13 rue au Maire is one of those places that have known thousands of lives. The first cabaret in 1725, a barricade was erected there during the Revolution of 1848. At the end of the 19H In the last century the hall became the headquarters of La Cabrette, a corporate association of Auvergne musicians, before it was transformed into a concert ball, in 1896. Meetings of antique dealers, tomb presenters and other lamp-bearers continued to be held there regularly. In the interwar period, this ceremonial and popular venue experienced its golden age. In the 1980s, the king of Parisian night Serge Kruger transformed Tango into a discotheque where the audience, mostly Latin and West Indian, would come to the favelas during salsa and African evenings.
When Hervé Latapie took over the institution in 1997, at the age of 63, this LGBT activist, then professor of economics and social sciences, reconnected with the history of the place: “I wanted to perform a gay dance ball and rediscover the spirit of the French folk ball.” A huge lover of the accordion, he abhors techno music and puts ballroom dancing in the spotlight for the early part of the evening… before giving way, as the night progresses, to a more eclectic playlist, “hits of all time”. Box “Transformation”, Deceptively cheesy, Tango by Hervé Latapie welcomes everyone: gays, lesbians, and heterosexuals. “Tonight is important, Confirms. People leave, forget each other, trust each other… Time is running out. »
At the mercy of the landlord
In addition to the wild weekend evenings, he will be hosting the new Tango “Parties and collaborative events during the week”, Defines Hervé Latape. These are discussions, performances and tea dances “for early sleepers” Made possible by the resumption of operations in the form of cooperative societies: “We are now free to do whatever we want without being responsible to the owner.” The only downside: confrontation with the owner, who plans to convert the upper floors of the building into social housing. Tango must therefore temporarily close its doors at the end of 2024 for renovation, leaving Hervé Latapie a few months Convince the city council that there are alternatives so that this building is not completely altered.