Perhaps the most famous couple in tango, Juan Carlos Copes and Maria Nieves were dance partners for over fifty years. Together they made a major contribution to the worldwide revival of Argentine tango through their stage shows and tours of Europe and the United States.
Their relationship was passionate and painful, as documented in this outstanding film, until their final separation tore them apart.
I was lucky enough to see the film’s UK premiere as part of Sheffield DocFest with an introduction and Q&A session by director German Kral. Sadly, despite excellent reviews and festival successes, it has yet to find a British distributor. But do get to see it if you can.
“The first time I danced the tango, it entered my skin through my feet, passed from my skin to my blood and through my blood to my heart. It requires no acrobatics, you simply have to devote yourself to your heartbeat.” Maria Nieves