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Tango legends Maria Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.

Tango legends Maria Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.

ARGENTINE tango legends Maria Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes, who met in the late ’40s when she was 14 and he 17, danced together for nearly 50 years, through love, hate and several painful breakups.

Now both in their eighties, they have told the story of their lives and loves as two of the most famous tango dancers of the 20th century to acclaimed documentary maker German Kral.

To celebrate Argentina’s National Tango Day, ambassador Dr Hugo Javier Gobbi will present “Our Last Tango” in a free, public screening at the Australian National University on Thursday December 15.

Each year Argentina celebrates National Tango Day on December 11, a day chosen to commemorate the birthday of two prominent figures in the history of tango: Carlos Gardel (singer, songwriter and composer) and Julio de Caro (composer, musician and orchestra conductor).

“Our Last Tango”, Manning Clark Theatre 3, ANU, 6.30pm, on Thursday December 15. Admission free.

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