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La Plaza
Tango: Duel and Dance
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

Tango dance has been called "the vertical expression of a horizontal desire." Sexy and syncopated, the tango has stirred sexual and political controversy since it was born in the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, more than a century ago. In Tango: Duel and Dance, La Plaza charts the tango's remarkable renaissance in Boston and throughout the world. With footage of legendary tango performances and Boston aficionados, the program explores the culture of the dance as it meets the 21st century and pays special attention to women's roles in the evolution of this traditionally male-dominated art form. A special appearance by the witty international dance troupe Tango Mujer rounds out the flavor of the live performance offering.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
Chicago: “La Plaza; Tango: Duel and Dance,” 06/18/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93ACC064F3404C868F7F58E7E803E0CC.
MLA: “La Plaza; Tango: Duel and Dance.” 06/18/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93ACC064F3404C868F7F58E7E803E0CC>.
APA: La Plaza; Tango: Duel and Dance. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93ACC064F3404C868F7F58E7E803E0CC
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