“Tango dance has something very special: it’s the communication within the couple. That is why when we dance it we feel an endless number of emotions, such as love…and hate. I was born to dance tango and I will die for my tango.”
After several months of interviews with María Nieves, the author of this book was able to shape a biography, and, with marvelous generosity, relinquished her first person voice to the dancer who transcended borders and represented Argentina to the world. In this book María Nieves is sensitively led to tell about her life: her darkest and her happiest moments.
I’m María from Buenos Aires!
From Buenos Aires María, can’t you see who I am?
María tango, María of the arrabal!
María night, María fatal passion!
María of love! From Buenos Aires am I!
(Verse from the tango-opera “María de Buenos Aires,” lyrics by Horacio Ferrer and music by Ástor Piazzolla)
María Oliva has an undergraduate degree in Information Sciences (Universidad Nacional de Córdoba), a Master’s degree in Journalism (Universidad de la Florida) and a Master’s in International Relations (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). She is the editor of the International section of the newspaper, El Cronista Comercial, where she has worked for more than 20 years.
Ten years ago she fell in love with tango and, when she became personally acquainted with the famous dancer, was convinced that María Nieves represented the feminine essence of this popular dance. Thus the idea to write about her life and career was born.