Presented in two parts, the evening will open with a concert programme of tango and world music and conclude with a milonga, open for dancers to dance a tanda (a set of tangos) or a waltz in the stunning setting of Te Ao Mārama South Atrium.   Participate actively or simply observe and savour the vibrant Milonga ambience with delicious food and beverage options from the Tuitui Bistro & Café.   Join us as the Museum comes to life with the melodious rhythms of tango and world music.

Doors Open 6:30pm

7:30pm Concert & Milonga

Concert Programme

Michelangelo 70 - Astor Piazzolla

A Evaristo Carriego - Eduardo Rovira

Primavera Porteña - Astor Piazzolla

Milonga Triste - Sebastián Piana

Fou Rire - Richard Galliano

Flora's Game - Astor Piazzolla

Concierto para Quinteto - Astor Piazzolla

Oblivion - Astor Piazzolla

Muerte del Angel - Astor Piazzolla

Milonga Programme

A milonga evening is a social event centered around Argentine tango, fostering a sense of community among milonguero & milongueras.  Whether participants are seasoned dancers or newcomers, the shared love for the dance creates a welcoming environment where everyone can connect through the universal language of tango.

A "tanda" refers to a set of consecutive tango music pieces (tangos, waltzes or milongas) played during a Milonga.  Typically, a tanda consists of three to five songs, carefully selected to maintain a thematic or emotional coherence. The goal is to create a continuous and immersive experience for the dancers.

AOTANGO is thrilled to have the company of tango aficionados Kelly Poon, Stephan Resch, and Stu Johnstone. Together, they'll guide us through the tandas, sharing insights into the art of tango dance and music, whilst delving into the rich tradition of milongas, creating a vibrant atmosphere as we invite the audience and the Auckland tango community to join in the dances at the event.

Kelly Poon

Originating from Malaysia, Kelly started her tango journey in London in 2009 and has studied with some of the most well-known and respected teachers in Buenos Aires.  She has been teaching tango since 2016 at the Auckland University of Technology and now at ¡Tango Otra Vez! in Auckland CBD, with a new weekly class starting in Waiheke Island in October 2023. Aside from teaching, Kelly organises milongas, DJs, and guest teachers in events such as the Latin Fiesta NZ.

Stephan Resch

A university lecturer at the University of Auckland by profession, Stephan discovered tango in 2006 and fell in love with the music on a trip to Argentina.   As a Tango DJ, his musical selection is based on a preference for Golden Age music and the seamless creation of different moods tailored uniquely for each event.  With a preference for flowing valses, recognisable milongas, the big four tango orchestras and the occasional surprise, his music is sure to fill the dance floor as Stephan has honed his DJing over the past decade at major milongas, marathons and festivals in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Stu Johnstone

Stu Johnstone has been a musician for more than half a century playing keyboards, bass guitar and double bass in rock and jazz bands.   He took up tango dancing in 2013, began tango DJing in 2019 and since then has held workshops for dancers on tango musicality and the evolution of tango.  During one of his visits to Buenos Aires in 2018 he purchased a bandoneon and has been taking lessons since then.

First Tanda: In the Style of Orquesta Típica Di Sarli

1. Bahia Blanca - Carlos Di Sarli

2. Buscandote - Osvaldo Fresedo 

3. Fueron Tres Años  - Héctor Varela

Second Tanda: In the Style of Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese

4. Recuerdo - Osvaldo Pugliese

5. Gallo Ciego - Agustín Bardi

6. La Yumba - Osvaldo Pugliese


7. Corazon de Oro - Francisco Canaro

8. La Foule / Que nadie sepa mi sufrir - Ángel Cabral

Third Tanda: In the style of Orquesta Típica Aníbal Troilo

9. Quejas de Bandoneon - Juan de Dios Filiberto

10. Malena - Lucio Demare

11. El Choclo - Ángel Villoldo 

Fourth Tanda: In the style of Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo

12. Loca - Juan d'Arienzo

13. Por Una Cabeza - Carlos Gardel

14. La Cumparsita - Gerardo Matos Rodríguez

AOTANGO would like to thank Kelly Poon, Stephan Resch & Stu Johnstone for helping prepare the milonga evening and dancers Cecilia Trini, Era Resch, Glenn Chadderton, Brett Calcott,  Jorge Amparado, Natallia Ramanchuk & John Flowers for performing with us.

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