Tango Buenos Aires: "The Spirit of Argentina"
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:30PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Tango Buenos Aires is known around the world for their fiery, uncompromising performances of the dramatic South American dance form known as tango. The Spirit of Argentina pays loving tribute to the dashing French-Argentine singer, composer, and actor Carlos Gardel—tango’s first superstar. You’ll discover his passion for futbol, boxing, and gauchos and get glimpses into his life in Paris, his appearance on Broadway, and his friendship with the young Astor Piazzola, another tango legend.
Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:15 pm
Pre-show Tango Demonstration in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:45 pm.
$35, $30, $20; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.
Argentine prix fixe dinner available at the UClub before the concert. Details at fineartscenter.com/prixfixe.
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The Argentine tango has its roots in a variety of dances and music from African and Europe, and in its earliest form was danced in the street by tough, poor compadritos. Today it is a sophisticated genre combining song, music, and dance that pairs restraint and precision with passion and drama.
In the last 30-plus years, Tango Buenos Aires has toured extensively in the United States, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. In Beijing, the company hosted a series of unprecedented master classes and residencies with Chinese dancers, teaching the origin and evolution of the tango. It has performed at major festivals around the world and on Argentine television. The “Spirit of Argentina” is its newest show, having debuted last winter.
“Sometimes playful, sometimes dramatic, and always sensuous, the closely entwined bodies and limbs moved with amazing speed through deftly engineered movements, including frequent dips, deep slides, energetic foot stomps, and ballet-like turns. ” Ruidoso News
“Repeatedly crafted, swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings” The Washington Post
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Fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and virtuoso jazz chops make Slavic Soul Party! New York City’s official #1 brass band for BalkanSoul GypsyFunk. “With razor-sharp precision, juggernaut force, and a healthy dose of playfulness, these guys start out in overdrive and never let up,” writes Banning Eyre. “Slavic Soul Party! offers a gut punch to preconceptions about traditional music, world music, pop music, dance music.”
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Chamber Seating
One of today's most talked-about contemporary ballet choreographers, Jessica Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary work packed with stunning movement. This promises to be one of the hottest shows of the winter. Among the pieces to be performed are Tesseracts of Time, created in collaboration with internationally recognized architect Steven Holl, and Thousand Yard Stare, honoring wounded veterans and all of those affected by war. The New Yorker calls Lang, “a prolific choreographer of skillfully constructed dances that respectfully mesh with music and striking visual design.”
Pre-show talk with Jessica Lang in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm on her work The Thousand Yard Stare.
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The company will perform a mixed-rep program, including Trey McIntire’s Big Ones, set to music by Amy Winehouse.
Post-show talk with members of the company immediately following the performance.