Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tango Buenos Aires: The Fire and Passion of Tango

Posted on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-01-05

Critically-acclaimed performances in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe, as well as tours throughout the U.S. and Latin America have cemented Tango Buenos Aires as “one of Argentina’s great cultural exports.” The words “passion” and “seduction” pop up in articles written about the 25-member troupe (presently under the direction of Emilio Kauderer). One reviewer suggested that couples in the audience were guaranteed to “get lucky once they arrived home,” while another described the company’s music and dancing as “artistic foreplay.” First seen in lower-class districts of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, tango is infused with Spanish and African influences and has existed as an art form since the 19th century. Modern tango owes much to composer Astor Piazzolla, who’s been credited with “revolutionizing” the genre in the 1980s with his “nuevo tango,” a musical style incorporating jazz and classical elements. In addition to works by Piazzolla, Tango Buenos Aires will interpret the music of Eduardo Arolas, Julian Plaza, and other masters. Trivia: Among tango’s more irreverent versions is “queer tango,” which allows for same-sex dancing as well as opportunities for women to lead and men to follow. Also, in 2009, tango was officially added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. $31, 8pm, Jo Long Theatre, Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N Hackberry, (210) 207-7211, thecarver.org.

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