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TANGO BUENOS AIRES RETURNS TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

October 2, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK
TANGO BUENOS AIRES
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007 at 7 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 26, 2007 – “Swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings,” reported The Washington Post after Tango Buenos Aires last performed at George Mason University Center for the Arts in 2003. This sensuous dance ensemble is considered Argentina’s greatest cultural export, tracing the history of the Argentine tango from its origins in 19th century dance halls and brothels in Argentina to its status as a new dance sensation in European high society. Tango Buenos Aires returns to Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier III.

“Alive and sensual, steaming with South American soul” (Las Vegas Review-Journal), Tango Buenos Aires never fails to mesmerize and astound audiences with its dazzling intricacy, dramatic flourish and deep emotion. In “The Four Seasons,” Tango Buenos Aires illustrates the evolution of the tango from the streets of Buenos Aires to an international phenomenon. The performance, choreographed by Lidia Segni, begins with the men dancing among themselves, as is tango tradition, and the women soon partner up with them. Each couple brings its own interpretive style of the tango, but the rhythm and passion intensifies in all of the dancers. “Here was the leg as lethal as a weapon, with ferocious yet precise interlocking knees, complex syncopation, smooth-as-velvet turns, swiveling hips, lightning-fast displacements of the feet, dramatic full-body drags and complex, daring lifts” (Houston Chronicle). Six talented instrumentalists led by Musical Director Julian Vat accompany the vibrantly dressed tango dancers. “Plenty of color and atmosphere came from the music, lively characterizations by the dancers and a non-stop parade of dazzling costumes, changed for every number” (Houston Chronicle).

Tango Buenos Aires was created in 1986 for the “Jazmines” festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret Michelangelo by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. The company had tremendous success and began touring and performing at festivals worldwide. Requena was at first succeeded by renowned pianist Cristian Zárate as musical director, then Julian Vat in 2005. The company is led by Producer and Artistic Director Rosario Bauza, named the cultural ambassador for tango by Argentina's minister of culture in 1988.

 

Tango Buenos Aires also appears at Strathmore in Bethesda, Md. on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for TANGO BUENOS AIRES are $44. $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.