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TANGO BUENOS AIRES, returns on Feb. 8 & Feb. 9

January 7, 2003
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TANGO BUENOS AIRES RETURNS TO
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Two performances: Saturday, February 8, 8PM & Sunday, February 9, 2PM


Fairfax, Virginia, January 8, 2002—After their appearance here in 1999 – during the company’s first U.S. tour – Tango Buenos Aires was praised by The Washington Post as a "seasoned and authentic tango company," noting that the dancing consisted of "dazzling footwork," creating a "swirling, fast-paced tapestry of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings." George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, "Great Performances at Mason" series, welcomes back this troupe in their program "The Golden Age of the Tango", Saturday, February 8 at 8PM and Sunday, February 9 at 2PM.

This historically accurate overview of ‘the dance of love’ combines live music (including traditional bandonéon), vocal performances and, of course, the dance – with evocative pieces designed for couples, single men with the female dancers, solo dancers, and the entire company. A pre-performance discussion (FREE to ticketholders) is held 45-minutes prior to the performance on the Grand Tier of the Concert Hall.

Tango Buenos Aires founder Osvaldo Requena was succeeded in his role by renowned Argentine pianist Crisitan Zárate. The company’s six piece orchestra features Pablo Mainetti, currently considered the world’s greatest bandonéon player.

This program, more than a theatrically enhanced overview – like so many ethnic dance/music performances today – strives, and succeeds, to capture the essence of the tango and its origins in an uncompromising performance. Using works of composers born at the dawn of the twentieth century, as well as those born within the last 80 years, this retrospective moves from the streets, to the salon, and to tango’s adoption by the Argentine bourgeois, and finally its worldwide acceptance.

Tickets for TANGO BUENOS AIRES are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 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.


GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s 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.