Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Performing Arts Center will present Tango Buenos Aires on March 19 at 8 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall, 230 River Rd., Athens. The company’s program, entitled Fire and Passion of Tango, will feature dancers accompanied by an onstage orchestra playing traditional tango instruments: piano, guitar, violin, double bass, and bandoneón.
The Washington Post praised Tango Buenos Aires for its “repeatedly swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” Founded by the famous composer and director, Osvaldo Requena, the company has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the tango, according to Columbia Artists Management.
Tango Buenos Aires began touring the world in 1987, and in 1991, the company traveled to Southeast Asia, giving performances in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and introducing the tango to Indonesia for the first time. In 1993, the company hosted a series of unprecedented master classes and residencies with Chinese dancers at the Dance University of Beijing, teaching the origin and evolution of the tango.
In 2005, Julian Vat, one of Argentina’s most prolific composers and a leading musician, assumed the title of music director of Tango Buenos Aires. Performance underwriters are Janey M. Cooley, Virginia M. Macagnoni and Christine L. Pavlak.
Tickets are $20 – $37 with discounts for UGA students and groups of 15 or more. For more information, call 706/542-4400 or 888/289-8497 or see www.uga.edu/pac.