‘Forever Tango’

By From page B1 | December 25, 2013

The sensual tango entrances audiences. "Forever Tango" comes to Folsom next month. Courtesy photo

Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango inhabits a world where everything can be said with the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the arch of an eyebrow.

“Forever Tango,” coming to Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center for the Arts next month, features 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage, 11-piece orchestra, including “the instrument of the tango” — the bandonen, in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina.

The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of a collaboration between each couple and director/creator Luis Bravo.

“The tango is a feeling that you dance,” Bravo explained, “a story you tell in three minutes. It’s passionate; it’s melancholic. It’s tender, violent. You dance it with somebody — but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. More than just a dance, the tango is a music, a drama, a culture, a way of life.”

Bravo was born in Añatuya, Santiago de Estero in rural Argentina. His musical talent as a boy encouraged his parents to move to Buenos Aires, where he received a formal education at the Municipal Conservaty of Music Manuel de Falla and the University of Buenos Aires. Shortly after his graduation, Bravo became a member of the Argentine National Symphony, a position he held until he moved to United States to study with the celebrated teacher Ronald Leonard.

In March 2001, Bravo toured Japan with violinist Taro Hakase with whom he recorded the tango album “Nostalgia” for Toshiba EMI with the Forever Tango Orchestra.

In addition to his soloist career, Bravo has firmly established himself as an artistic producer of a recognized reputation. He was awarded the Spoleto Festival’s coveted Simpatia Prize for “Forever Tango,” which closed the Italian festival in 1996 .”Forever Tango” was voted Best Touring Musical of 1996 by Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle in San Francisco where it played an unprecidented 92 weeks at the Theatre on the Square. The show opened on Broadway June 1997 for what was expected to be an eight-week engagement; it ran for 14 months and has since been back to New York on Broadway twice.

Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango inhabits a world where everything can be said with the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the arch of an eyebrow.

Luis Bravo, creator/director; Víctor Lavallén, orchestra director; Noemí Marcela, singer; with dancers: Victoria Galoto and Juan Paulo Horvath, Marcela Durán and Gaspar Godoy David, Leguizamón and Belén Bartolomé, Florencia Blanco and Hernán Lazart, Natalia Turelli and Ariel Manzanares, Diego Ortega and Aldana Silveyra and Sebastián Ripoll and Mariana Bojanich; and the orchestra: Víctor Lavallén, Carlos Niesi and Eduardo Miceli, bandoneons; Humberto Ridolfi and José Luis Marina, violins; Washington Williman, viola; Luis Bravo, cello; Héctor Pineda; and Jorge Vernieri, piano.

Dates & details
“Forever Tango” comes to Harris Center for the Arts Jan. 3-5; performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $39 to $59 each with premium seats available for $69; there is a 10 percent discount offered on single tickets Sunday night. Purchase tickets online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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