Audiences at Blackheath Halls this Saturday are being transported to the steamy dance floors of Argentina with the help of Tango Siempre, one of the leading tango companies in the UK, writes Holly O’Mahony…
Their show Tangomotion is a plunge back into 1930s and 40s Buenos Aires, particularly into the music of 20th century composer Astor Piazzolla – and the dances it inspired.
Piazzolla is credited for revolutionising the traditional tango into a new style, nuevo tango, which incorporates elements from both jazz and classical music. Following his death in 1992, American music critic Stephen Holden described Piazzolla as “the world’s foremost composer of tango music”.
As well as playing their own compositions, the Tango Siempre band – who tour as a quartet or seven-piece tango orchestra – play transcribed arrangements of Piazzolla’s compositions, as heard on historical recordings. Audiences watching this latest performance by Tango Siempre can expect two hours of traditional tango dance performed to a fusion of classical, jazz, tango and roots.
Tango Siempre have been touring tango music and dance productions across the UK since 1998. The group created the musical score for the Olivier-nominated Midnight Tango, seen by half a million people across three national tours and two West End runs. The group have also appeared on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing; 1996 film Evita (starring Madonna); and Sally Potter’s Covent Garden production of Carmen.
Tangomotion is on at Blackheath Halls,
23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ. February 23, from 7:30pm – 9:30pm.
Admission: £15/£13 concessions.