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“FOREVER TANGO”
RETURNS TO S.F. BETTER THAN EVER
BY IRIDE APARICIO

Photos Courtesy: Charles Sukow Associates

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ANNA TREGUNSKAY & DMITRY CHAPLIN

SAN FRANCISCO, CA –  The TANGO can only be  described  by one word: “Sensuality”. The origin of the dance was the arrabal, where it was born in  the  Nineteenth Century in the bars, in the manufacturing factories, in the street corners and in the secluded rooms of  the  enrramadas  (the Brothels) of Buenos Aires.
Nothing in the dance  shows constraint. The Tango is primitive, wild.  Its vigorous dance movements, inspired by raw passion.  While dancing the Tango, the couples feel each other’s body as they move rhythmically, as one.  And dancing, they made love to each other as they embrace and touch.

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ROMINA LEVIN & JUAN PAULO HORVATH


In its lyrics, however,  the TANGO cries as it tell us stories of  broken dreams, lost love,  and the good and the bad times in life. To understand its soul, however, we need to know that many of its words are written in a language of its own, called  “El Metejón,”  that can only be understood by Argentinians, because it is the Argentinian Slang  that was created  during  the years of immigrants who amalgamated words of their  European languages with Spanish. So we find in the lyrics words like "Pifiear"  (to make a mistake)  "Jovato"  (old man) and "Macanear"  (To say silly things). None of these words belong to any language.

Because of the sensual character of the dance, the Argentine society rejected the TANGO, so it remained in hiding  in the arrabals, until years later when the Argentinean  intellectuals introduced it in Paris where it was immediately accepted by the Parisian society. A few years later the TANGO was re-introduced in Argentina again, and this time, it stayed.

And maybe, because of its history,  in its instrumentation, each tango expresses a feeling. At times, the sadness  of those who felt like outcasts in their new country. Other times, the frustration of  being forced to leave their homes in a disintegrating Europe, with their families, with the hope of rebuilding their lives in Argentina. So, the TANGOS wail  in the  the sound of the  Bandoleóns, or  expressed their anger when the guitar player runs his hand over all the strings of hisguitar several times, and the TANGO sobs, in the melancholic sound of  of a cello.

Those above described are the sounds we hear in “FOREVER TANGO.”  And there are the dances in all theTANGO styles, starting with EL SUBURBIO  in which we see various Pimps in a brothel,  offering different girls to the male "customers" in a number in wich all the couples dance together at times doing the same steps and thene ach couple dances a different style of tango. And for those TANGO lovers, the show shows all the styles.

The members of the company are NATALIA TURELLI, ARIEL ALMIRON, DAVID LEGUIZAMON, BELEN BARTOLOME, ROMINA LEVIN, JUAN PAULO HORVATH, SEBASTIAN RIPOLL, MARIANA BOJANICH ALDANA SILVEYRA Y DIEGO ORTEGA. Each one of them a great dancer who execute the dance masterfully with rhythm and style. The show includes a “funny Tango” danced by ARIEL ALMIRON 7 NATALIA TURELLI and the “historical tango,”  danced by Dancing with the Stars’ Russian Guest Dancers  ANNA TREBUNSKAYA and DMITRY CHAPLIN, “Come I’all Faut”  that was written by EDUARDO ARONA in Paris in the year l9l0,  and was the first tango ever introduced to the Parisian society, in Paris. The dancing style of this tango, demonstrates to today's audience, the way the tango was danced in Europe at that time..

Presented as songs, the show includes the tango “UNO” and , "EL DIA QUE ME QUIERAS"  interpreted by MARCELA RIOS, in a well modulated voice. It also included different number played by the orchestra of l0 musicians conducted by Argentine  Bandoneonist, composer and Arranger HORACIO ROMO, former member of the Youth Orchestra of Tango, Grand Debut Orchestra, and Orquesta  Color Tango for nine years performing in Italy, Holland, Spain, France, Brazil, Uruguay, Japan and Sweden, to name of few. 

Among the Soloist on Opening Night, was also  JORGE VERNIERI, recipient of many awards for excellence in performance. A master pianist with an admirable touch of the keyboard, and a sense of feeling for the music.  The Pianist is also and a creative composer , arranger and orchestra leader. Before joining FOREVER TANGO in Toronto in l996, he toured extensively throughout Latin American playing recitals as a concert pianist and performing with bands and orchestras in Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Bogot, y San Juan de Puerto Rico.

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 ROMINA LEVIN  and  JUAN PABLO HORVATH

Playing with his orchestra, was the Director and Creator of  “FOREVER TANGO” LUIS BRAVO. Maestro BRAVO is a world famous Classical Cellist born in Añatuya, Santiago del Estero who after studying in the Municipal Conservatory of Music"Manuel de Falla" and the University of Buenos Aires became a member of the Argentine National Symphony, a position he held until he moved to the United States to study with the celebrated teacher Ronald Leonard. As a Cellist, he received several awards around the World.

He created FOREVER TANGO  with a group of Classical musicians in Argentina.  The show  debuted on November 23, l990 in the Cirque Nicole in Santiago, Chile, followed by a tour in eight cities of the United States and Canada. In l994 the show was presented in the Wilshire Theatre in Los Angeles and then in San Francisco where the show became a success. It stayed in the City for two years. With this new version at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco,  which follows four Seasons in Broadway, the birth of a second Company in Europe, and tours around the world,  FOREVER TANGO. returns to the City that made it famous, better than ever.

 
 
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