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THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE PRESENTA: TANGO LEGENDS, ABRIL 8, 2014

Sexy, sultry South American sizzle! Tango Legends struts across the
Southam Hall stage at the National Arts Centre.

April 1, 2014 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Tango Legends brings to the stage the soul of Argentina and the fiery magic of tango. Stabbing quicksteps, swooning lunges, and flashing kicks — experience an unforgettable mix of music, song, and dance with Argentina's internationally renowned Tango Legends by Mariela Maldonado & Pablo Sosa . This is edge-of-your-seat performance, with 14 sensational dancers and live music (performed by two soulful singers and the remarkable Lautaro & Emiliano Greco Quintet ). Hailed by critics worldwide and playing to sold-out houses, this devilishly sexy spectacle leaves audiences breathless. Tango Legends by Mariela Maldonado & Pablo Sosa will be performed in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Tuesday April 8 at 8 p.m.

Tango Legends is a fiery and spectacularly entertaining show. These master artists reveal what makes tango legendary, displaying its various styles with signature glamour and sensuality. Tango Legends is an electrifying extravaganza of dance, throbbingly sensual, with seductive live music, gorgeous costumes, and stunning solo performances, mesmerizing duets, and tightly synchronized ensembles.

Two of tango's brightest stars are Mariela Maldonado and Pablo Sosa, who have shone since their debut in 1996. The duo have performed in some of the world’s best tango shows, undertaken extensive world tours, and received rave reviews. At the peak of their careers, Mariela and Pablo founded Tango Legends , putting onstage the grand legends and history of this dramatic dance form. In 2012, Maldonado and Sosa were honoured with
the title ‘Outstanding Personalities of Culture’ by the government of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
 

The program consists of two exciting acts. "Tiempo de Guapos" (Time of the Beautiful People) recreates the golden age of tango, when handsome men in elegant suits were partnered by beautiful women of style and grace. Theirs is an erotic dance-floor embrace, face to face, with legs tangling and untangling in complex figures, following the insistent beat of the live band. Elegantly sensual couples woo and court in sultry mating dances, displaying different tango styles from the early days: the romantic valses , the speedy and intricate tangos, the spicy and witty milongas .


Act II shows the considerable influence of tango on contemporary, classical, and ballroom dance. During the last part of the 20th century, the choreography of these dances evolved to allow more personal creativity and imaginative interpretations. As a result, each of the dozen dancers onstage has more room to improvise.

The music, played by the Vice Versa Quintet (piano, contrabass, bandoneon, violin, and electric guitar) , reveals the influence of Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), a composer and bandoneon player who inspired a tango revival. With three albums under their collective belts and several international tours behind them, the quintet is the perfect sounding board for the dancers.

More than just a dance, tango is the embodiment of full-bodied, hot-blooded passion, the word itself conjuring a world of sensuality, beauty, and soul-moving body language . A fusion of Argentinean, Cuban, and African influences, its rise from local phenomenon in the
working-class heart of Buenos Aires to global fixture was emphasized when UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee of Intangible Heritage granted tango protected cultural status in 2009.

 

ABOUT TANGO LEGENDS

MARIELA MALDONADO Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer

PABLO SOSA Founder, Artistic Director, Dancer

WALTER DELGADO Costume Designer, Wardrobe Director

ADRIAN GRIMOZZI Lighting Director

FEDERICO NICOLAO Sound Director

NAUVILLAR SOSA Stage Director

Lautaro & Emiliano Greco Quintet Music

ZEYNEP ÖZLEM BAS - OZ PRODUCTIONS Producer

DURATION 2 hours, including intermission

Come Tango with Us!

Join us after the show for a post-performance milonga in the Southam
Hall lobby.

Led by Brigitte and Francis Caron of Ottawa’s Siempre Tango.

 

TICKETS AND PERFORMANCES

Tango Legends by Mariela Maldonado & Pablo Sosa will be performed in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Tuesday April 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40, $56, $71, and $81 for adults and $21.50, $29.50, $37, and $42 for students (upon presentation of a valid student ID card).

Groups of 10 or more save 15% to 20% off regular ticket prices; to reserve your seats, call

613 947-7000 x634, or e-mail grp@nac-cna.ca

 

Tickets are available for purchase:

·          in person at the NAC Box Office

·          at all Ticketmaster outlets *

·          by telephone from Ticketmaster, 1-888-991-2787 (ARTS)

·          online through the Ticketmaster link on the NAC’s website (www.nac-cna.ca ) *

* A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Eleri Evans
Marketing and Communications Officer

NAC Dance

613 947-7000 x379

eleri.evans@nac-cna.ca

 

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