S. MARK TAPER AUDITORIUM
January 17 @ 4pm
Luis Bravo's FOREVER TANGO, the internationally celebrated show that has toured throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia to great acclaim, will beguile and ignite Seattle audiences when they appear at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium at Benaroya Hall on Sunday, January 17 at 4 p.m. Starring Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin as seen on 'Dancing with the Stars' - and featuring vocals by Marcela Rios - FOREVER TANGO features 12 world-class tango dancers, traditional Argentine 1930s style vocalist, Marcela Ríos, and a 10-piece orchestra anchored by the bandoneón - the accordion-like instrument that is the mainstay of tango music - in an evening that celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina.
Tickets for FOREVER TANGO start at $25. VIP tickets are available for $125 and include a post show meet & greet with Trebunskaya and Chaplin, preferred seating and a FOREVER TANGO CD. All tickets can be purchased now online at seattlesymphony.org, by phone at 207.215.4747 or in person at the Benaroya Hall Box Office located at 3rd Ave. & Union St. FOREVER TANGO is presented by Artbeat, Inc.
About FOREVER TANGO
FOREVER TANGO tells the story of the birth of the tango in 19th century Argentina where thousands of men, having abandoned a disintegrating Europe to emigrate to South America, found themselves in the crowded abattoirs (packing houses), the bars and street corners of the arrabales (outlying barrios) and in the enramadas (brothels). The tango was born of this lonely and violent existence. Originally shunned by Argentina society as indecent, the tango became an overnight craze in upper-class Paris when Argentine intellectuals taught it when traveling abroad. The tango quickly spread across Europe and to America, and was eventually re- imported home to Argentina society, though not unchanged. Born in the brothels and bordellos of Buenos Aires, the tango may be Argentina's best-known export.
FOREVER TANGO is music, drama, culture, a way of life. Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango is a feeling that you dance. The story is told through the flick of the leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot, and the arch of an eyebrow. It's passionate, yet melancholic. Tender, yet violent. You dance it with somebody, but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. Twelve world-class tango dancers plus special guest artists as seen on 'Dancing With The Stars,' one vocalist and the ten-piece FOREVER TANGO orchestra will leave you breathless!
Hailed as 'a must-see!' by the New York Times, FOREVER TANGO was voted 'Best Touring Musical' by Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle in San Francisco where it played an unprecedented 92 weeks at the Theatre on the Square and has returned season after season. 'Torrid, Tremendous and Terrific'- The Toronto Sun. 'Gloriously varied, stunningly performed and beguilingly sexy: Forever Tango must be seen!' - The London Times. Truly an international event, FOREVER TANGO was also awarded the coveted Simpatia Prize at the 1996 Spoleto Festival in Italy. FOREVER TANGO opened on Broadway in June of 1997 for what was expected to be an eight-week engagement and proceeded to run for 14 months. FOREVER TANGO has since performed on Broadway on three separate occasions. http://forevertango.org/
About LUIS BRAVO
Luis Bravo, the creator/director of FOREVER TANGO, is a world-class cellist who has performed with major symphonies throughout the world. His distinguished credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Colon Theatre Opera House, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and other prestigious ensembles.
Mr. Bravo was born in Añatuya, Santiago de Estero and moved to Buenos Aires when he was 8. He began guitar studies at age 4 and later turned to the cello. Mr. Bravo attended both the Municipal Conservatory of Music Manuel de Falla and the University of Buenos Aires. Shortly after his graduation, he 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. His engagements have also included the Colón Theatre Opera House, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, and more.
He won numerous prizes while studying in Argentina. An avid performer of Argentinean music, Mr. Bravo presented the world premier of the Double Concerto for Cello, Bandoneón and Orchestra by Lisandro Adrover - a widely praised piece which was dedicated to him and which he performed with Mr. Adrover at the Cervantes National Theatre with the Argentine National Symphony.
In 1998, Mr. Bravo and Ruben Blades from ACE received special recognition as the two most successful Latin artists on Broadway. He created a television special for the Canadian Broadcasting Company featuring Karen Kain where she performed 'A Evaristo Carriego' from Forever Tango with Jorge Torres.
The Boston Pops Orchestra dedicated a special program of Mr. Bravo's work for the series 'Evenings at Pops' for PBS with Leslie Caron as a host. He is deeply involved in promoting talent through his company that specializes in Argentine tango and folkloric music. Popular Argentine music has surprising variety. Its extremes range from the 'Baguala' consisting of three sounds sung without harmonic accompaniment, to the sublime complexities of internationally renowned compositions by Astor Piazzolla and Lisandro Adrover. The same is true in the field of dance. Within the variety, there is a sharp contrast between rural and urban characteristics, i.e. folklore and tango.
In March 2001, Mr. 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, Mr. 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.
In 2002 he created Malambo. In this production, Mr. Bravo and his company of 30 performers direct from Argentina, offer an electric panorama of Argentine music, song and dance, incorporating the juxtaposition of the rural gaucho dance tradition known as malambo, with the urban sophistication of tango, and the Spanish influence of fiery flamenco.
The malambo was born in the early 17th century in the Pampas grasslands of Argentina, and originated as a tournament of gaucho (or cowboy) skills, danced solely by men. Rhythmic, unruly and characterized by virtuoso foot work, malambo dancing incorporates a unique style of heel tapping, and cepillada or grazing the floor with the sole of the foot. It forms part of folkloric dance, born of daily activities in small rural communities, influenced by nature and the landscape. In sharp contrast, the tango took root in a culture created by European immigrants converging on Buenos Aires during the late nineteenth century. Urban and nocturnal, it was popularized in the brothels as a dance of loneliness, passion and lust. Both dances are native to Argentina, but have come to represent the clash between the pre-existing and the colonizing immigrant cultures. Folklore remains the most American component, and brings to the foreground the first encounter between the colonized and the colonizer. The first confrontation, the submission and subsequent deep resentments were exacerbated by the growth of Buenos Aires and the enormous migratory European flow. For these reasons and others, folklore and tango stand in opposition.
About ANNA TREBUNSKAYA
#1 on the list of the Top 10 Hottest 'Dancing with the Stars' Female Pro Dancers - Past and Present
With her breathtaking red hair and sexy moves, Anna Trebunskaya is a veteran of ABC's Emmy award winning 'Dancing with the Stars.' As a professional dancer and choreographer on more than 10 seasons of the top rated program, Anna has waltzed, fox trotted, tangoed and cha cha'ed with NFL greats, Olympians, boxing legends, UFC fighters, actors, fashion icons and musicians. She has also been a co-host for abc.com's DWTS All-Access and AfterBuzzTV.com. You can also catch Anna as performer and host with the touring show, Ballroom with a Twist, and she is now reprising her role in Forever Tango, which she originally performed in 2011-2012. Trebunskaya has also been seen as an actress in HBO's 'The Newsroom.' An entrepreneur, Anna owns the You Can Dance Ballroom Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA.
With grace, a stellar personality and the humor of a stand-up comedian, Anna is the perfect mix of vixen and girl next door. The Russian beauty has been featured in numerous media outlets including Shape Magazine, Life & Style, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, TV Guide, Runway, InTouch, People, US Weekly, and many others.
About DMITRY CHAPLIN
Dmitry's (originally Dmytro Cheshun) dancing career began at the age of 12 in his hometown of Rostov-on-Don in Russia. He moved to the United States in 1999 and after studying both in America and the United Kingdom, he began representing the United States at many world famous ballroom competitions. In 2006, Dmitry's dance career took a different course - he won a place on the FOX hit TV show 'So You Think You Can Dance' and became one of America's Top 10 dancers.
After a series of guest performances on 'American Idol,' Dmitry was invited as a 'special guest' to dance with Gloria Estefan on the Emmy-winning episode, 'Idol Gives Back.' Numerous TV offers followed, leading to special guest appearances on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'Good Morning America,' 'Live with Regis and Kelly,' 'Larry King Live,' 'KTLA,' 'The View' and many more. Chaplin performed on tour with Anna Trebunskaya in Ballroom with a Twist. Chaplin is also an Emmy-nominated choreographer for his work with 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
About MARCELA RIOS
From 1986 to 1991, Marcela sang in the hit Argentinean television show 'Grandes Valores del Tango.' At the same time she was performing as a vocalist for the Agrupación Orquestal directed by José Colángelo.
After leaving the orchestra, she toured Central and South America, Spain, Portugal and France. In 1995 she received the 'Estrella de Mar' Award in Mar del Plata with the great comedian Juan Verdaguer and singer Jorge Sobral for the Best Musical category. That same year she was invited to participate in FOREVER TANGO at the Theatre on the Square in San Francisco for an unprecedented 92 week run. Making her return in 2002, and again in 2013, she has been performing and touring with FOREVER TANGO around the USA, Central America, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turkey and Greece.
Artbeat is a nonprofit arts organization founded by David Shaw presenting world music, dance, theatre and jazz in over 41 states in the U.S. Artbeat is committed to bringing the very best in cultural entertainment to communities both large and off-the-beaten-track.
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