CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 20, 2015 – The Southeast Missouri State University River Campus welcomes one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. For over 30 years, this magnificent company has been touring the world, showcasing one of the most exciting forms of dance. We invite your heart to quicken its pace as you enjoy an evening of this amazing, sensual tour de force.
“This is truly the finest Argentinian touring company in existence, presenting a sizzling program. The Tango, by definition, is red-hot and sultry. We are fortunate that Tango Buenos Aires could fit us into another of their coast-to-coast U.S. tours. I can promise you an exhilarating evening of the most sensual of dance forms,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.
The company will perform “Song of Eva Peron,” a journey through dance and music of the life of Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina and one of the most important feminine characters in Argentinian history. It will chronicle her rise from humble beginnings to her being sworn in as the First Lady of Argentina.
Tango Buenos Aires was created for the “Jazmines” festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret “Michelangelo” by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. The company met with tremendous success and was immediately added to the season of the General San Martin Municipal Theatre.
In 1986, the company traveled to the United States to represent Argentina at the Latin-American festival, which took place at the Delacorte Theatre in New York City’s Central Park during August.
The event was followed by an extensive tour throughout the United States, along with trips to Mexico, Puerto Rico and El Salvador, followed by a return to the United States via Miami and San Francisco. Since then, the company has continued to tour many other countries throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.
According to the Orange County Register, “The terrific Tango Buenos Aires company redraws Perón’s physicalization to include cunning legs, smoldering rhythms and the peculiar masculine-feminine tensions of tango. It adds new strength and dimension to the heroine and is indeed faithful to the era; During Perón’s time, the snaky, stylized Argentinian dance saw a strong resurgence.”
According to Callback News, “It was the most entertaining tango show this reviewer has seen in a long time. It wasn’t just the superb music and dancing or the captivating choreography and costumes that made the production so distinctive – it was the concept of the show itself. Highlights from the life of legendary Eva Perón were presented through the language of tango with artistic performances, imaginative choreography and creative integrity that retained the spirit of Argentina’s tango heritage.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.