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January 20, 2011
Tango Buenos Aires:
The Fire and Passion of Tango
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8pm
At Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2010-2011 World of Dance series on Saturday, February 26 at 8pm with Argentine company Tango Buenos Aires performing Fuego Tango y Pasión (The Fire and Passion of Tango). This journey through the history of modern tango features an ensemble of 25 musicians and dancers, performing to live music by Astor Piazzolla, Eduardo Arolas, Julian Plaza, and other masters.
Originally created by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena for the Jazmines festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret "Michelangelo," 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 in order to represent Argentina at the Latin-American Festival, which took place at the Delacorte Theatre in New York City's Central Park during the month of August. This 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. They have since become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, regularly touring the Americas, Europe and the Far East with their uncompromisingly authentic Tango performances.
Throughout its history, the company has enjoyed international acclaim under the leadership of several prominent musicians. In June 1999, the renowned pianist Cristian Zárate succeeded Mr. Requena as music director, and Pablo Mainetti, the world’s greatest bandoneon player, joined the orchestra. In 2005 Julian Vat, Argentina’s most prolific composer and leading musician, assumed the title of music director. The company currently performs under the direction of Emilio Kauderer.
About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center’s presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving 46,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools annually with its SchoolTime series.
Tango Buenos Aires at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 8pm
Tickets: $45/$36 ($48/$40 at door)
Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday – Saturday, 1pm – 6pm
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 33
Major support for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ World of Dance series is provided by National Grid. Additional support is provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are made possible in part with public funding from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for the 2010-2011 season is provided by: Target; JP Morgan Chase; Con Edison; Macy’s Foundation; Brooklyn Community Foundation; TD Bank; the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Health Plus; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in the New York Community Trust by founders of The Reader’s Digest Association. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO. Sheraton Brooklyn New York is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2010-2011 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly and Speaker Sheldon Silver; Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Senate and Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson; Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York City Council and Speaker Christine C. Quinn; and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.
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