TANGO (with the Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet)

 
9780803022065: TANGO (with the Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet)
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The Dancers of the Famed Geneva Grand Theatre Ballet Create a Spectacular Full-Length Show to the Vibrant and Throbbing Rhythms of the Argentine Tango.

Highly acclaimed choreographer Oscar Araiz (known for his work with the Joffrey Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada), uses Tango music, rhythms and movements to create 12 vignettes that are seductive, exciting and entertaining. Performed with undeniable flair and precision by some of the finest dancers in Europe, this DVD showcases one of South America's most influential and celebrated cultural accomplishments.

After its birth along the docks and in the slums of Buenos Aires, the Tango reached the height of international popularity between the first and second World Wars. The myths of its origins brings together European immigrants with the men of the ports (portenos) and the gauchos, blending the Andalusian Tango with the Cuban Habanera, while borrowing the musical syncopation of the Milonga and the rhythms of the African Candombe beat imported by slaves.

For the people of Argentina, the Tango is not merely a dance that invokes a sense of patriotic pride and heritage, but an exhilarating means of overcoming their sadness, pain and loss. Instead of succumbing to the finality of their often impoverished and desperate situations, the Tango, with its inseparable blend of dance, acting, and music, helped them face the daily struggles of life.

Selections include:
Responso
Introduction Kyrie
La Tablada
La Punalada
Sibando
Orgullo
Criollo
La Casita de mis Viejos
Pequena
Taconeando
Mi Refugio
El Dia que me Quieras
El Chocio

DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Instant Access to Tango Styles
Tango Terms
The Origins of Tango
Bonus Music: 3 songs by Tango Legend Carlos Gardel
Dolby Digital Stereo Audio
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
Multi-Directional Interactive Menus
Over 20 Scene Selections

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Review:

...choreographer Oscar Ariaz has artfully blended the intricate steps of the tango with ballet movements, modern dance floor work and inventive lifts. The result is tantalizing vignettes that elevate the tango to the concert stage... highly stylized and exciting Argentine tango... Outstanding --Dance Pages Quarterly

In one of his best efforts, choreographer Oscar Ariaz takes this most sensuous, expressive and exhilarating of dance forms and puts it through permutations to achieve a series of highly theatrical, loosely related tangos... The choreography is inventive and laden with unrestrained emotion, and the dancing by 28 members of the Geneva company is nonparcil. --Joe Gale, Summit Herald Independent

Tango has a unique personality and charisma that is cleverly captured by Araiz' intricate, sensuous choreography for this excellent Company... highly recommended. --Dance Magazine

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