Tango Buenos Aires dance company to perform at Eisenhower Feb. 24

February 01, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- Graceful dancing couples and superb musicians will fill the stage with simmering sensuality when the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State presents Argentina’s Tango Buenos Aires in "Fire and Passion of Tango" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $28 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at http://www.cpa.psu.edu/ or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

Learn more about the show, which features five dance couples and five musicians on stage, at http://www.cpa.psu.edu/events/tango.html.

Known throughout the Americas, Europe and East Asia, Tango Buenos Aires entertains without resorting to the glitz of some tango shows. The company, founded in the 1980s, strives for an authentic depiction of Argentina’s national dance.

Julian Vat, Argentina’s most prolific composer and a leading musician, serves as music director of the orchestra, which features bandoneon master Pablo Mainetti. Vat’s extensive resume includes composing and music directing for musical theater, ballet, tango dance companies and orchestras, films and recordings. As a flutist and saxophonist, he has performed tango and jazz throughout the Americas and Europe.

From 2001 to 2007, Vat collaborated with former American Ballet Theatre star Julio Bocca. Vat was the music director of Boccatango, a show that brought together elements of tango and ballet set mostly to music by Astor Piazzolla. Bocca and his company Ballet Argentino performed Boccatango at Eisenhower in November 2007.

The Grammy-nominated Mainetti, a native of Buenos Aires, was interested in tango music from a young age. He began playing the bandoneón, a type of concertina essential to providing tango music with its distinctive sound, when he was 14.

FOX 8, ABC 23 and MAJIC 99 are the media sponsors for the performance. The Penn State International Dance Ensemble Endowment underwrites dance presentations at the Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Lucrecia Laurel, assistant to the Tango Buenos Aires artistic director, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first-arrival basis. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

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