When Flamenco Met Tango
It was simply a taste of heaven on Earth when the Prima Tango Dance Company & Music Ensemble merged with the Flamenco Dance Company & Musical Group in “Flamenco Loves Tango” at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Sunday evening, October 25th.
A passionate love story between two separate cultures and worlds was told, expressed by dance and movement, with each step controlled, yet graceful and energetic.
Each tango carried the essence of its beloved Buenos Aires, the magical city exuding emotion and pride in its cultural art forms. The cool autumn evening’s performance, sponsored by the Consulate General and Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic, brought a touch of nostalgia, and dance in its purest forms (just soul and feet!) to an audience of Los Angeles aficionados.
Under the exquisite direction and choreography of Jorge Visconti and Briseyda Zarate, each performer got a chance to shine, both individually and collectively as an ensemble.
The suave, smooth sounds of the Prima Tango Music Ensemble (bandoneon, guitar, double bass and violin) lent an authentic flavor, while a multi-media slideshow of Argentina’s glorious skylight served as the backdrop.
Each Flamenco dancer, draped in colorful garb, combined with the tango ensemble, in fiery red and black, told the dialogue of the two dances, and the thread of romance sewn between them.
The two worlds ultimately collide, with the entire company dancing with a passion that consumes the spark within, glowing with wholeness and brilliance that only true love can generate.