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TANGO FIRE (article first published : 2006-02-1)

The South African premiere of the internationally acclaimed production Tango Fire will take place at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom in February before going on its national tour.

The show features ten torrid dancers accompanied by a quartet of brilliant young musicians and one of Argentina's finest singers in a sensuous journey through the history of Tango - one of the world's most alluring and exciting dance forms.

Tango is undoubtedly Argentina's dance gift to the world. The very word evokes sensuality and intrigue, lust and provocation, raw energy and knife-edged precision, primal rhythms and passion. This most intoxicating of dances emerged in Buenos Aires at the turn of the 20th century. The origins of Tango are largely controversial and go back further but the popular belief is that "ballroom" tango was born in the brothels and taverns of the city. It was the dance of the fugitive, pimp and immigrant, achieving its own distinctive body language.

Sensuous but not salacious - once condemned and banned by the Cardinals of Rome for its erotic power - Tango helped fire the 20th century domination of popular dance crazes by the music of The Americas.

Tango Fire traces the history of the Tango, from its origins in the red light district of Buenos Aires to the glamour of the Roaring Twenties; and its evolution to the world of contemporary dance accompanied by the music of the great Astor Piazzolla, Rodriques, Pugliese and others.

The show is produced and performed by the Argentinean Buenos Aires-based Estampas Portenăs Tango Company which has made an inedible mark on the world of dance. Founded in 1996 by the distinguished Argentine ballerina and choreographer Carolina Soler, the company has toured Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America to critical acclaim.

Tango Fire runs from February 24 to March 4, Tickets R195, booked at Computicket or Sibaya Box-Office on 031 580 5555.

(After the Durban season “Tango Fire” tours to the Johannesburg Civic Mandela Theatre from March 7 to 19 and Artscape Opera House in Cape Town from March 21 to 26. All bookings through Computicket.)




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