Into the Tango Press Release
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2019
Into the Tango
at the 2019 Fringe Festivals of Windsor, London, Toronto, Sault Ste Marie, North Bay and Victoria
★★★★★ Award-winning dance company, PointeTango returns from Buenos Aires with INTO THE TANGO, a breathtaking new show featuring world-class dancers Erin and Alexander. With fantastic lifts, ballet on pointe and flawless Argentine tango, this is a MUST-SEE show! ~Voted BEST DANCE show, 2018 Victoria Fringe
In 2018, Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson presented their critically acclaimed show, Para Dos to many sold out theatres across Canada. This summer they return from Buenos Aires with a brand new show, Into the Tango. This show immerses audiences into the passion, drama and intimacy of Argentine tango with a unique twist, tango on pointe! Showcasing fantastic lifts, elegant and crisp ballet, dazzling turns and flawless tango, reviewers rave about PointeTango’s performance as a “visual feast”, “carnal, stylish and a bit cheeky”, “pure magic” and “breathtakingly beautiful!” PointeTango aims to deliver another astounding program of contemporary dance featuring a varied score of traditional Argentine tango, classical piano and contemporary music. Don’t miss a world-class performance by Erin and Alexander as they whisk you away ‘Into the Tango’.
“Richardson’s choreography is a joy to behold”
★★★★★ – Check the Program
“Erin Scott-Kafadar makes dancing on pointe shoes look effortless”
-Saskatoon Star Phoenix
PointeTango is a unique dance company directed by choreographer, Alexander Richardson and created with lead dancer, Erin Scott-Kafadar. Pushing new boundaries of dance, PointeTango combines the intimacy of Argentine tango with the precision of classical ballet to create a new dance vocabulary.
WINNER Best of Venue WINNER Favourite Dance Show WINNER Tillee Award
Hamilton Fringe Victoria Fringe London Fringe
-show run time: 55 minutes
Media Contact: Alexander Richardson
Cell Phone: 1-514-999-7542 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
YouTube: PointeTango Promo Video: https://youtu.be/ACJaTETIUr8
About PointeTango Dance Company
PointeTango Dance Company emerged from the question: ‘What happens when classical ballet meets Argentine tango?’ To answer this, London born dancer and choreographer, Alexander Richardson moved to Buenos Aires in 2010 and began researching and living the life of tango. After teaching and performing all over the world in tango festivals, television and film, Alexander created PointeTango with his partner Erin Scott-Kafadar. Their mandate is to create and tour new innovative works showcasing the authenticity of improvised tango and the elegance of classical ballet. Having trained and worked in both disciplines of classical ballet and Argentine tango extensively, Erin and Alexander challenged themselves to develop a new dance vocabulary of “PointeTango”. The PointeTango technique respects the codes and connection of the Argentine tango abrazo (embrace) while searching for new solutions and opportunities to the challenges encountered when transitioning from heels to pointe shoes. PointeTango is the only company in the world to improvise Argentine tango on pointe. Their work has been performed on cruise ships internationally, featured in dance film projects and most recently toured their full-length show Para Dos with over thirty live presentations and many sold-out performances across Canada in the summer of 2018. Erin and Alexander are currently living in Buenos Aires where they created PointeTango’s new theatre show ‘Into the Tango’. In the summer of 2019, they are taking this show on tour to six different festivals across Canada. (Windsor, London, Toronto, North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Victoria.)
Principal dancer of PointeTango Dance Company
Erin Scott-Kafadar grew up in a house full of dance. Whether she was dancing in the studio during her mother’s ballet class or joining the circle of Turkish folk dancing at her father’s restaurant in Turkey, dance and music were always a big part of Erin’s life. She was born in Montreal, Canada where she completed a ten-year professional degree in Classical Ballet at L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec during which she started her professional career as a ballet dancer in 2010, touring with Le Jeune Ballet du Québec and with Ballet Ouest de Montréal’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’. Directly after graduating from L’ESBQ, she joined the Ballet Eddy Toussaint and was quickly promoted to Principal Dancer to tour with the company internationally for four years.
In 2016, Erin embarked on a new artistic path with her longtime partner in life and in dance, Alexander Richardson, and decided to take on Argentine tango. She began her training in Buenos Aires, where she studied with maestros Francisco Forquera, Gabriel Missé, “Los Totis”, Natalia Hills y Alejandro Aquino, Hugo Mastrolorenzo and many others. She is currently the principal dancer of PointeTango Dance Company which has led her to perform on stages and dance floors with her partner Alexander Richardson in Buenos Aires, on cruise ships internationally and in festivals and events across Canada.
Director, choreographer and dancer of PointeTango Dance Company
Originally from London, Ontario, Alexander discovered a passion for music and dance with his involvement with the London Youth Symphony, high school theatre and musical productions and dance classes in ballet and modern dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The drive to create led him to Montreal where he completed a three-year degree in classical ballet at Ballet Divertimento and a separate three-year Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts, music composition and contemporary dance at Concordia University.
PointeTango, emerged from the question: What happens when classical ballet meets Argentine Tango? To answer this, Alexander left Montreal in 2010 for Buenos Aires and began researching and living the life of tango.
After teaching and performing in Buenos Aires, international tango festivals, on cruise ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Pacific, and in television and film, Alexander created a new dance company with his partner Erin Scott-Kafadar. Their goal: to highlight the richness of Argentine tango along with a new dance vocabulary inspired by dancing tango on pointe. Alexander is also the author of the online multimedia book: Tango Scales; How to practice and learn Argentine tango.