INTO THE TANGO
Choreography: Alexander Richardson
Dancers: Erin Scott-Kafadar & Alexander Richardson
Join Erin and Alexander as they take you on their personal journey INTO THE TANGO of Buenos Aires. Having fallen in love dancing ballet together in Montréal, Canada, Erin and Alexander moved to Buenos Aires to discover the roots of tango and create their new dance company, PointeTango. In this real life story audiences are transported to the streets of Buenos Aires and witness the passion and intimacy of two lovers alone in a new city.
1. Spring, recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
The opening scene is fresh and alive with the sounds of birds and nature awakening after a cold winter. Cocooned in a transparent bubble two dancers expand and retract as they begin their metamorphosis into the tango. Leaving the world of ballet behind, they shed their skin and learn to move together as one. This scene finishes with hands touching, legs pointing and time freezing as they discover their first abrazo -The Tango embrace!
2. Infierno Porteño by Orquesta Típica Fernández Fierro
This punk tango, entitled “Infierno porteño” or “Buenos Aires Hell” by Orquesta Fernández Fierro sets the tone for a piece of protest and outrage against human injustice. In Argentina and many countries around the world abortion is illegal and the rights of women’s safety and choice has been taken away. After years of oppression and many deaths caused by forced pregnancy, Argentinians are taking to the streets to fight for women’s rights and freedom of choice.
In a solemn gloom, two protesters adorn themselves with the green pañelo of the Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Alborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito and prepare to join thousands of protesters on Avenida 9 de Julio in el Centro, Buenos Aires. Cautious and grave these two heavy hearted protesters dance a fierce tango as they walk, run and leap through the streets.
This is a tribute to all the women and human beings who have suffered and continue to suffer at the hands of those in power. #Ahora es cuando (Now is the time)
3. Clair de lune by Claude Debussy
After a sombre night, Erin awakes, and is startled to discover she is now alone. Searching for signs of her friend she finds the only trace of him is the green pañelo that he wore over his face the night before. As the soft, dreamy piano of Debussy begins she remembers the last few days in Buenos Aires and yearns for her partner to return.
As if sensing her distress, Alexander returns to be with her. Calm and joyful that they are now together, Erin and Alexander dance a traditional Argentine tango to this non-traditional song. Silence and their breathe guide them as they move to the soft notes of the piano and the quick rolling arpeggios of one of Debussy’s great masterpieces.
*Choreographer, Alexander Richardson was a contemporary composer and concert pianist before entering the world of Argentine tango. It has been nine years since he left Montréal for Buenos Aires and from time to time he still yearns for his McGill and Concordia University days studying and composing music. With a deep love and conviction for the complexity and heart of Argentine tango music, this classical piano piece is a dedication to the past that brought him into the tango.
This is a poem by one of Argentine’s greatest poet’s who was deeply connected to the life of tango and was a lyricist and friend to Astor Piazzolla. This brief spoken word talks about the city and the places, sights and sounds of the old milongueros as they return to home and work after a night out dancing. This transition is used to introduce the audience to the next three pieces that showcase the respect and love that Erin and Alexander have for traditional Argentine tango.
4. Palomita Blanca by Anibal Troilo y Roberto Grela
This traditional Argentine tango Vals features one of the greatest bandoneonist ever, Anibal Troilo. His simple and heartfelt playing in accompanied by the beautiful guitar of Roberto Grela.
One of the eternal classics of Argentine tango performed by El Rey del Compás” (King of the Beat)”, Juan D’Arienzo. Recorded in 1938
Fun and upbeat, this is a lively Milonga by another amazing Orquesta, Francisco Canaro. Canaro is one of the most popular and successful tango recording artist of all time. Recorded in 1939.
A change is coming! As the winds blows and howls, the stage is shaken with the sounds of an oncoming storm. Lost in the chaos of the storm a pointe shoe is blown across the stage. What is Erin to do? With one pointe shoe and one tango heel. The story of the tempest and the hurricane unfolds.
8. Borges y Paraguay by Bajofondo
As the storm subsides, Alexander runs out on stage and catches Erin to dance a tango that combines the sleek, hypnotic movements of the street mixed with moments of frenzied energy. This choreography is a world premier by the multi-talented Erin Scott-Kafadar and marks the first and only dancer in the world to dance tango with one foot on tango heels and the other on classical pointe shoes.
This year Erin and Alexander moved close to the corner of Borges and Paraguay in the trendy neighbourhood of Palermo, Buenos Aires. This electronic tango composed by the band Bajofondo is dedicated to the hip nightlife of this unique and funky barrio.
9. La Cumparcita by Juan D’Arienzo
Classic show tango, “tango scenario”. Danced in proper tango heels, this piece shows off the technique and artistry of Erin and Alexander, as they take on one of the most famous tangos of all time.
11. Tanguera by Sexteto Mayor
Now becoming a classic in PointeTango’s repertoire. Tanguera is a slick, clean and powerful number that demonstrates the fierce speed and precision that adding pointe work to Argentine tango can achieve.
12. Easy by Sun Lux
Contemporary pop song, with a contemporary twist, dance movement invented by the distinct movement vocabulary of PointeTango. Is this the end result or just the beginning of the metamorphosis of two dancers journeying deep into the tango…