m¡longa is the work of contemporary dancer and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the man behind Beyoncé’s breath-taking routine for the 2017 Grammy Awards. A Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Cherkaoui is internationally renowned for his ground-breaking productions and celebrated as one of the most original talents working in contemporary dance today.
Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has long captivated the world with its sexuality, power and beauty. Inspired by the late night tango scene in intimate bars across Buenos Aires (the street dance culture of Argentina that has influenced popular tango shows today such as Vincent & Flavia and TV’s Strictly Come Dancing), Cherkaoui draws on traditional influences and adds a contemporary twist. The result is a seductive and fascinating exploration of tango for the 21st century.
Combining a cast of 17 performers – ten Argentinean tango dancers, two contemporary dancers and five musicians – Cherkaoui brings his own unique choreographic style to the production.
m¡longa features music from Argentinean composer Fernando Marzan. He continues the legacy of the Marzan family as a line of extremely reputable and well-known musicians in Buenos Aires and some of his many recordings include the soundtracks of Evita, starring Madonna, and The Impostors, starring Oliver Platt and Stanley Tucci. For m¡longa, Cherkaoui reunites with long term collaborator, additional composer Szymon Brzóska. Video and set design is by Eugenio Szwarcer, costumes are by renowned fashion designer Tim Van Steenbergen, lighting is by Adam Carrée and sound by Gaston Briski.
Tango superstar Nélida Rodriguez de Aure is artistic consultant for the production. An accomplished tango teacher, some of Nélida’s most well-known students include stars of stage and screen Rita Moreno, Sharon Stone, Ivan Vasiliev, Anthony Quinn and Robert Duvall.
m¡longa is at Newcastle Theatre Royal for two nights only, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 June 2017, at 7.30pm. Tickets are from £16. Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21 (Calls cost 7ppm plus your phone company’s access charge) or book online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk
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