Beaver Creek: Sensual South American dance comes to the Vilar
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” When describing Tango dancers, a couple is actually referred to as a “person.”
“This is because when a couple dances the Tango, you should only see one body moving, their motions should be so closely entwined,” Toni Rudov said.
It’s an indication of the passion and the intimacy that has long defined this sensual South American dance form.
“The Tango is all about lost love, reminiscing, missing a loved one ” it can be quite emotional and traumatic in some ways,” Rudov said.
And Rudov knows her Tango. She’s the associate producer of “Tango Fire,” the sizzling show featuring 10 dancers, four musicians and a vocalist, all of whom take the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
“Tango Fire” presents a full-scale review of the history of the dance form.
“The show starts with the early pieces, the traditional form of Tango,” Rudov said. “The first few arrangements are more old fashioned, with the dancers keeping their feet on the ground. The dresses and costumes reflect the era, with more subdued styles and colors.”
The show progresses chronologically, ending with more contemporary dance and fiery music arrangements by Astor Piazzolla.
“The modern dances feature more daring lifts and acrobatics,” Rudov said.
Yet no matter the era of origin, Rudov said the dancers impose their own interpretation and style on each and every piece in the program.
“Each couple moves to the music in their own way,” she said. “If they are dancing a more formal, rigid European Tango, they have a different style than if they are dancing the acrobatic modern arrangements. But each piece has its own identity and sensuality.”
The diversity of the dance is supplemented, Rudov said, by the youth of the company.
“It’s one of our greatest strengths,” she said. “They are the present generation of Tango dancers, and they bring that exuberance and energy to the show. But they also remain true to the basic elements of traditional Tango that have made it such an enduring form of expression.”
The three elements of tango
“There are three elements to Tango: music, dance and poetry,” Rudov said.
The “Tango Fire” show covers all of these bases. The Quatrotango band provides the music, with a piano, bandoneon, violin and double bass creating powerful rhythms for the dancers to follow.
Renowned vocalist Javier “Cardenal” Dominguez provides the poetry.
“He truly sings the lyrics from the heart, and that’s what you feel ” the longing and the emotion behind the music and dance,” Rudov said. “Often we hear feedback from audiences ” people come thinking they are going to see a dance show, but they are absolutely blown away by the music as well.”
The costumes complete the sensory journey of “Tango Fire.”
“The costumes are spectacular. We try to reflect the music and the era of dance in each respective costume. So the dresses in the first few tangos are in the style of the 1930s and 40s, and as the night progresses, they become more modern.”
It’s impossible to ignore the news. Each day there are new headlines about the economic woes and hardships being faced all over the country, and the globe.
But according to Rudov, this is precisely the tumultuous sort of environment out of which Tango was born in the first place.
“For many, many years, the Tango has helped people in Argentina and beyond to escape the hardships of life,” she said. “Ordinary people went to the Milongas to dance and listen to the music, and to escape the pressures of the politics and the difficult climate of regimes in Buenos Aires. Tango is still a very big part of life there, to this day, for that reason. Life can be hard, and Tango is a wonderful escape.”
What: Tango Fire
When: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
More information: 888-920-2787 or http://www.vilarpac.org
Sarah Dixon is the marketing manager of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.