Argentine Company Tango x 2 Looks at the History of Buenos Aires's Signature Dance

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The tango has risen, over the past century or so, from the barrooms and brothels of Buenos Aires to become one of Argentina's great contributions to world culture — and the very image of urban sophistication and simmering passion.

Tango x 2, one of the form's most thrilling exponents and a company which has performed all over the globe, looks at its own history and that of the tango itself with its latest show, Su Historia, which opens tonight at New York City Center.

Miguel Angel Zotto, the founder and director of Tango x 2 (to be pronounced en espaê±ol as "tango por dos"), studied with some of the great maestros of the form, and their voices and images will be heard and seen in the first part of the show. The development of the dance, its key movements and musical signatures, are traced through a sampler of programs from the company's 18-year history. In Act II, Zotto pays homage to composer Astor Piazzolla and lyricist Horacio Ferrer as well as offering some never-before-seen sequences of modern tango.

Lest this sound like a dry lecture-demonstration — not to worry. When the company performed Su Historia at Sadler's Wells in London last May and June, Clement Crisp wrote in the Financial Times that "these dancers explore the tango, embroider it with wit and tireless ingenuity, tear into it like demons or caress it with huge affection ... it is the delight of watching these electrically responsive couples cutting a dash that intoxicates us, just as the tempi and rhythms of the tango intoxicate them."

Tango x 2's Su Historia runs tonight through Sunday (January 24-28) at City Center on West 55th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues in midtown Manhattan. The performance schedule is as follows: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling CityTix at 1-212-581-1212, visiting www.nycitycenter.org, or at the City Center box office. For more information on Tango x 2, please visit: www.tangox2.com.


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