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Celebrated show tells tale of tango's rise

LUIS Bravo's "Forever Tango," an entertainment event that has played to great acclaim in Europe, Canada, throughout the United States and most recently enjoyed its third run on Broadway, will ignite Shanghai audiences at the Shanghai City Theater for three performances from Friday to Sunday.

Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango inhabits a world where everything can be said with the flick of a leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the arch of an eyebrow.

Created and directed by Bravo, "Forever Tango" was voted "Best Touring Musical" by Bay Area Theater Critics Circle in San Francisco where it played an unprecedented 92 weeks at the Theater on the Square and has returned season after season. It was also awarded the coveted Simpatia Prize at the 1996 Spoleto Festival in Italy.

"Forever Tango" features 14 world-class tango dancers, one vocalist and an on-stage 11-piece orchestra, including the instrument of the tango, the bandoneon, a type of accordion.

The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of collaboration between each couple and director/creator Bravo. "The tango is a feeling that you dance, a story you tell within three minutes," says Bravo.

"Forever Tango" tells the story of how the tango was born in 19th-century Argentina in a lonely and violent environment, and also how the dance gained popularity in Argentina and spread across Europe and the Americas.

"It's passionate and melancholic, tender and violent. You dance it with somebody - but it is so internal that you dance it by yourself. More than just a dance, the tango is music, a drama, a culture, a way of life," says Bravo.

Date: April 29-May 1, 7:30pm

Address: 4889 Dushi Rd

Tickets: 100-800 yuan


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