Press Release: Tangueros Del Sur
WORLD RENOWNED TANGO COMPANY FROM ARGENTINA, TANGUEROS DEL SUR, MAKES THEIR WEST COAST DEBUT FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY WITH THRILLING PERFORMANCE OF
“ROMPER EL PISO” (“BREAK THE FLOOR”),
FEATURING LIVE MUSIC AND TANGO STAR NATALIA HILLS.
PORTLAND TANGO MASTER ALEX KREBS WILL MAKE SPECIAL APPEARANCE AND
DANCE IN SCHNITZER LOBBY PRIOR TO TANGUEROS SHOW.
What: White Bird Presents: Tangueros Del Sur “Romper El Piso”
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
When: Wednesday, November 14| 7:30PM
Media Sponsor: The Oregonian
Tickets: Starting at $30, discounts for groups, students, and seniors. whitebird.org/event/tangueros-del-sur/
“Tango at its truest.” – The New York Times
Here in Portland, one of the world’s leading tango hubs where milongas (tango gatherings) run every night of the week, White Bird is excited to present the West Coast debut of the Argentine Tango company, Tangueros Del Sur. Starring Broadway’s Forever Tango sensation Natalia Hills, the company’s latest work Romper El Piso (“Break the Floor”) traces the origins of tango through the percussive sounds and rhythms found in the music and dance. The Berkshire Eagle (Mass.) praises, “Happily, the program gives equal due to both dancers and musicians. It spills across the stage gathering power as its title, Romper el Piso would suggest, but also deep with subtle nuance.” Tangueros Del Sur’s company of 17 exquisite tango dancers and live musicians perform one night only at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on November 14.
Tangueros Del Sur, under the direction of tango star Natalia Hills, is one of the six companies during our 2018/19 season that make up our celebration of strong women in dance.
Preceding the performance, from 6:55-7:15pm on November 14, Portland’s own internationally acclaimed Tango master Alex Krebs will perform in the lobby of the Schnitzer with dance partner Hannah Grenfell. The performance is open only to ticket-holders of the Tangueros del Sur performance.
Tangueros Del Sur’s world-renowned company of 10 dancers and 7 musicians will perform Romper El Piso, choreographed and directed by Natalia Hills. The title of the evening’s program derives from the phrase her grandfather used to say while training her in the style at a young age. “Break the floor!” he would exclaim as she learned to emit the strong percussive sounds required of tango dance. The program runs in a generally historical order, starting with the first two pieces which journey back to the Afro-Argentine culture where tango was heavily influenced by mestizo and creole, brought together by strong percussive sounds. Tango, marked by the intense merging of percussion and candombe, a Uruguayan music and dance style, originates from the blend of African slave communities and habanera, a Spanish-American styled contradanse. The influence by the distinct musical cultures of the first immigrants that arrived to Argentina is heard through the melodic lines in the music. The different dance sections explore the various dance forms found in Tango including the all-important “embrace” which is featured in “En el Abrazo.” In this section, a male and female duo showcase the elements of tango including walking, sliding, and intertwining paths. After the company’s recent appearance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Massachusetts), Hill’s choreography and direction were hailed by Berkshire Fine Arts as presenting “evocative and insightful segments of the past, present and future of an indigenous dance form.”
Tango dancer and choreographer Natalia Hills comes from three generations of Tango dancers. Hills made her theatrical debut at the young age of 12 in the historic Corrientes theater district in Buenos Aires performing alongside Tango legends: dancer and choreographer Juan Carlos Copes, vocalist Roberto Goyeneche and Atilio Stampone (composer, pianist). Hills later went on to perform as one of the original members of the Broadway and London hit, Forever Tango which was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk awards for best choreography. Over the course of her career, Hills has danced in the most prestigious theaters in the world: the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, the Hollywood Bowl as a primary dancer accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the Walter Kerr, Marquis, and Shubert Theaters on Broadway. In 2009 Tangueros del Sur made its US premiere at New York City Center The company has also performed in Mexico, Israel, Buenos Aires, Greece, and now will travel to Portland for their West Coast debut.
The music director and arranger is Patricio Villarejo. An accomplished cellist, composer, arranger, musical director and producer, Villarejo was part of the Historic Concert of Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra and Astor Piazzolla´s Sextet in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in June 26, 1989. He joined the Broadway-bound production Forever Tango from 1996-2007. He has been Musical Director for Tangueros del Sur since 2009. “Romper el Piso” features Villarejos’ musical arrangements and original compositions.
White Bird’s 21st season (2018-19) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, including support from the City of Portland, Multnomah County and the Arts Education & Access Fund; Work for Art; The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and Oregon Arts Commission.