FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Presenter: David Shaw, President, Artbeat
(510) 253 9987 Fax: 415 564 5949
April 21, 2007
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SENSATION
THE HOTTEST SHOW IN THE WORLD IS COMING TO NAPA COUNTY AND MONTEREY
GROUPS OF FIFTEEN OR MORE SAVE 10%
Luis Bravo’s FOREVER TANGO, the internationally celebrated dance spectacular that has played to great acclaim in Europe, Canada and throughout the United States, will beguile and ignite audiences at:
Golden State Theater, 417 Alvarado; Monterey, California on Tuesday, May 22. Tickets are on sale at the box office 1 pm to 6 pm daily; on line at www.artbeatshows.org or by calling 888 TIX 4ALL any time 24 hours daily, seven days per week. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount and groups of 20 or more received a 15% discount. Group sales via the box office or by calling 425 444 5052; AND
Lincoln Theater, Yountville, Napa County, California; Tuesday June 5. Tickets are on sale. For tickets call (707) 944-1300, of visit the Lincoln Theatre box office, Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm or Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm; or go online at www.lincolntheater.org Groups of fifteen (15) or more receive a TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT, Only available at the box office.
Created and directed by Luis Bravo, the production took Broadway by storm in 1997, where it garnered multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. The New York Times labeled FOREVER TANGO “A must-see!” And, USA Today said, “Forever Tango shows that the style is more than steamy – it’s smart, even funny … a sensuous, seductive pleasure.” The New York Daily News raved; “an evening of sheer pleasure! Sensual, elegant, dazzling!” And, the Associated Press christened FOREVER TANGO: “The most theatrical show on Broadway!” Since then, the show has toured internationally, returning to Broadway last summer where it was rapturously lauded by critics and enjoyed an extended run.
The 26-member FOREVER TANGO company includes world class dancers who utilize their own unique flourishes, each drawing from the wellspring of cultural inspiration for this mysterious and passionate art form. The orchestra is led by Victor Lavallen on the bandoneon, an accordion-like instrument imported to Argentina from Germany in 1886. The bandoneon is the iconic mainstay in tango music creating the sound most associated with it. The FOREVER TANGO orchestra boasts four of only 200 bandoneon players known worldwide.
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. Both beloved and infamous as one of the most sensuous of all dance forms, tango was born in Argentina at a time when holding hands was considered a scandalous development in social dancing. Tango was initially only danced in gambling houses and places of prostitution. Working women developed skill in the dance in order to attract customers; lonely men practiced the art in order to woo and impress the women. The dance developed as a prologue to sex itself, infused with the passion and personality of the dancers. Today, the tango’s influence can be found in a variety of dance idioms, including modern dance, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. According to creator/director Bravo, “The tango is a feeling that you dance; a story that you tell in three minutes—it is passionate, tender, violent.” He adds, “The tango represents so much more than just a dance: it is a music, a culture, a way of life.”
The creator/director of FOREVER TANGO is Luis Bravo, who also produced the show’s CD and a film documentary on tango and Argentine culture. His newest passion is his record company that specializes in Argentine tango and folkloric music. Born in Anatuya Santiago de Estero, Bravo moved to Buenos Aires as a boy where he studied guitar and cello. Mr. Bravo attended both the Municipal Conservatory of Music Manuel de Fallas and the University of Buenos Aires. Before moving to the United States to study with Ronald Leonard, he held a position with the Argentine Symphony. Since then he has performed cello with many prestigious ensembles in South American and throughout the world. Mr Bravo was awarded the Spoleto Festival’s prestigious Simpatia Prize for FOREVER TANGO which closed the Italian festival in 1996.
FOREVER TANGO will play at The Lincoln Theatre Tuesday, June 5, for one performance only. Tickets range from $50 - $75 and are on sale. call (707) 944-1300, of visit the Lincoln Theatre box office, Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm or Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm; or go online at www.lincolntheater.org. Lincoln Theater is on the campus of the Yountville Veterans Home in the heart of Napa County’s Wine Country just south of Domaine Chandon.
FOREVER TANGO will also play at the Golden State Theater, Tuesday, May 22, 417 Alvarado Street, Monterey, California on March 22nd at 7:30 pm at Reserved seats ~ $39 to $75 ~ are available any time/24 hours by calling 888.TIX.4ALL (849.4255) at the box office every afternoon, 1-6 pm and on line at www.artbeatshows.org. Groups of ten or more receive a 10% discount. Groups of 20 or more have a 15% discount!