September 19, 2014
A combination of tango, drama and dance
For The Herald
Nowadays the arts and technolo-gy have definitely taken the same path when it comes to human creativity. An example of it is La muerte de Tommy Tango, which closes tonight in the bizarrely-named venue Hasta Trilce: the former warehouse of a publishing house turned into a theatre and café two year ago.
The show deals with Tommy, a shy, not very attractive young man who lives with his girlfriend and works at home with his computer. He eventually turns to the Internet and creates Tomás, a dapper, cool, other self whose ambition is to become the best tango dancer in the world.
There are only two actors/dancers on stage: the young man and his girl. All the action develops on an almost empty stage, at both ends of which sit Daniel Ruggiero ( who is also the show’s musical director) on bandoneón and Oscar Albrieu Roca on vibraphone. This very appealing combination is in charge of playing J.S.Bach’s Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582 in the second half of the performance.
In the first part of the play it is also Bach, but played by a recorded piano track, which I find far more stirring and moving than the harpsichord original which is fashionable (but more authentic) to play now.
Director Ignacio González Cano devised beautiful, very musical choreography inspired by Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (The Young Man and Death), one of the choreographer’s most celebrated ballets, which was danced by the likes of Nureyev and Barishnikov.
In this new version, Cano artfully combined classical tango and modern dance elements, admirably danced by Johanna Aranda and Nicolás Minoliti, who eloquently conveyed the drama, sensuality and passion of the piece.
Where & When:
La muerte de Tommy Tango. Hasta Trilce (Maza 177). Fridays 8pm. Tickets: 120 pesos.