With a cast of over 30 dancers, singers, and musicians Argentina’s classic tango production Tanguera returns to Sadler’s Wells this summer and tells a story of unrequited love in early 20th century Buenos Aires. After playing to packed houses in 2010, the hit show returns to London for a strictly limited run from Wednesday 19 July to Sunday 6 August 2017, as part of a European tour.
When Giselle, a young French woman, arrives in Argentina as one of the first waves of European immigrants, she meets Lorenzo, a port worker who falls in love with her at first sight. But as Giselle falls deeper into Buenos Aires’ seedy underworld, Lorenzo must fight to win her love.
With its award-winning choreography by renowned tango star Mora Godoy and direction by Omar Pacheco, Tanguera features a company of over 30 musicians and dance virtuosos who portray different elements of the history of tango. Leading the company for this production is tango world champion Melody Celatti, celebrated dancer and choreographer Dabel Zanabria and Argentinian dancer Esteban Domenichini, who starred in Tanguera when the show premiered in Argentina in 2002.
A huge success in its native Buenos Aires where it ran for 18 months, Tanguera has been touring the world since 2003, including performances in New York, Paris, Berlin, Madrid and Tokyo. With its sense of innovation and artistic integrity, the show made tango history as the world’s first tango musical. The precise glances and gestures, the music, the singing, and dance achieve what no tango show has attempted before: to tell a story. Dance and music serve the narrative at all times and are inseparably linked to the story. Tanguera promises to be an intense musical experience, as classic tango songs and of pieces written specifically for Tanguera are played live on stage by a first-class tango sextet.
Tango is a social dance and music genre that originated within different ethnic communities of La Boca in Buenos Aires during the 20th century, initially as a dance between men. It first spread to Uruguay and became popular throughout the rest of the world from the 1920s as a form of ballroom dancing alongside the foxtrot, the Charleston and other favourites of the jazz age. The global popularity of tango increased further in the 1940s, commonly thought to be the golden age of tango, with the release of several major Hollywood films. Tanguera brings together the tradition of the art form with modern production values for this hit production.