Argentine tango show ‘Song of Eva Perón’ in Southland this week

Tango Buenos Aires, the internationally acclaimed and most uncompromisingly authentic Tango company in the world, is coming to Orange County this weekend and then moves on to the Northridge Valley Performing Arts Center for a 23 January show. This time the topic is Argentina’s most famous lady, Eva Perón: “Song of Eva Perón.”

This weekend, Tango Buenos Aires will make its third appearance at Segerstrom Center for the Arts dancing four performances of Song of Eva Perón January 17 and 18, 2015 in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. “Song of Eva Perón” journeys through the sensational life of Argentina’s formidable First Lady with powerful and seductive music and dance with choreography by Susana Rojo and under the artistic direction of Rosario Bauza and the musical director of Fernando Marzan.

Tango Buenos Aires, one of Argentina’s greatest cultural treasures and a favorite of Center audiences, is known throughout the world as the most authentic and uncompromising purveyor of the Argentine Tango. In “Song of Eva Perón” the company performs a sparkling and poignant work in music and dance that traces the fabled and tragic life of Argentina’s legendary First Lady.

Arrive early for a very special discussion and exhibition of the many Tango styles in the theater prior to the show.

Running time (approximate): 2 hours


January 17 & 18, 2015
Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 & 7 p.m.
Preview talks one hour before performance

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For tickets and more information, visit the Segerstrom Concert Hall website. Tickets range from $39 to $89.


Tango Buenos Aires will perform again at Valley Performing Arts Center January 23, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Northridge.

Tango Buenos Aires was created for the “Jazmines” festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret “Michelangelo” by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. The company met with tremendous success and was immediately added to the season of the General San Martin Municipal Theatre.

In 1986, the company traveled to the United States in order to represent Argentina at the Latin-American Festival, which took place at the Delacorte Theatre in New York City’s Central Park. This began a whirlwind of international tours and television appearances globally, that continues to the present day, and solidified Tango Buenos Aires reputation as one of the top tango companies worldwide.

The current artistic director of the company is Rosario Bauza and the music director is Fernando Marzan.

Song of Eva Peron tells the story of Argentine history’s most popular figure through 25 dances in two acts. From her extremely humble beginnings in Argentina’s rural Pampas region through her years as an actress in Buenos Aires, her meeting politician and future Argentine president Juan Peron, her time as the first lady of Argentina, and her sad death from cancer at age 33, Song of Eva Peron communicates the true legend of Eva Peron through the most celebrated cultural expression of Argentina, tango.

Prior to the show from 6:45-7:30pm Valley Performing Arts Center will host a “Classroom in the Courtyard: Pre-Concert Lecture” with CSUN professors of Kinesiology, the scientific study of human movement, Joanne DiVito and Jacqueline Eusanio. They will discuss “From Buenos Aires to Blackpool: The Intrigue and Passion of the Tango.” The free lecture will take place in Kurland Hall in the Valley Performing Arts Complex behind the ticket office.

Undeniably one of the most provocative and popular dances of today, few art forms share the historic exoticism of the dance once known as the baile con corté. Professors DiVito and Eusanio will take attendees on the enthralling journey of the tango from its risqué origins in the barrios of Argentina, through its shocking impact in Paris and the tangomania that swept across Europe and North America. Follow the composers, musicians, and dancers who were instrumental in igniting the tango flame and developing the tango into the dramatic and elegant dance it is today. Learn how the International Standard Ballroom tango evolved from the Argentine tango, and how to recognize the two different but equally dramatic and intriguing styles of dance. With its nostalgic songs of lament, melancholy cries of the bandoneόn, and flashing legwork, the tango claims one of the most infatuating rags-to-riches stories ever told.

The Valley Performing Arts Center is located on the CSUN campus at 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8448 Tickets range from $40 – $55 and can be purchased at


El tren de las ocho
Composer: Juan Polito/Carlos Lazzari/Angel Lamonaca
Full Company
As Evita prepares to leave her hometown, she says goodbye to her friends and family before boarding the train to Buenos Aires.
La morocha
Composer: Enrique Saborido/Angel Villoldo
El porteñito
Composer: Angel Villoldo/Angel Villoldo
All dancers
Evita arrives in Buenos Aires, where she feels lost in the large, bustling city. A woman, Felicia, takes Evita under her wing.
Melenita de Oro
Composer: Carlos Vicente Geroni Flores/ Samuel Linning
Evita settles down in her new room in the conventillo, as Felicia prepares her for a new life.
El Choclo
Composer: Angel Villolbo/Enrique Santos Discepolo/Juan Carlos Marambio Catan
Solo of Orchestra
De antaño
Composer: Luis Luis Rubistein/Luis Rubistein
Evita goes to the radio station to audition, but is dismayed by the long line to enter. She is assisted by a strange man who
teaches her how to dance and helps her gain entry to the station.
Composer: Carlos Gardel/Alfredo Le Pera
Evita and her friends celebrate when she is offered a job as an actress.
Composer: Enrique Sabodido/Carlos Mauricio Pacheco
Solo of Felicia and her partner
Composer: Juan Darienzo/Antonio Viergol
Solo of couple
Ojos Negros
Composer: Vicente Greco
Solo of Orchestra
The celebration continues at Luna Park, where a large party gathers to celebrate Evita.
Sábado Inglés
Composer: Juan Maglio
Solo of couple at the Luna Park
2jos negros que fascinan
Composer: Oscar Davidovich Strok
Eva and Juan’s solo
The Seduction Dance; Juan Perón is hyponotized by Evita.
De mis amores
Composer: Pedro Laurenz/Jose Maria Contursi
The Celebration of Love; an expression of love and joy.
The Wish to Give It All
Composer: Fernando Marzan
The original theme for The Song of Eva Perón.
Solo of Evita and Juan.
Quejas de bandoneón
Composer: Juan de Dios Filiberto
All dancers
Comme il faut
Composer: Eduardo Arolas
Juan proposes to Evita.
Corazón de Oro
Composer: Francisco Canaro
Singer and Orchestra
Celos – Jealousy
Composer: Jacob Gade
Two couples dance
Dance of Jealousy.
Amor de remolino
Composer: Hector Stamponi/Catulo Castillo
Solo of couple
Composer: Astor Piazzolla, 1949
Gallo Ciego
Composer: Agustin Bardi
Solo of couple
Cafetín de Buenos Aires
Composer: Mariano Mores/Discepolo
Solo of Singer
3aquito Militar (1952)
Composer: Mariano Mores
Ensemble Dance
Composer: Mariano Mores
Evita’s fall.
I will take care of you till the end
Composer: Fernando Marzan
Original for Tango Buenos Aires The Song of Eva Perón
The people of Argentina gather to support Evita.
Adios Nonino
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
The death of Evita, with a final farewell from the people of Argentina.
Lo que vendrá
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Bandoneon solo
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Solo of couple
La Cumparsita
Composer: G. Matos Rodriguez
Full Company

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