As a tango broken by lies, snapped by the artificial human relationships, emotions and feelings prefabricated by society, that's life in a brothel in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the twentieth century.
BROKEN TANGO 2.0 springs from the purest and darkest soul of the city to eventually arrive to the latest forms of interpreting tango in the particular R.E.A Dance Company's way. We didn't want to get stuck to the original and traditional tango, but to show how that early twentieth century dance has continued to live by transforming itself through the movement of the bodies that inherited its language to add it new gestures over the last hundred years. Thus, throughout the show we could see the old (Gallo ciego, Amurado), new (Escualo, Michelangelo 70) and originals tangos (Contra-Bando, Duelo y Malambo).
The music is performed by a sextet (2 violins, bandoneón, piano, guitar, bass) and two singer and guitarist who interact on stage helping to recreate an emotional atmosphere in which engage the audience.
The costumes, lighting, staging and audiovisuals, as the thread of story development, have been carefully designed for the audience to experience the atmosphere and the timeless drama that feeds tango and its world.
Dancers, actors, live music (19 artist) and elaborate production, together with manage to revive the life in a brothel in Buenos Aires at the beginning of the twentieth century, showing love and loss, hope and despair, fight and surrender, passion and prostitution living together in a world where nobody finds happiness, where nobody escapes the darkness, where nobody survives the tango of the brothel, the BROKEN TANGO.
DURATION: 110 minutes.
Divided into two acts with an intermission of 20 minutes.
Cía.R.E.A d a n z a
(Reminiscence, Experiment, Artistic)
Mar del Plata, March 17th, 1991: twelve people of all ages found the Cía.R.E.A d a n z a [R.E.A Dance Co.] They are all moved by the common need of creating an independent modus vivendi of their own in which they could develop human and artistically their way. Since then, work has been uninterrupted, researching through dance a way for expressing themselves.
R.E.A's art is deeply rooted in the most genuine forms of the Argentinian popular dances. In a second stage, they will combine these with the classical ballet technique to stylize them. In 1996 they move to Buenos Aires, where tango and other contemporary techniques, including circus acrobatics, will join to their dance style resources. This is the way followed to create their own language, always in evolution to multiply its expressive means.
Soon after its foundation, appraisal arrives. Be it in form of first prizes in several national festivals and meetings, or by been requested to take part in tours throughout America and Europe to accompany dance and sing stars for whom they create an important number of choreographies. Among those artists: Alberto Merlo, Imperio Argentina, Mariano Mores, Julio Bocca, Julio Iglesias, Cuti y Roberto Carabajal, Ángel Corella...
From the country to the city on a return trip. R.E.A not only use conventional scenic spaces but also natural and urban ones, the purpose being to interact with their objects transforming them into stage elements. Thus any place is good to carry out the fusion of dance and other inspiring arts as music, visual arts, poetry, popular literature, cinema, comic, etc.
The 'penultimate' stage of this nomad adventure opens in 2001 with the moving from Buenos Aires to their present headquarters in Málaga (Spain). A geographical and cultural jump that lets them go on developing and enriching their human and aesthetic foundations as well as contribute to the dynamization of contemporary dance in Andalusia in the last decade. They continue to advance in the domination of unorthodox spaces and incorporating acrobatics as a definitive sign of their urban invasions.