Co-Produced by the Maison de la Danse – Lyon, Nuit Blanche or Sleepless Night (2010) is Union Tanguera’s newest work. Performed by a mixed cast of tango dancers and musicians, Nuit Blanche “intelligently reinterprets the vocabulary of pure tango” (Danseur). By using a language of contemporary tango, Nuit Blanche weaves a sensual framework in and out of ‘abrazos’ combined with real honest human emotions. Set in a nameless nightclub at the end of a traditional tango show, Nuit Blanche, illuminates the wanderings, desires, instincts and fears that unfold in one sleepless night. The subtly layered work unfolds a tango show transforming into reality as the performers on stage transform to present human beings, truer to life.
Nuit Blanche is the third creation of Union Tanguera and was created and choreographed by Co-Artistic Directors Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreneo in conjunction with direction by Jorge Crudo and Rolan Van Löor of Compagnie Modos Vivendi. The music of the work combines traditional tango recordings with live original compositions. Acoustic and electronic sounds converge to create a unique soundtrack performed by Buenos Aires’ finest musicians featuring a quartet of violin, bandoneon, piano, and double bass. Scenic and lighting design were created by Gonzalo Córdova. Since the work’s premiere, Nuit Blanche has been performed in France, Italy and Austria.