Tango treat comes to Towcester

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A tango treat is coming to Towcester, with a chance to learn it, dance it, watch it and hear it performed by one of the Argentina’s finest singers.

Award-winning tango vocalist Martín Alvarado, who comes to the UK in May as part of his 27th international tour, is performing at Towcester Town Hall on Sunday, May 4, at 8pm.

The Buenos Aires-born troubadour has earned worldwide renown for his exceptional tenor voice.

Alvarado is widely considered to be one of the most exciting contemporary vocalists in traditional tango to have emerged from Argentina for decades, and has been compared to the late, great Carlos Gardel, who died in 1935.

Tango singers normally perform in a band or a touring dance show. But, like Gardel, Alvarado performs as a soloist, often accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.

On the tour he will be joined by acclaimed Peruvian pianist and bandoneón player Claudio Constantini, who performs in the UK for the first time.

The show will include performances by dancers Guillermo Torrens and Maria Maragaki, who last year won two Latin UK Awards and have performed with Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent and Flavia in their popular touring show, Midnight Tango.

In Tango de Amor, the dancers will be performing Argentine tango in a completely improvised style.

This is how it is danced in Buenos Aires socially but it is unusual to see it danced in this way for stage performances which are mostly highly choreographed routines.

Though less showy, this form of dance is no less skilful or engaging to watch, as it requires the dancers to be completely in tune with each other and the music, both emotionally and artistically.

Guillermo and Maria will also be leading a class for beginners wanting to take their first tango steps from 6pm to 7pm at the town hall.

The cost is £6 and there is no need to take a partner.

Promoter Lisa Cherry-Downes said: “I am really looking forward to taking Martin and Claudio, around the UK.

“I am also looking forward to working with Guillermo and Maria, who are very talented and elegant dancers.

“In particular I am pleased to be showing the ‘real’ Argentine tango. The dancing is not what you see on Strictly, which is choreographed to within inches of its life.

“And the music is pared back to a simple yet often very moving level, which cuts through the language barrier.

“From the feedback I have had from this show, the audiences really enjoy what they are seeing – tango at its most sensual.”

Tickets for the concert, which includes dance performances, are £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

They are available from the Dolphin Café in Watling Street, Towcester, and online at www.musicglue.com/l-tango-promotions/listings/