After eleven years living, dancing, teaching tango, and writing in Buenos Aires, I came home to L.A. in 2014, where I'm reconstructing my life.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tango Show on the Waves

Every night on the Radiance of the Seas there were shows in the ship's Aurora Theatre, a magnificient venue anywhere on land or sea, complete with all the latest bells and whistles.

As we cruised closer to Buenos Aires there was a tango show, called Tango Buenos Aires, "direct from Argentina" (which slayed me because we were in Argentina), starring dancers Luciano y Rocio, and musicians Marcelo Steffanoli (piano) and Daniel Espinosa (bandoneon), along with the ship's cast of singers and dancers.

The show was standard "tango show" stuff, very American, but the folks on the cruise loved it enough to give it a standing ovation. The only complaints I heard (apart from Ruben's) were that some lyrics were sung in English, and two songs were from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. Authentic Argentine tango was rather lost at sea (except for Ruben's and my classes and demonstrations.)

Here is a YouTube video of Luciano y Rocio from 2006; they performed almost the same routine on the ship with even more acrobatics. My opinion was that he could have phoned it in, since Rocio was obviously leading him powerfully all over the stage. But it was fine and after all, we were out in the Atlantic somewhere between Urshuaia and Puerto Madryn.

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