Award-winning Tango Fire returns for its seventh season at The Peacock from Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 16 February 2019. Showcasing the history of authentic Argentine tango, from its origins to contemporary interpretations, Tango Fire stars a cast of superb tango dancers, including the internationally renowned Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, who craft a special new solo for this production. The show of the year!
Originating from the streets and tango houses of Buenos Aires, Tango Fire has achieved extraordinary success, touring internationally over the past 14 years to critical acclaim. Cornejo’s choreography and vision, coupled with Galeassi’s passion, elegance and grace, makes Tango Fire a fervent experience through the history, various styles and moods of Argentine tango.
Six couples, including former World Tango champions, showcase unique flair through their interpretation of tango, enjoying the creative freedom to craft their own solos. Dance couples for Tango Fire are: Germán Cornejo & Gisela Galeassi, Sebastian Alvarez & Victoria Saudelli, Marcos Esteban Roberts & Louise Junqueira Malucelli, Ezequiel Lopez & Camila Alegre, Julio Jose Seffino & Carla Dominguez, and Esteban Simon & Marilu Leopardi.
The company’s resident music group Tango Fuego Quartet enhance the production by playing the music of the great tango masters live – including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. Skilled virtuosos on piano, bandoneon, contrabass and violin enrich the sensuality of Tango Fire.
Honed and refined by Cornejo’s expert choreographic skill, Tango Fire encompasses the art and exhilarating passion of Argentine tango, led by the leading tango dance company.
Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 16 February 2019
ABOUT SADLER’S WELLS
Sadler’s Wells is a world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where people of all backgrounds come to experience it – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.
Audiences of over half a million come to its London theatres each year, with many more enjoying its touring productions at venues across the UK and around the world, and accessing its content through digital channels.
Sadler’s Wells commissions, produces and presents more new dance work than any other theatre in the world, embracing the popular and the unknown. Since 2005, it has helped to bring over 160 new dance works to the stage, many of them involving its 16 Associate Artists, three Resident Companies and four Associate Companies – the most exciting talents working in dance today.
It also nurtures the next generation of talent through research and development, running the National Youth Dance Company and a range of programmes including Wild Card, New Wave Associates, Open Art Surgery and Summer University. Sadler’s Wells’ learning and engagement activities reach over 25,000 annually through programmes that take dance out into the community and invite communities into the theatre. Projects include community productions and the renowned Company of Elders, its resident over-60s performance group, while events range from pre and post-show talks with dance artists to classes, workshops and assisted performances.
Located in Islington, north London, the current building is the sixth to have stood on site since entrepreneur Richard Sadler first established the theatre in 1683. The venue has played an illustrious role in the history of theatre ever since, with The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and English National Opera having all started at Sadler’s Wells.
ABOUT TANGO FIRE COMPANY
The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires was conceived in 2005 with its world premiere in Singapore. In that same year, the show was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received critical acclaim, resulting in engagements in the most prestigious venues around the world. The company has since toured the world extensively. Individual couples in the company choreograph their own solos with choreographer Germán Cornejo refining the steps, as is traditional in the world of Argentine tango. Allowing the couples creative freedom showcases the couples’ individual styles, making Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires unique in the world of tango.
ABOUT GERMÁN CORNEJO AND GISELA GALEASSI
Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi have been practicing and perfecting their tango since the early age of 10 and 16 respectively. They have mastered the skills and styles of classical dance, contemporary dance, jazz, ballet, acrobatics and tango in the company of Argentina’s most respected teachers. After collectively winning 40 gold medals at national competitions, Cornejo and Galeassi have each achieved the title of World Tango Champion.
Cornejo and Galeassi’s professional development and growth has naturally progressed into teaching and coaching. They are currently regarded as two of the best Show Tango teachers in Buenos Aires thanks to their students reaching top positions year after year in the Tango World Championships. Cornejo joined Tango Fire in 2006, whilst Galeassi joined the company in 2010.
Tango Fire has placed Cornejo amongst the world’s top choreographers. His past choreography includes Mission Tango Show (2007) under the Musical Direction of Lisandro Adrover, Tango Inferno – The Fire Within (2010/2011), and Immortal Tango (2016). Gisela was the choreographer of Tango Dance Premium (2007) and assistant choreographer of Immortal Tango (2016). Rave reviews from the New York Times, Ottawa Citizen, The London Times and Financial Times have established this couple as a tour de force in the world of Argentine tango.
*all images are courtesy of Oliver Neubert