m¡longa, Highly Acclaimed in Europe and United States, Now Tours to Asia
“Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's show takes tango to another level!” – The Sydney Morning Herald
m¡longa, a joint endeavor of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreographer who has taken the world by storm in recent years, and Argentine dancers and musicians, re-presents social dance-evenings held in late night bars in Buenos Aires. Cherkaoui draws on traditional influences but adds a contemporary twist to tango. Fascinated by tango since his childhood, Cherkaoui once said, “What attracts me most about tango is the eternal embrace of the dancers. When a tango couple dances, we sense the hypnotic dialogue between two bodies connecting intuitively, merging into one. If there is such a thing as my style of dance, it is rooted in touch, in physical contact and that is inherent in tango.” m¡longa features 10 Argentine dancers, 2 contemporary dancers and an Argentinean quintet, jointly integrating the new and old tango in the 21st century and presenting a tango that belongs to Cherkaoui. A Sadler's Wells London production, m¡longa is acclaimed by The Guardian as Cherkaoui's “most touching and entertaining show.”
Choreography Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was born in Antwerp, Belgium, has a passion for dance and oriental kungfu since childhood. In 1995, Cherkaoui began his study in Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's dance school, Professional Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS), and later on, worked with various dancing stars, such as Alan Platel, Wim Vandekeybus, Sasha Waltz and Akram Khan, etc. He also absorbs influences from popular cultures and has collaborated with Flamenco dancers and kungfu practicing of China's Shaolin Temple.
Choreography: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and dancers
Tango consultant & rehearsal director: Nelida Rodriguez de Aure
Set & video design: Eugenio Szwarcer
Music: Fernando Marzan, Szymon Brzóska
Additional composer: Olga Wojciechowska
Costume design: Tim Van Steenbergen
Lighting design: Adam Carrée
Sound design: Gaston Briski
World Premiere: 23 May 2013, Théâtre du Jorat - Mézières (CH)
A Sadler's Wells London Production;
Co-produced with Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne; Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps; Théâtre du Jorat, Mézières; International Arts Campus, deSingel, Antwerp; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Les Nuits de Fourvière, Lyon; Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg; Festspielhaus St Pölten; Ravenna Festival; Fondazione Musica per Roma; and Eastman.