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Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
It takes more than two to tango
By HENRY WONG
The tango has the reputation of being a dance of passion and love, with couple's bodies embraced tightly to one another as they move across the floor as one.
The Min-On Concert Association will showcase the dance — a stalwart of Argentinian culture — as the "Dramatic Tango: Flag Bearer of the New Era" travels across the country.
Starting in 1970, Min-On has been bringing the tango to Japan with performers and dancers from Argentina. This year's tour will feature musical performances by the Fabio Hager Sexteto, who are no strangers to the country as the group has performed under the Min-On banner before.
Conductor and bandoneanist Fabio Hager represents a new generation of tango artists (hence the title) and he will be joined by two violinists, a cellist, a pianist, and a contrabass player. Together, the sextet has released three albums.
Also joining this year's tour is singer Noelia Moncanda and three renowned dance couples whose side-steps, sweeps and dips should compliment Hager's compositions to the extent that you may feel you are at a happening nightspot in Buenos Aires.
"Dramatic Tango: Flag Bearer of the New Era" is currently touring across Japan with dates in Hiroshima on Jan. 28, Fukuoka on Jan. 30, and various other cities. The tour will conclude in Aomori on Mar. 23. Admission is ¥5,800 and up; prices vary depending on the venue. For more information, call (03) 5362-3440 or visit www.min-on.or.jp.