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Tango Buenos Aires brings "Song of Eva Perón" to RU
The passionate and sensual Tango Buenos Aires brought the “Song of Eva Perón” to the Radford University campus.
Created for the Jazmines Festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret Michelangelo, renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo founded the company in the mid-80s. By 1986 the company was touring internationally, gaining wide acclaim at many festivals and concert venues.
Through the integration of music, song and movement, “Song of Eva Perón” chronicles the life of the most famous woman in Argentina’s history. The company takes the audience through the slums of Buenos Aires to the splendor of the presidential palace, where Eva Perón served as first lady of Argentina from June 1946 – July 1952.
“The show follows Eva on her rise to glory, as she arrives in the big city, strives for stardom and ends up marrying into political royalty,” wrote Tresca Weinstein, a writer for timesunion.com. “In two acts’ worth of vignettes, the dancers and musicians hit the high points of the story: Eva’s emotional goodbyes to her family, her search for work as an actress, her meeting with Colonel Juan Perón and her ascent at his side.”
Joe Scartelli, former dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, scheduled Tango Buenos Aires during the spring semester of 2014. He remembers being impressed with the combination of live music and dance.
“One of my goals over the years was to lead the programming effort for the University Performance Series by bringing performances to campus that are different from what we typically and routinely see and hear,” Scartelli said. The subject matter, which inspired the music and choreography, also intrigued him.
“High quality professional arts performances are hard to access in this region of the state” said Margaret Devaney, the current dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “As part of its educational and community outreach mission, our college serves as the vehicle in which to offer these wonderful opportunities to both the university community and surrounding populace.”
The performance took place on Feb. 24 at the Bondurant Auditorium in Preston Hall.