CULTURE

Athens about to get caught up in passionate tango fever

It takes two and a little bit of music. Tango, the sensual dance style born in Argentina, takes center stage this week with Gustavo Russo’s «Tango Seduccion» which opens at the Glass Dinner Theater this Thursday. Billed as «the dance sensation from Buenos Aires,» the show features 20 leading dancers, musicians and vocalists. The production focuses on six couples who interpret the progression of Argentinean tango since its birth. A combination of different styles developed both in Argentina and Uruguay. Argentinean tango has also been influenced by steps from Europe and North America. Entangled in their partner’s embrace, Argentinean tango dancers do not follow any specific steps and tend toward improvisation. This is where following the music is key to the couple’s success. Born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Russo started taking dance lessons at the age of 17. A year later he was widely accepted as a rapidly rising star of Argentine tango and promptly embarked on an international career, participating in leading tango productions around the world, including feature films and television shows. In the last few years alone, Russo has participated as a lead dancer in highly successful shows such as «Viva Tango» – dancing alongside Mariano Mores, Russo was honored with the Estelares del Mar award – as well as «Tango Passion,» a spectacular production in which he danced the principal role from 1992 to 1999. In 1999, the dancer founded his own company and proceeded to develop «Tango Seduccion,» which took two years to be choreographed. So far, the production has gone on stage in major theaters around the world to much critical acclaim. Glass Dinner Theater, 143 Syngrou, tel 210.931.5600. For more information, log on to www.gialino.gr. «Tango Seduccion» opens on Thursday and runs to February 18. Shows will take place on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.