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CIA. UNIÓN TANGUERA to Make NYC Debut at The Joyce Theater this Fall

CIA. UNIÓN TANGUERA to Make NYC Debut at The Joyce Theater this Fall

The Joyce Theater is thrilled to present the NYC debut of the France and Argentina-based tango company Cia. Unión Tanguera for a two-week engagement from September 23 - October 5. Under the direction of Esteban Moreno and Claudia Codega, Cia. Unión Tanguera will perform the NYC premiere of Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night), an evening-length work of stunning tango danced by the company's seven members, and accompanied by its four live musicians. Tickets range in price from $10-$49 ($26-$37 for Joyce Theater members), and can be purchased through JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800 or via the internet at www.joyce.org. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.

Cia. Unión Tanguera, the celebrated French Argentinean company, is an ensemble of extraordinary dancers and musicians who weave together sensuality and human emotion through contemporary and traditional Argentinean tango. Set in a milonga - a traditional tango club - the piece opens with one couple dancing for a small crowd of onlookers. It soon becomes clear that simply watching isn't enough and, before long, the initial couple's passionate moves inspire the others to dance the night away right along with them. Set to classic tango recordings and original compositions played live by a quartet of Buenos Aires' finest musicians, Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night), often with humor, examines the desires and fears that are revealed in the course of one magical night.

Cia. Unión Tanguera was created from Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno's commitment and willpower to document, teach and bring to the stage profoundly real Argentinean tango. Originally from Argentina, Codega and Moreno have worked together since 1990, where their first steps were created together in the Villa Urquiza neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Codega trained in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz and composition (with the renowned Argentinean choreographer Ana Maria Stekelman). She performed as a contemporary dancer in various theaters, finding tango in 1990.

Moreno graduated from the National College of Technical Education with a degree in electronics and began a career in graphic design. He discovered tango in 1988 through courses at the Centro Cultural Gral San Martín, and at Centro Cultural Fortunato Lacamera. His immersion in tango led to work with "Ballet Ciclos," where he met Codega. Since representing Argentina in the Universal Exposition of Seville where they worked with renowned Argentinean choreographer Oscar Araiz (1992), Codego and Moreno have been invited to the most important tango festivals around the world.


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