Last Tango

Modern Muse Theatre Company co-director Gabriella Cavallero, an Argentine by birth, fell into a gold mine when her mother, a concert pianist on the East Coast, teamed up with Grammy-winning Uruguayan bandoneón master Raúl Jaurena for a series of tango concerts. It got her thinking about how the singular art of tango evolved from a rare mix of cultures.

“As part of Modern Muse, I’ve always wanted to do a production based around the immigrant story, and it seemed like the perfect road to take into that story, with this beautiful music,” she says. “It’s truly electrifying if you haven’t experienced it live before. Without even knowing it, you’ll suddenly find yourself on your feet.”

Between the in with Juarena and a desire to tell a special story, Cavallero knew she had the makings of a special show. The resulting work, Tango Seduction, is many things: an ode to the tango purveyed by one of its greatest champions, a dance concert performed by some of Colorado’s top tango couples, and a workshopped mixture of original immigrant stories and borrowed poetry, all woven into a seamless and transcendent piece.

Modern Muse presents the extravaganza’s world premiere for two nights only, beginning today with an 8 p.m. show at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way on the Auraria campus. A wine-and-cheese party and auction precede the show at 7 p.m., and a reception with the artist follows the performance; tomorrow’s show begins at 7 and includes an after-party. Admission is $30 to $35, and reservations are recommended; go to or call 303-780-7836.
Fri., July 31, 7 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 1, 7 p.m., 2009

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