- Monday, June 11, 2018 4:03 PM
Skopje, 11 June 2018 (MIA) – Macedonian Opera and Ballet's Libertango, a production based on the music of Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, will premiere on Thursday.
The tango-ballet performance will tell both Piazzolla's life story and the story of the art form's beginnings in Argentina in the 1910s.
The one-hour show will feature recorded tango compositions and, according to Olga Pango, MOB's Ballet Master in Chief, neoclassical ballet.
"The play has a neoclassical expression," Pango said during Monday's press conference. "We are giving a tango performance, but we haven't left behind our pointe shoes.
"So this is a tango ballet telling the story of Piazzolla's parents and himself as a child and as a grown man, his idea to become what he was and perform his music. We end with Libertango, his tango of freedom."
Librettist and director Natasha Poplavska said the show passionately traces the origins of tango. They intentionally avoided café-style tango, she said, and settled on nuevo tango, a mix of classical, jazz, and folk sounds typical for the streets of Argentina.
Italian choreographer Sabrina Bosco designed the ballet. She said the performance was a result of great teamwork.
"I came to know the dancers, and not only their abilities but also their personalities," Bosco said.
"I would like for viewers to feel what we experience on stage dancing the Libertango. The emotional response of the audience matters to me."
Costume and set designer Aleksandar Nospal, who made the costumes himself, said tango 'requires high aesthetics and refined style.' The costumes' colors and shapes were designed to reflect the three-part narrative, he explained.
"And the set is simple and easy to transform," Nospal said, pointing out the production will look grand and expensive despite the limited budget and the financial challenges the team had to overcome.
"We've had to make a lot of sacrifices to put on productions lately," Nospal added.
Poplavska agreed, saying that Macedonia's culture shouldn't rely solely on the state budget. The business sector could support the arts, she suggested, if a sponsorship law were adopted.
In Libertango, Piazzolla is played by Marko Zdravkovski (as a child), Simone Giroletti (as an adult), and Dragan Kochoski (as an old man).
Around thirty dancers make up the cast, including Aleksandra Mijalkova, Vasil Chichiashvili, Mimi Pop Aleksova Atanasovska, Igor Velanoski, Natasha Josifovska, Marija Josifovska Ristovska, Andrew Cook, Jan Kisilev and Miroslav Mitrashinovikj.
After Thursday's premiere, Libertango will be reprised at the MOB on June 16. mr/16:03
All Rights Reserved.This material may not be stored, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in any form, except with the prior express permission of Macedonian Information Agency.
- 4:27 PM | Failure to obtain start date for EU accession talks, may affect name deal: Osmani tells Realnews
Failure to obtain start date for EU accession talks, would cause disappointment, but also consequenc...
- 3:44 PM | 236 applications submitted at Fund for Innovations first call
236 applications from micro and small-sized enterprises (SMEs) for investment projects were submitte...
- 2:24 PM | The Gin Game play to be performed within Skopje Summer Festival
Drama Theatre Skopje will perform Sunday evening The Gin Game play by Donald Lee Coburn, directed by...
- 2:06 PM | WC 2018: FIFA fines Argentina, Croatia federations for fans’ conduct in Nizhny Novgorod
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has fined football associations of Argentina and Croatia for disturb...
- 2:00 PM | Sekerinska sends letter to NATO counterparts asking support for Macedonia’s membership invitation
Following the agreement reached with Greece, Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska sends letter to 29 ...