A tango and contemporary dance performance for six dancers, six sofas and two hundred and seven shoes.
Tango and contemporary dance meet. La Catedral is a unique show and derives its name from a very old milonga in Buenos Aires. There you’ll find only dust, old memories, passionate tangos and six sofas covered with red velvet whereon the dancers are courting and chasing one another…sometimes the imaginary partner of a tango is the sofa itself. Hundreds of shoes on stage, an intense performance, very nostalgic though ironic at the same time. Here’s the fusion of contemporary and contact dance with tango: a cast of Italian and Argentinean dancers embodying a tango far from the usual cliché and penetrating the soul of this sensuous dance.
“La Catedral is a stage of dancer and choreographer Luciano Padovani’s research upon contemporary dance and tango. Helped by his passion for tango and contact dance, Padovani leads the audience into an unreal place, a long time deserted milonga and tells stories of different encounters: primitive encounters, “paradis perdu”, passionate encounters. The show gives evidence of its strength with its choreographic team games and the constant subversion of the rules of tango (The Codigo Tanguero): playing a game around a sofa, a family portrait while hearing the famous music La Cumparsita or echoing the nostalgic vals of three men. Whoever habitually dances tango or practice it somehow will recognise peculiar situations, memorable intuitions every time in a remarkable balance between tango and dance theatre.”