Union Tanguera’s “Nuit Blanche” (Sleepless Night)
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“Nuit Blanche carves out its own inventive space between concert dance and dance theatre, honoring the many influences on tango music and dance over the past hundred years.
– Bach Track.com
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“…Union Tanguera’s latest show…intelligently reinterprets the vocabulary of pure tango.”
– Gallia Valette-Pilenko, Danseur (France)
“Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) is a spectacle of full theatrical artistic dignity…tradition and experimentation are the two poles around which revolve the entire show.”
– Elecna Cacciatori, La Cornaca (Italy)
“[Nuit Blanche has] a strong flavor of Tanztheater. It is carefully constructed entertainment, perfectly in rhythm and spirit and capable of making tango universal and contemporary.”
– Elisa Guzzo Vaccarino, Ballet 2000 (France)
Co-Produced by the Maison de la Danse – Lyon, Nuit Blanche or Sleepless Night (2010) is Union Tanguera’s newest work. Performed by a mixed cast of tango dancers and musicians, Nuit Blanche “intelligently reinterprets the vocabulary of pure tango” (Danseur). By using a language of contemporary tango, Nuit Blanche weaves a sensual framework in and out of ‘abrazos’ combined with real honest human emotions. Set in a nameless nightclub at the end of a traditional tango show, Nuit Blanche, illuminates the wanderings, desires, instincts and fears that unfold in one sleepless night. The subtly layered work unfolds a tango show transforming into reality as the performers on stage transform to present human beings, truer to life. Nuit Blanche is the third creation of Union Tanguera and was created and choreographed by Co-Artistic Directors Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreneo in conjunction with direction by Jorge Crudo and Rolan Van Löor of Compagnie Modos Vivendi. The music of the work combines traditional tango recordings with live original compositions. Acoustic and electronic sounds converge to create a unique soundtrack performed by Buenos Aires’ finest musicians featuring a quartet of violin, bandoneon, piano, and double bass. Scenic and lighting design were created by Gonzalo Córdova. Since the work’s premiere, Nuit Blanche has been performed in France, Italy and Austria.
Cia. Unión Tanguera, founded in 2002, is a French Argentinean contemporary tango ensemble company based in Lyon, France and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company’s works are created and directed by Co-Artistic Directors, Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno. Utilizing the music and dance of traditional tango as the foundation for their creative process and by incorporating elements of contemporary dance, Union Tanguera creates new frontiers and ways of re-imagining the possibility of tango.
Originally from Argentina, Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno have worked together since 1990. 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 graphic design. Moreno 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 “Ciclos,” directed by Alicia Orlando, where he met Codega. Since representing Argentina in the Universal Exposition of Seville (1992), Codego and Moreno have been invited to the most important tango festivals around the world. They are part of a generation that has been credited with recovering tango as a social dance. They have been integral in creating the conditions for its current popularity. Students of the greatest tango maestros of the 80’s and 90’s, they have created a style which serves as a reference for the new generation of tango dancers and teachers. Their dance is grave, intense and dynamic; a synthesis of styles reinterpreted, in which fantasy and imagination are joined, inside the logic of improvised tango. Codego and Moreno formed Union Tanguera in 2002 in Lyon, France, and shortly thereafter created their first full-length piece, “Efecto Tango” (2005). This work was born out of an investigation of how to reformulate the theatrical expression of tango while respecting the purity of the traditional social dance. Their next full-length work, “Tango Vivo” (2006/2008), toured France, Italy, and Switzerland. Both productions were co-produced with Lyon’s Maison de la Danse. Union Tanguera has been supported by Tango de Soie, a school and home for tango in Lyon, since 2006 and has formed many important partnerships with various funding institutions in France, including La Maison de la Danse de Lyon. They are presently creating work for the Opera of Lyon and the city of Chassieu. Their latest work, “Nuit Blanche” (2010), was created in collaboration with Rolan van Loor and Jorge Crudo of Modos Vivendi (France), toured Italy, Austria and France, and has been seen by over 10,000 spectators.