Roberto Castillo and Julieta Biscione.

FAME Studio Malaysia will bring an Argentinian tango concert called Scent Of Tango, to audiences here in March. Borrowing its name from the popular movie, Scent Of A Woman, the performance at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre on March 23 will feature the best of Argentinian tango music and dance.

The dance form dates back to the end of the 19th century, to Buenos Aires in Argentina and Montevideo in Uruguay, and has been designated part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The concert aims to profile and popularise the tango amongst Malaysians. Producer Jeannie Low says, “The art of tango is to embrace the freedom of expression and channel the positive energy to the partner, which is why the dance is deemed as one of the most unique in the world.”

The concert showcases live performances from renowned international artistes featuring top performers Sebastian Acosta and Laura D’Anna, the champions of Mundial World Tango 2014, and Roberto Castillo and Julieta Biscione, professional tango dancers from Argentina.

Additionally, world-renowned orchestra, Hyperion Ensemble, will perform popular music from the tango old guards such as D’arienzo, Pugliese, and Canaro, and also play contemporary music by composers such as Astor Piazzolla, reputed to be the musician who fused classical and jazz into the tango, pioneering Tango Nuevo (New Tango).

The event is supported by the Embassy of Argentina in Malaysia. It aims to promote Argentinian culture and strengthen government-to-government relations under its Cultural Exchange Initiative.

Low said: “We are expecting audiences to come mainly from Malaysia but tango enthusiasts around the region will not want to miss out on this event. More so, we want Malaysians interested in art and culture but are not familiar with tango, to take this opportunity to get to know this art form. It can be enjoyed by all.”

Since its inception in 2014, Fame Studio has been promoting tango classes and workshops led by renowned dancers and teachers. Formed in 1992, Hyperion Ensemble has had more than 1,000 shows in Europe. In recent years, the Ensemble has collaborated with singer Antonella Ruggiero and has often performed with symphonic orchestras, particularly with Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana.

Acosta is a former winner of the La Baldosa milonga championship and the Tango World Championship. D’Anna learnt classical dance and was a tango dancer at La Esquina Carlos Gardel, one of the most prestigious tango houses in Buenos Aires. Castillo graduated from Academia de Estilos de Tango Argentino (ACETA) under the tutelage of Turco Jose and Eduardo Arquimbau, among others. Biscione learnt ballet and was part of the cast of the musical Tanguera in Buenos Aires.

The concert at the KLPaC Sentul Park, Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur begins at 8pm.

Tickets: RM100-RM230. For details, call 012-217 7183

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