It Takes Three to Tango
Pianist Victor Simon, flutist/dancer Jacques Saint-Cyr and dancer/choreographer Maria E. Castello will present a program dedicated to Argentine Tango. The artists have performed together since 2000 at numerous festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada.
This group has created a performance that mixes music, dance and theater in a potpourri of Argentine Tango’s history. From the Tango Duel on the streets of Buenos Aires where men gather to create new dance figures, through Milonga from which tango evolved to its form in the brothels, to the complexity of Astor Piazzolla’s music, the tango continues to change and perpetuate the history of its country. It is the history of a popular dance that has been transformed and has expanded all over the world.
About the Artists
María Castello and Jacques Saint-Cyr have been collaborating since 1994, having performed in contemporary dance and tango at the International Folklore Festival, Drumondville; Espace Tangente, Montreal; the Acadian Festival, Caraquet; the Lanaudiere Festival; at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington and Tango Locura, an international Tango festival in Montreal. In 1997 they created It Takes Three to Tango, a stage production with dance and live music based on the history of Argentine Tango. This production has been presented in many cities in Canada and the U.S.A.
Victor Simon has a Master degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Cordoba, Argentina. He has received many prizes including Best Solo Performance from the National Festival of Music, Buenos Aires; Prize Martin-Fierro and First Prize at the National Festival in Cordoba. He has taught at University of Santiago del Estero. He is the founder member of the Chamber Music Trio of this institution. As a pianist Victor as participated in many international tours. In 1998 he was part of the performance tour of Forever Tango. He his also the director of the Ensemble Montreal Tango that has performed throughout Canada.