Two tango shows will be staged in late January - passionate Argentine tango combined with modern ballet and a modern dance drama with elements of tango.
"Shanghai Tango," the well-known work of dancer Jin Xing about Shanghai will be staged at Shanghai Grand Theater on January 20 and 21; Argentine tango queen Mora Godoy will present her "Argentina Tango" at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on January 25 and 26.
"Argentina Tango" is created by Godoy herself and features a collection of passionate Latin rhythms, dazzling complicated steps and changing stage effects enhanced by technology in a show that celebrates both masculine and feminine energies.
A live band features a grand piano, Argentine accordion, bass, viola, violin and percussion.
Born into a tango family, Godoy has been a tango star since her teenage years.
She studied ballet in Russia and combined techniques and elements of ballet with tango.
With her choreography, she turned traditional tango for nightclub entertainment into a different artistic production. She once was named artist of the year in Argentina.
Dance musical "Tanguera" is one of the best-known works by her dance company that has become a culture ambassador for Argentina.
Dancer Jin Xing once again presents "Shanghai Tango," a mix of East and West in dance, music and costumes. The production includes 10 of Jin's works, including "Halfdream" for which Jin has received numerous awards.
The performance is no so much tango but tango-influenced with Piazzolla's music. It presents a glimpse of contemporary Shanghai, a mix of passions and cultures, past, present and future.
"For me, theater is like a church or temple where everybody can discard their status and identity, just to appreciate the atmosphere created by the artist," Jin says. "It allows communication among souls, the most magical part of art."
Date: January 20-21, 7:30pm
Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 People's Ave, Shanghai
Tickets: 100-580 yuan (US$16-92)
Date: January 25-26, 7:15pm
Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong, Shanghai
Tickets: 80-680 yuan