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Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
Fairfax, VA
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QuinTango intersperses its sizzling music with narratives about Eastern European immigrants in Argentina, why a shabbos goy became one of the greatest names in tango, and how the second largest Jewish community in the world contributed more to tango than music. QuinTango (two violins, cello, bass and piano) and two dancers, broken-hearted lovers, unfold the Tangos in a kaleidoscope of emotions and historical settings.

Tango's multi-cultural immigrant roots imbued it with grit, defiance, humor, courage, and an understanding of inevitability. Its working class parents gave it attitude and heart, defining their experiences in tango's music, dance and poetry. Each tango is a three-minutes slice of life where connections are made or broken. By taking their own stories and framing them in the universal language of tango,  Jewish musicians, music publishers, writers and dancers have contributed to and drawn solace from Tango. They have embraced the melancholy and resonated to the promise Tango holds - in tango the only reality is the music: there is a leader and a follower, freedom and courage to express oneself, and three minutes is a lifetime.

The five musicians in the Northern Virginia-based QuinTango are Eva Cappelletti Chao (violin), Jon Nazdin (bass), Joan Singer (violin), Lukasz Szyrner (cello) and Jeffery Watson (piano). The Richmond Times Dispatch has said of QuinTango, "The night was cold, windy and wet, but the music was definitely hot." And in a review by the Washington Post, they were said to have "Dramatic power, sublime lyricism . . . rousing . . . brooding . . . plenty of passion . . . a certain playfulness and vitality . . . deeply soulful tone."

Guest tango artists are Argentine natives Jeremias Massera and Mariela Barufaldi, who began dancing together in 2007, and have since developed a sensual and melodic style of tango. They are founders of the Tango Axis Dance Company and created the show "Eras del Tango", which they produced, directed and starred in, debuting at the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. "dancers Jeremias Massera and Mariela Barufaldi embodied the harsh passion and danger as well as elegance of tango."  South Florida Classical Review

The JCCNV's Cultural Arts programming is partially funded by the the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County.
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Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States

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Arts > Dance
Music

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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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