Dates Available for Touring
Performers: 8 dancers/7 musicians
Artistic/Administrative Staff: 1
Production Staff: 2
Repertory Available 2018/19
Romper el Piso (Break the Floor)
Choreographer: Natalia Hills
Musical Director and Arrangements: Patricio Villarejo
Performed with live music
Last seen in the United States at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, world-renowned Tango dancer and choreographer Natalia Hills, an original member of the Broadway and London hit Forever Tango, leads an exquisite 15 member ensemble of Tango artists in Romper el Piso. Showcasing the intricate footwork, partnering, sensuality, and drama that comprise this classic Latin dance style, the company transports audiences from tango’s Afro-Argentinian roots in the working-class districts of Buenos Aires to its modern ballroom interpretation. Onstage, master musicians on bandoneón, cello, guitar, piano, and percussion perform the rhythms and melodies of composers from Juan D’Arienzo to Astor Piazzolla.
3 Day Residency Workshop
Dance Level: Geared towards dancers and choreographers of various disciplines.
Length of Class per day: 2 hours.
Technique, Musical Interpretation, Style, Repertoire, and Artist Talk.
This course will develop over 3 days, covering 2 stages of progressive study and in search of desired objectives. Transmitted through the language of dance and with the endorsement of the great “maestros” past, this work studies the vibrant spirit of tango and its rich material of steps and figures within an infinite embrace. Alejandro Aquino and Natalia Hills lead the workshops using the music of Argentine tango composer, Astor Piazzolla. Topics covered include: the history of Tango dance, Tango music and its legacy, a retrospective view of the prestigious musicians throughout history as well as different notable dancers and maestros and their styles.
Master Class with Natalia Hills & Alejandro Aquino
Dance Level: Advanced Tango Dancers.
Length of Class: 90 minutes
Students will work on the three fundamentals of Tango performance.
The Step: This is about how to step on stage. We will work on the purpose of each step we take, the dialogue between one step and another (that of oneself and that of the partner). We will work on the reason of each step and its determination. It is the step as the personal footprint of each dancer.
The Interpretation: This is how to interpret the music of the different orchestras. It is how to capture and reproduce the intention of each rhythm as it applies to one’s partner. It is ourselves as instruments of interpretation: how to transmit, from the dance, the idea and thought and to generate the desired effect.
The Music: This is about hearing the music and accompanying the temperaments, silences, and rhythms. It is how to incorporate the rhythm, to learn to hear and to transmit with the body each instrument that makes up a tango.
Social Tango Classes
Dance Level: Intermediate (2+ years Tango dance experience) Tango Dancers.
Length of Class: 60 minutes
Taught by Natalia Hills and Alejandro Aquino, students learn about the Embrace and Coordination which are key elements in Tango. Students are led through simple sequences to navigate the dance floor, together with musical interpretation (phrasing, accents, dynamics and pauses).
Social Tango Classes ll
Dance Level: Beginners
Length of the class: 60 minutes
A fun introduction to Tango, students are taught correct posture and balance. Participants will also learn the Embrace, Coordination, how to lead with clear signals and how to follow with fluid movements.
SCHOOLTIME MATINEE: BAILA! (50 minutes/includes Q+A Session)
BAILA! is a program specially designed for young audiences. Led by Artistic Director and tango dancer, Natalia Hills, she uses the basic movements of tango to recreate the sensation of the steps passed on by her grandparents in her youth and in the yard of her childhood home in south Buenos Aires. In addition to dance excerpts performed by the talented ensemble of musicians and dancers, students will also have the opportunity to learn basic movements during an interactive section of the lec dem. The students are taught to walk together, coordinate arms and legs to glide along. In 2012, Argentina’s Senate of the Nation recognized BAILA! a program of Cultural Interest, praising its educational impact of teaching the origin and art of tango to young audiences. Study guides available. Student Audience Grade Range: Grade 4 (ages 9-10 yrs old) – High School (ages 14-18)
Lecture Demonstration/Artist Talk: “Passing the Legacy” with Natalia Hills and Alejandro Aquino (1 hr 20 minutes)
At the end of 2012, after concluding different stages in their careers, Natalia Hills and Alejandro Aquino came together to create a truly unique Tango partnership, not only as dance partners, but also as cultural ambassadors for the preservation of true Argentine Tango and its rich history. In this Lecture Demonstration, Hills and Aquino draw from their personal experiences and expertise, having trained with some of Tango’s great masters who have since passed, to keep the spirit and history of this cultural treasure alive. Through video, photography, music and demonstrating the various steps and dance styles associated to these renowned maestros, Hills and Aquino take audiences on a historic journey through Tango’s revival in the late 1980s, sharing their personal stories on performing and training with legendary tango musicians, choreographers and dancers in Argentina and around the globe.
NO PRE-SHOW DISCUSSION. Post show discussion IS possible
Natalia Hills, Artistic Director and Choreographer
Tango dancer and choreographer Natalia Hills comes from three generations of Tango dancers. Hills made her theatrical debut at the young age of 12 in the historic Corrientes theater district in Buenos Aires performing alongside Tango legends: dancer and choreographer Juan Carlos Copes, vocalist Roberto Goyeneche and Atilio Stampone (composer, pianist). Hills later went on to perform as one of the original members of the Broadway and London hit, Forever Tango which was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk awards for best choreography. In 1995, after a successful theater season in London’s West End, she was invited to perform at a British Embassy event in honor of Princess Diana Spencer. Over the course of her career, Hills has danced in the most prestigious theaters in the world: the Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, the Hollywood Bowl as a primary dancer accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and in the Walther Kerr, Marquis, and Shubert Theaters on Broadway. Television appearances include NBC’s Today Show, Evening at the Pops on PBS featuring the Boston Pops and hosted by Leslie Caron, and on the National Geographic channel among others. Founding her company in 2009, Tangueros del Sur made its US premiere at New York City Center that same year.
Alejandro Aquino, Principal Dancer
Prior to beginning his career as a Tango dancer, Alejandro Aquino finished his studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, where he subsequently became a member of the Corps de Ballet. In 1988 he was a principal dancer in the production of Juan Carlos Copes’ Tango-Tango with Roberto Goyeneche and Atilio Spampone. Aquino was chosen by Maestro Osvaldo Pugliese; composer, orchestra leader and one of the most important figures in the history of Tango music, to join the Orchestra concerts on tour in America, Asia and Europe. Among these was the historic concert of Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla at the Royal Carré Theatre in Amsterdam, Holland on June 26, 1989. In 1991 he performed in the famous Aldwych West End Theater in London with the show Tango Argentino with Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzolli. He established himself in Europe and created the show Tangueros that was sponsored by the Festival International Oriente-Occidente in Trento and Rovereto in Italy. He joined joined Romper el Piso in 2016, performing as a Principal Dancer with Tangueros del Sur at the legendary Teatro Maipo de Buenos Aires, in July-August 2016.
Patricio Villarejo, Musical Director and Arrangements
An accomplished cellist, composer, arranger, musical director and producer, Villarejo was part of the Historic Concert of Osvaldo Pugliese Orchestra and Astor Piazzolla´s Sextet in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in June 26, 1989. Villarejo started his studies in violoncello in Argentina, with Argentine maestro Leo Viola and graduated in Violoncello and Composition from the University of Florida in Gainesville (USA). In1988 joined the National Symphony of Argentina and is a former member for Osvaldo Puglese and Horacio Salgan’s orchestras. He joined the Broadway-bound production Forever Tango from 1996-2007. In November 2011, he performed with Peter Gabriel and the New Blood Orchestra in Buenos Aires- Argentina. He has been Musical Director for Tangueros del Sur since 2009. Romper el Piso features Villarejos’ musical arrangements and original compositions.