March 12, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Unión Tanguera will bring their unique blend of contemporary tango to Bucknell University's Weis Center stage on Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Prior to and in conjunction with the performance, the Weis Center will host two free events: a lecture/demonstration on Thursday, March 26, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Weis Center Lobby; and a social dance or milonga on Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Members of Unión Tanguera will teach participants basic steps and movements of tango to live music in the Weis Center Lobby during the free evening lesson, which will be accessible for all levels and ages; no experience is necessary.

Founded in 2002, Unión Tanguera is a French Argentinean contemporary tango ensemble based in Lyon, France, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The company's works are created and directed by co-artistic directors Claudia Codega and Esteban Moreno.

Originally from Argentina, Codega and Moreno have worked together since 1990. Codega, who trained in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, and composition, has performed as a contemporary dancer in various theaters, finding tango in 1990. Moreno discovered tango in 1988 through courses at the Centro Cultural Gral San Martín, and at Centro Cultural Fortunato Lacamera.

Codego and Moreno, who represented Argentina in the Universal Exposition of Seville in 1992, are part of a generation credited with recovering tango as a social dance. Their dance is grave, intense and dynamic, a synthesis of styles reinterpreted, in which fantasy and imagination are joined, inside the logic of improvised tango.

About the Performance Piece, Nuit Blanche or Sleepless Night
Their latest work, Nuit Blanche or Sleepless Night (2010), was created in collaboration with Rolan van Loor and Jorge Crudo of Modos Vivendi (France). It has toured Italy, Austria and France, and has been seen by more than 10,000 spectators.

Performed by a mixed cast of tango dancers and musicians, Nuit Blanche "intelligently reinterprets the vocabulary of pure tango" (Danseur). By using a language of contemporary tango, Nuit Blanche weaves a sensual framework in and out of 'abrazos' combined with real honest human emotions. The music of the work combines traditional tango recordings with live original compositions. Acoustic and electronic sounds converge to create a unique soundtrack performed by Buenos Aires' finest musicians featuring a quartet of violin, bandoneon, piano, and double bass.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for non-Bucknell students and $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a world music performance by Ukrainian ensemble DakhaBrakha on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. Accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, the quartet's astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range creates a transnational sound rooted in Ukrainian culture. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+ and $5 for youth.

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

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