SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2008 :: 8:00 PM
Peter Norton Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th Street, NYC
$35, $45; students with ID $18
Box office (212) 864-5400
Information/tickets (212) 545-7536

Video of Los Hermanos Macana can be viewed at:


This program marks the world premiere of Tango Noir, a new show conceived and directed by the renowned choreographer Mariela Franganillo. The show, which combines humor with the dark and passionate side of tango, features four breathtaking dancers: Los Hermanos Macana (the brothers Enrique and Guillermo Di Fazio), one of the hottest acts in the international tango scene and are making their New York theatrical debut; Junior Cervila of Tango Argentino fame; and Mariana Parma of Swango. The music features singer Hector Pablo Pereyra and ensemble led by Gustavo Casenave.

The Argentine brothers Enrique and Guillermo Di Fazio – known as Los Hermanos Macana – are famous worldwide for their tango interpretations. The brothers take their stage name from the term 'macana,' which is Buenos Aires slang for “witty guy,” and also “one who’s just got it.” This term sums up Los Hermanos Macana: they are playful and comical with an incredible technical brilliance. Bursting with ideas and energy, the brothers make up a unique couple – and not just because they are two men dancing the tango together. While their act might at first seem modern and novel, they consider themselves to be traditional tango dancers – referring to the very origins of the art form, when at the beginning of the 20th century Argentine men danced with each other.

Junior Cervila, noted for his creative style, intricate footwork and versatility, is an internationally renowned tango dancer, teacher and choreographer from Argentina. A veteran of Tango Argentino on Broadway, he also danced in Julio Iglesias’s world tour. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the US, and worked with the orchestras of Jorge Dragone, Omar Valente, Walter Rios and others. He was also the choreographic assistant to tango legend Juan Carlos Copes. He has appeared in numerous films, including Carlos Saura’s Tango (Academy Award nominee for best foreign film in 1998) and a BBC documentary in which he dance with Deborah Bull (the first dancer of the Royal Ballet of London).

Mariana Parma has traveled worldwide, performing and choreographing for film and theater productions. She was a producer and performer in Swango, written by Tony and Grammy award-winner Rupert Holmes, and the assistant choreographer for the world premiere production of Camila, the Musical (Walnut Street Theater). She coached Chita Rivera on how to tango for Venecia; performed in the workshop of the Bronx Casket Company, directed and choreographed by Tony award-winning Hinton Battle; and was a featured dancer in the national tour of Swing. She most recently took first prize, with her partner Omar, in the Argentine tango competition held in NYC in July 2008. She has a B.A. in dance from Rutgers University.

Mariela Franganillo, dancer, choreographer, teacher and producer, was born and raised in Argentina. Her dance experience ranges from the milongas of Buenos Aires to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Broadway. She appeared in Forever Tango on Broadway, Eternal Tango, XTango, and Carnegie Hall’s tribute to Paquito D’Rivera with Pablo Ziegler, and toured with Julio Iglesias. As a producer, her credits include Tango Connection and Swango, the NY Tango Marathon, and the NY Tango Festival.

For information about the NY Tango Festival, including a schedule of workshops, visit www.nytangofestival.com

This program is made possible in part with support provided by the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

This program is part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an annual global event dedicated to the ideals of tolerance, friendship and a shared humanity. www.danielpearl.org