PointeTango presents, “Para Dos- For Two!”
Direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina, PointeTango premieres its latest contemporary dance show, Para Dos– For Two! What happens when the precision of classical ballet danced on pointe, meets the intensity of Argentine tango? PointeTango! Immerse yourself in the music of Argentina and be swept away by Erin and Alexander’s dance.
Making its world premier at the London Fringe Festival, PointeTango Dance Company is presenting their new work at the McManus Studio, Grand Theatre. Para Dos is a spectacular forty-five minute dance show that combines the raw emotion and connection of Argentine tango with the elegance and precision of classical ballet. This new dance language blends tradition and innovation with authentic Argentine tango danced in heels and, in a unique twist, tango danced on pointe shoes! With acrobatic lifts and intricate footwork, this show is a must-see experience that will bring audiences young and old together to witness the beauty of two dancers moving seamlessly as one.
The soundtrack of Para Dos introduces audiences to the legendary tango orchestras of Anibal Troilo, Osvaldo Pugliese and Astor Piazzolla. Erin and Alexander pay tribute to Piazzolla by dancing a duet to Horacio Ferrer’s poem, “Mi Viejo Piazzolla”. This poem of admiration, nostalgia and love sets the tone for the show. Audiences are transported to the bustling streets of Buenos Aires where Erin and Alexander dance through the ecstasy, the hardship, and the love that brought them together.
Who we are
Alexander Richardson, Director of PointeTango
Originally from London, Ontario, Alexander Richardson is the lead dancer and choreographer of PointeTango. Growing up in London, (Wortley Road public school and South Secondary) he discovered a passion for music and dance with his active involvement in the London Youth Symphony, high school theatre, and musical productions and dance classes in ballet and modern dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The drive to create lead him to Montreal, where he completed a three-year degree in classical ballet (Ballet Divertimento) and a Bachelors Degree in Fine arts, while studying music composition and contemporary dance at Concordia and McGill Universities.
PointeTango, emerged from the question: What happens when classical ballet meets Argentine Tango? To answer this, in 2010, Alexander left Montreal for Buenos Aires and began researching and living the life of tango. Success in Buenos Aires led him to teaching and performing all over the world in tango festivals, on cruise ships, and in television and film productions. In 2016, Alexander created his new dance company, PointeTango, with his partner and professional ballerina, Erin Scott-Kafadar.
Erin Scott-Kafadar, Principal dancer, PointeTango
Erin Scott-Kafadar started dancing before she could even walk, thanks to her mother, a ballet teacher. Born in Montreal, Canada, Erin completed a 10-year professional degree in Classical Ballet at L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec. She also polished her technique in William Forsyth’s ART of intensive in Berlin and at TransFormation Danse in Montreal. She started her professional career in 2010 touring with Le Jeune Ballet du Québec and with Ballet Ouest de Montréal’s production of “The Nutcracker”. Erin toured internationally with the Ballet Eddy Toussaint as Principal Dancer for four years. Erin began her Argentine Tango training in Buenos Aires, where she studied with the most prestigious teachers and dancers of this unique genre and now teaches and performs on the stages in Argentina and cruise ships with her partner Alexander.
Media Contact: Alexander Richardson
Cell Phone: 1-514-999-7542
YouTube: PointeTango Dance
Promo Video: https://youtu.be/l0kGSEvZuiU
Show Dates and times
Friday, June 1, 7pm
Saturday, June 2, 10pm
Sunday, June 3, 7pm
Tuesday, June 5, 5:30pm
Friday, June 8, 8:30pm
Saturday, June 9, 4:30pm
The Grand Theatre (McManus Studio Theatre)
471 Richmond St., London, ON