INTO THE TANGO
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Fringe Review: “Into the Tango” – PointeTango
Venue 3: Metro Studio Theatre at the Victoria Fringe Festival
“‘Into the Tango’ shows every minute of the three years that dancers Alexander Richardson and Erin Scott-Kafadar have done working on the choreography. The dancing featured is a mix of traditional tango from Argentina, contemporary, and a little ballet dancing thrown in. And it all flows together beautifully.
To say that the performance is amazing is selling it short. Words fall short. Everything down to the taps of shoes to the trills of piano keys has been considered, with each step landing exactly where it needs.
I could gush about the physicality of dancing, the strength of it from both dancers, how long it must have taken to be this good, the pointe ballet shoes somehow blending perfectly into tango, the acting required during all of it, I could keep talking for hours.
Go see it!”
The dance is delightful
“Dramatic! Passionate! Awe-inspiring! Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson present a wonderful program of dance, which was voted the favourite dance show at the 2018 Victoria Fringe. With amazing versatility, Scott-Kafadar begins with bare feet, proceeds to elegant stiletto heels, and on to a pointe ballet shoe on one foot with the stiletto on the other. Richardson is lithe, and they dance as one body, with grace and precision. There is also an element of fun in their facial expressions as they move through the lighter pieces in the repertoire. And their various costumes reflect the tempo of the dance. Definitely a must-see!”
***** (out of 5)
– Sheila Martindale
PointeTango are dancers Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson. Photo by Pablo D. Zamora
Following the 2018 success of Para Dos, PointeTango dancers Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson have returned from Buenos Aires to North Bay with Into the Tango.
Showcasing lifts, ballet, turns and tango, Into the Tango is part of the On the Edge fringe festival, running today through Saturday at the Capitol Centre.
Today I interviewed Erin Scott-Kafadar of PointeTango to discuss the show Into the Tango and hear about dance that crosses borders and artistic genres.
Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Into the Tango
5 stars / 5
“That the tango is one of the world’s most fiercely passionate dance forms, there is no dispute.
And it’s enthralling to witness the performance of two people who put their own unique stamp on it.
Erin Scott-Kafadar and Alexander Richardson, the two members of the company Pointe Tango, returned from Buenos Aires following their highly praised show from last year, Para Dos.
In Into the Tango, the pair present a blend of tango, ballet and contemporary dance. The performance is filled with intricate steps, graceful bends, swoops and gasp-inducing lifts. The sheer physicality and precision is enough to bowl anyone over.
Early in the show, simple lighting and the sound of traffic and church bells serve to recreate an Argentinian street scape. (The row of four slender illuminated poles at the back of the stage, first appearing white, made me think of bike-lane bollards.)
The light poles change throughout the performance from one dazzling colour to another, helping to transform the mood. Music shifts from classical to jazz to electro-pop.
To further transport us we also hear a couple of poetic-sounding voiceovers in Spanish in between dance numbers.
I wish there would have been sub-titles. They would have added meaning to the moment. After the show the duo directed the audience to their Facebook page for translations, but I found that little consolation.
Still, that’s a small quibble.
It was an indisputably professional performance that earned a standing ovation from most of the audience.”
— Kathy Fitzpatrick
Theatre in London
May 30, 2019
“Into the Tango is a fantastic, passionate performance in which two dancers take us on a journey through Buenos Aires. Choreographer, Alexander Richardson and dancer Erin Scott-Kafadar have together, created a show which pushes boundaries throughout, and movements you did not know were possible will be effortlessly presented. Featuring classical music, electronic pop – and of course the Tango, you are sure to be captivated by this show!”
Fringe review: Into The Tango
Entertaining dance show blending Argentine Tango and classical ballet raises the temperature
BY DEBBIE FEIN-GOLDBACH JULY 8, 2019
“INTO THE TANGO created by the company (PointeTango/Fringe). At the Randolph Theatre. July 9 at 10:15 pm, July 10 at 3:15 pm, July 12 at 1 pm, July 14 at 1:45 pm. See listing. Rating: NNNN
It’s hot outside in Toronto these days, but it’s even hotter when PointeTango performs on the Randolph stage.
Dancers Alexander Richardson and Erin Scott-Kafadar are a sultry duo that blends Argentine Tango and classical ballet, performing to traditional and contemporary music as well as poetry.
They amaze the audience from the opening number, which incorporates a stretchy web-like material into the dance. Coloured lights resembling large glow sticks light up the stage behind them as they perform many different mesmerizing tangos and lifts. Halfway through they pause the show to offer some explanation and context.
They even promote social justice by donning green scarves in one dance, paying homage to the recent Green Action Day in Argentina, in support of legal, safe and free abortion.”
“Un spectacle passionnant de toute beauté!” -Jackie L.
“Alexander Richardson and Erin Scott were a hit at last years Fringe Festival with their show “Para Dos”.
They are back with a new show for this year a blend of contemporary, tango, and ballet dances. What I find really exciting about this group is their fusion of pointe ballet and tango. Hence the name of their dance group Pointe Tango. Watching Erin dance tango while on pointe is mesmerising. She even does one number in the show where she is wearing a pointe show on one foot and a tango shoe on the other.
Intricate Tango dance moves, and spectacular lifts make this a breathtaking show to see. Even if you’re not into dance this is definitely a show to try and catch at this years Festival.”
“Amazing show – we were mesmerized for the start and the hour flew by. We saw the show last year and this year was just as stunning. A show worth seeing.”
“Their dance performance is one of the best I’ve ever seen!! Everyone who loves dance MUST see this dynamic duo. 5***** Fabulous!!” –Geri S.
“Their love for Argentine tango, creativity and passion is outstanding!” -Lucja A.
“Highly recommend you see these creative and talented dancers. The combination of ballet and tango is stunning!” –Rosemary D.
“I saw your show Into the Tango at the Toronto Fringe Festival and I absolutely LOVED it! It was incredible!! It was my favourite fringe show – I loved the artistry, the variety, the chemistry and I really loved the music too!” -Janelle W.
“My wife and I were in the audience this afternoon at the Fringe. That was six hours ago… and we are STILL at a loss for words to express what we experienced. Exquisite. Expressive. Emotional. Erotic. Existential (that’s a LOT of “E” words eh?). Your artistry is so wonderful to witness — your performance was so generous. Please don’t ever stop creating such magic.” -Jamie M.