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TANGO Rojo        Theatre Production
Showcasing the dance and music of Argentine Tango

Tango Rojo (meaning red) invites you to experience the beauty, passion and seduction of Argentine Tango through exquisite costumes, dance, music and song.

Argentine Tango is derived from the heart of Buenos Aires. A dance of grace and complexity that moves with changing rhythms and intensity to the distinctly unique and varied styles of Tango music.

Join us on a journey that showcases the rich diversity of Argentine Tango through the collaboration of 4 artists
- NZ Tango Champions John and Felicity Flower, Chico Zarate on vocals / guitar and pianist Catherine McKay.

Duration - 75 min (no interval)

Pianist Catherine McKay with NZ Tango Champions John & Felicity FlowerChico Zarate

About the Artists

NZ TANGO CHAMPIONS ~ John & Felicity Flower

New Zealand Tango Champions John and Felicity Flower have drawn on each of their extensive backgrounds in the performing arts to form a 13 year Argentine Tango partnership.
John Flower
John has over 35 years of dance experience that began with ice-skating where he was a Gold Level Ice Dance Champion. He continued on to specialise in South American dance, winning national titles, teaching and performing in the styles of Salsa, Lambada and Argentine Tango.

From the age of 3 Felicity spent her childhood training and competing in the dance forms of Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Her stage background also includes working as a Magician in professional magic shows from the age of 8. Felicity was introduced to Argentine Tango in 2000 and has been training & performing with John in New Zealand and Internationally for the last 12 years.Felicity Flower

Winning the national Tango competition for the last 3 consecutive years it ran, provided John & Felicity the privilege of representing New Zealand 3 times in the Semi Finals of the prestigious World Stage Tango Championships held annually in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Dancing in the Semi-Finals in the World Stage Tango Championship, Buenos Aires

Other notable experiences include performing in special Tango concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and choreographing the Tango segment for the TV3 Show "So you think you can dance".

View more info / photos of John & Felicity on their show page and events pages.

Chico Zarate
VOCALS / GUITAR ~ Chico Zarate

Chico Zarate, a Latino Spanish singer, song writer and music producer, has performed in many countries around Europe and Americas. In New Zealand he has Gold and Platinum records with Kantuta.

Chico has performed twice with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, receiving standing ovations for singing the famous Gardel Tango song "El Dia Que Me Quieras".

Catherine McKay
PIANO ~ Catherine McKay

Catherine was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London and went on to study and work in Canada, initially at the Banff Centre and then to complete the Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées under Marc Durand in Piano performance & French at the Université de Montréal.

Now based in Wellington she works at Victoria University's NZSM as accompanist and tutor in chamber music for their Young Musicians Programme, in between freelance concert performances and as teacher of piano.

Catherine McKay plays He Korero the piano which has been purchased by Te Papa. (she also played it in Venice)In 2008/9 she returned to the Banff Centre for to work as their collaborative pianist for their Fall & Winter semesters. In 2011 she lived in Venice for two months to play daily on the Parekowhai piano for visitors and present several concerts at the NZ Pavillion for the Venice Biennale.

Recent musical activities around NZ include the role of 'pianist-wife' in Sara Brodie's production of The Kreutzer with the NZ String Quartet in Auckland and Christchurch Arts Festivals; In March she was concerto soloist with St Matthews Chamber Orchestra, Auckland performing Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto and earlier with SMCO playing Chopin's F minor Piano Concerto.

In June she was soloist with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra playing Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto. With the NZ Air Force Band she performed Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue for their Proms Concert at the Michael Fowler Centre. She collaborates with many musicians in classical chamber recitals around Wellington and with 4XTango, specialising in Argentinian Tangos and the music of Piazzolla.

Prior to this she was pianist of the Turnovsky Trio, Artists-in-Residence at the University of Waikato's Performing Arts Centre during which time they were selected to compete in the ARD International Chamber Music Competition held in Munich, toured parts of UK, US and Europe, premiered many contemporary NZ compositions, recorded a CD on the Morrison Trust label of Russian Romantic Piano Trios and collaborated with many NZ guest artists such as Tim & Neil Finn, Dame Malvina Major.

While studying in London she had opportunities to perform at St-Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, The Southbank Centre, Australia House, Royal Overseas House and was a prize-winner in the Kendall Taylor Beethoven Piano Competition at the Royal College of Music.

In NZ her teachers have been Jan Beck, Terence Dennis & Diedre Irons.

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