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)
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 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.
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.
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.
/ 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
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
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.
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.
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
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.