‘[Cherkaoui’s] take on tango is a sweetly melancholic love letter’
‘Rhythms flicker around the stage like forked lightning’
‘m¡longa casts a magic spell’
‘One of [Cherkaoui’s] most touching and entertaining shows’
‘m¡longa is a very beautiful show indeed’
‘m¡longa is an almighty successful bet’
‘This m¡longa had every audience member in ecstasy. Cherkaoui’s Tango kick is addictive’
‘With m¡longa Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui delivers another jewel’
‘The audience is enraptured by these virtuoso artists’ transcendent movements’
‘A stunning version of a tango reviewed and updated’
‘A parabolic, mind-blowing, intoxicating, euphoric vision’
Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has fascinated and captivated the world with its sexuality, power and beauty.
Milonga is the term for a tango dance party. Inspired by the late night milonga scene held in the intimate bars of Buenos Aires, choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has drawn on traditional influences and added a contemporary twist.
Collaborating with an incredibly talented cast of 17 performers, Cherkaoui unites Argentinean tango dancers, contemporary dancers and a live on stage band.
The result is a seductive and fascinating exploration of tango for the 21st century.
Multi Olivier award-winning Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is a Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist. He is internationally renowned for his ground-breaking, large-scale productions collaborating with international artists such as Akram Kahn (Zero Degrees), Flamenco legend Maria Pages (Dunas), Damien Jalet (Babel) and the monks of the Shaolin Temple in China (Sutra).
For m¡longa, Cherkaoui collaborates with Argentinian tango superstar Nelida Rodriguez de Aure, with new music from Argentinean composer Fernando Marzan, video and set design by Eugenio Szwarcer, and costumes by renowned fashion designer Tim Van Steenbergen.
"What attracts me most about tango is the eternal embrace of the dancers. When a tango couple dances, we sense the hypnotic dialogue between two bodies connecting intuitively, merging into one. If there is such a thing as my style of dance, it is rooted in touch, in physical contact - and that is inherent in tango."
m¡longa is a Sadler’s Wells Production toured and presented by Dance Consortium.
Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes including a 20 minute interval. There will be no interval during the Sadler’s Wells or Brighton Dome performances.
‘Cloaked in intimacy, dappled with melancholy, Cherkaoui’s m¡longa makes you feel as if you’ve stumbled into a fantasy dance hall, and you’re the luckiest wallflower in town’
‘Mating rituals can never have looked more artfully sexy, nor, in the show as a whole, can tango ever been given a fonder or more imaginative makeover. What a treat’
‘Cherkaoui has drawn the best from his five top tango couples, bringing classic stylings to a show that highlights the drama and passion for which tango is renowned’
‘Cherkaoui frees the Tango: with m¡longa, the Belgian choreographer passionately reinvents the dance from the streets of Buenos Aires’
‘Extraordinary and flawless, the twelve performers are impressive and effective in showing us the visionary daring of Cherkaoui’
‘Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui offers a poetic stroll through Buenos Aires where tango is sovereign, a delight!’
‘It is hard to find the words to describe the sheer beauty conjured up on stage by the company’
‘The performance is so striking, so hard, and so intense that it brings tears to my eyes… It is purely, intensely beautiful’