Visalia embraces Forever Tango

Celebrates the passionate music and dance of Argentina, with six world-class Argentine Tango couples, a traditional Argentine 1930s style vocalist and 11-piece orchestra, featuring the instrument of the tango, the bandoneón, a 19th century German accordion. For this tour only, renowned guest artists Anna Trebunskaya and Dmitry Chaplin of Dancing with the Stars join the company. The dances, performed to original and traditional music, are the result of collaboration between each couple and director/creator Luis Bravo. 

Forever Tango tells the story of the birth of the tango in 19th century Argentina where thousands of men, having abandoned a disintegrating Europe to emigrate to South America, found themselves in the crowded abattoirs (packing houses), the bars and street corners of the arrabales (outlying barriors) and in the enramadas (brothels).

Originally shunned by Argentina society as indecent, the tango became an overnight craze in upper-class Paris when Argentine intellectuals taught it when traveling abroad. The tango quickly spread across Europe and to America, and was eventually re-imported home to Argentina society, though not unchanged. Born in the brothels and bordellos of Buenos Aires, the tango may be Argentina’s best-known export.

Sensuous and sophisticated, the tango inhabits a world where everything can be said with the leg, the tug of a hand, the tap of a foot and the arch of an eyebrow. Truly an international event, Forever Tango opened on Broadway in June of 1997 for what was expected to be an eight-week engagement, ran for 14 months and has since performed on Broadway on three separate occasions.

Luis Bravo, the creator/director of Forever Tango, is a world-class cellist who has performed with major symphonies throughout the world. His distinguished credits include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Colon Theatre Opera House, the Buenos Aires Philharmonic and other prestigious ensembles.

With her breathtaking red hair and stunning dance moves, Anna Trebunskaya is a veteran of ABC’s Emmy award winning “Dancing with the Stars.” As a professional dancer and choreographer on more than 10 seasons on the top rated program, Anna has waltzed, fox trotted, tangoed and cha cha’ed with NFL greats, Olympians, boxing legends, UFC fighters, actors, fashion icons and musician. She has also been a co-host for’s DWTS all-access and You can also catch Anna as performer and host with the touring show, Ballroom with a Twist and she is now reprising her role in Forever Tango, which she originally performed in 2011-2012. Trebunskaya has also been seen as an actress in HBO’s “The Newsroom.” An entrepreneur, Anna owns the You Can Dance Ballroom Studio in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Dmitry Chaplin’s dancing career began at the age of 12 in his hometown of Rostov-on-Don in Russia. He moved to the United States in 1999 and after studying both in American and the United Kingdom, he began representing the United States at many world famous ballroom competitions, in 2006, Dmitry’s Dance career took a different course – he won a place on the FOX hit TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance” and became one of America’s Top 10 dancers.

Marcela Rios from 1986 to 1991, Marcela sang in the hit Argentinean television show, “Grandes Valores del Tango.” At the same time she was performing as a vocalist for the Agrupacion Orquestal directed by Jose Colangelo.

After leaving the orchestra, she toured Central and South America, Spain, Portugal and France. In 1995 she received the “Estrella de Mar” Award in Mar del Plata with great comedian Juan Verdaguer and singer Jorge Sobral for the Best Musical category. That same year she was invited to participate in Forever Tango at the Theatre on the Square for an unprecedented 92 week run. Making her return in 2002, and again in 2013, she has been performing and touring with Forever Tango around the USA, Central America, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Turkey and Greece.

Artbeat is a nonprofit arts organization founded by David Shaw presenting world music, dance, theatre and jazz in over 41 states in the US. Artbeat is committed to brining the very best in cultural entertainment to communities both large and off-the-beaten-track.

Tickets for Forever Tango start at $25. VIP tickets are available for $95 and includes: meet-n-greet, preferred seating and a Forever Tango CD. All tickets can be purchased now online at, by phone at 559-625-1369 or in person at the box office, 300 Main Street, Visalia.

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