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October 31, 2013

Take a twirl with 'Forever Tango'

Whether you are a tango aficionado or someone whose experience with ballroom dance extends no further than “Dancing with the Stars,” you’ll appreciate “Forever Tango” for its passionate dancers and extraordinary music.

The production at the Cutler Majestic until Saturday is, of course, focused on the 14 professional dancers who hail from across the globe. However, equally impressive is the on-stage nine-piece orchestra, which plays for every dance and for many additional numbers while the dancers are off stage.

Although the play is supposed to cover the history of tango, there is no discernible narrative connecting the dances. However, audience members will hardly notice this shortcoming as they follow the fast feet and acrobatic dancers twirling around the stage.

The six dances during Act I are beautiful, but Act II delivers a delightful explosion of high-energy numbers and more modern tangos.

The dances are choreographed by performers in conjunction with “Forever Tango” creator and director Luis Bravo. Each couple brings a unique style -- from traditional to modern, although all of the dances are ripe with drama. Many of them are dark, something that isn’t surprising given Bravo’s take on tango.

“The tango is a feeling that you dance,” Bravo says, “a story you tell in three minutes. It’s passionate. It’s melancholic. It’s tender, violent. You dance it with somebody, but it is so internal, you dance it by yourself. More than just a dance, the tango is music, a drama, a culture, a way of life.”

“Forever Tango” opened on Broadway in 1997 and is coming to Boston off a third Broadway run. The show toured around the globe and has been nominated for multiple awards.

If You Go What: "Forever Tango." Where: The Cutler Majestic Theater, 219 Tremont St., Boston. When: Through Saturday, Nov. 2 How: Tickets are $30 to $95 at the box office, online at cutlermajestic.org, or by calling 617-824-8000.

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