Magical Music and Dance

Magical Music and Dance

QuinTango comes to JCC in Fairfax on Jan. 10.

QuinTango, chamber tango quintet, performs at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax Jan. 10.

QuinTango, chamber tango quintet, performs at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax Jan. 10. Photo courtesy of QuinTango

Where and When

Where: QuinTango at the JCC of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax.

When: Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $29 non-members JCCNV, $24 JCCNV members and seniors. $19 for those under 30.

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Tango. The word conjures earthy dance and sizzling music. "Tango dance best exhibits this: two people create a dance so seamlessly, so beautifully it takes your breath away," said Joan Singer, founder of Northern Virginia's QuinTango. "Tango endures because it is real... it’s intense, it’s intimate, it’s courageous."

Soon you will be able to see the allure and emotions of the tango for yourself as the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia ( JCCNV) is bringing QuinTango to local audiences. It is to be a lively evening of music, spirited dancing by two Argentine dancers, and stories behind how immigrants brought the tango to the public's attention first in Argentina; then the world.

The QuinTango musical troupe includes two violins, cello, bass and piano playing the rich, sultry sounds of the classic tango orchestra's repertoire.

QuinTango has performed at the White House and Lincoln Center. The group has worked with the Washington Performing Arts Society's educational programs and is part of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Performing Arts program. The group has also received a WAMMIE music award from the Washington Area Music Association.

The troupe wants to create a dialogue with the audience. "We promise to give you our all - and in return we rely on your feedback, your sighs, your applause, your rapt attention," said Singer. "Together we can create a few hours of musical intimacy which will sustain us both long after the concert is over.

"We are creating something new every performance. Part of creativity is vulnerability - and in seeing it, in allowing it, the audience becomes part of the intimacy," added Singer. "We want people to understand what tango is – and to fall in love with it."

For some tango cultural references; Al Pacino won the 1992 Oscar dancing the tango in "Scent of a Woman." There was also Broadway's 1976 Tony Award winning "Chicago" with its musical number "Cell Block Tango" later performed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Academy Award winning 2002 movie "Chicago."

"I think the audience will come away with an appreciation of the history of Tango." This includes "the ways Eastern European immigrants and the tango benefited each other," said Dan Kirsch, JCCNV cultural affairs director.

"Tango is exciting, it’s engaging, it’s often on the edge," noted Singer. Don't resist it.