Set in the seductive twilight of an Argentinean evening, Todo Buenos Aires puts the tango on pointe, with its sultry heat and rhythmic beat.
Danced against lush black and purple drapery, the five dances that comprise this work offers different interpretations of tango. The original production of the ballet, which premiered on May 3, 2000, was set to two Piazzolla tangos, La Mufa and Todo Buenos Aires, which had been orchestrated by composer John Adams. For the expanded and re-choreographed version of the ballet that premiered January 8, 2005, featuring guest artist Julio Bocca, NYCB Orchestra member Ron Wasserman arranged five Piazzolla tangos, including La Mufa and Todo Buenos Aires, for chamber orchestra.
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) was born in Argentina and moved to New York as a child. It was in the city that he learned the bandoneon (an instrument similar to the accordion). He studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, who encouraged him to develop his own native music. As founder of the Quinteto Tango Nuevo, Piazzolla incorporated classical and jazz elements into an avant-garde tango style. He was an innovative instrumentalist and arranger who also composed for opera, theater and film. Piazzolla successfully brought the bandoneon and tango music from Buenos Aires dancehalls and nightclubs to the international concert stage.