A trip to the seamy side with style, Piazzolla’s tango operita Maria de Buenos Aires
Astor Piazzolla’s tango operita made its appearance at the Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola Theatre (31 August 2016) in a collaboration between Operaview (artistic director Natalie Katsou) and the Deco Ensemble, a tango quintet directed byRicardo Gosalbo. Natalie Katsou directed, with choreography by Bianca Vrcan, sets by Jemima Robinson, costumes by Kate Royds, and lighting by Rob Youngson. The cast included Catarina Sereno as Maria de Buenos Aires, Ian Helm in the baritone roles, Matthew Wade as Duende, Meliz Taylor as little Maria and the dancers Bianca Vrcan and Sacha El Masry. Ricardo Gosalbo directed the Deco Ensemble from the piano with Lucia Veintimilla (violin), Elena Marigomez (double bass),Bartosz Glowacki (accordion) and Rob Luft (electric guitar).