Friday, March 11, 2022, 8 p.m.
D Tango represents the partnership of dancers Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan. The Argentine Tango duo, hailing from Buenos Aires, joined forces after bonding over their shared experience of being raised by artistic families, as both spent their childhoods immersed in music and the unique expressions of Argentina’s culture. While Giovanna grew up behind theatre curtains watching her tango dancer mother and musician father on the stages of the world, Guillermo, son of a classical pianist, learned multiple disciplines at his grandmother’s Academy of Argentine Arts and Culture in Buenos Aires. With tango performance art as a part of their heart and soul, the duo has been showcasing their talents around the world together since 2015, and is currently based in Los Angeles, California.
In addition to promoting and teaching Argentine tango in the United States, Guillermo and Giovanna also create their own productions and perform at global events. Their work has taken them all across the U.S. as well as South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GD Tango most recently completed a show residency at La Casa del Tango in Dubai, and also performed at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Symphony for a nationally broadcast PBS special. The pair has choreographed commercials and TV projects in Los Angeles, and dance frequently on Spanish language television for Telemundo and Univision. Guillermo and Giovanna continue to grow their enterprise and perform their signature project, an independently produced and award-winning show called “Once Upon a Tango.”
Guillermo De Fazio
Guillermo De Fazio of performing sibling duo Los Hermanos Macana, is a world renowned Argentine tango performer, choreographer, and teacher. Born to a musician mother and raised in Buenos Aires, Guillermo and his brother studied tango and other popular dances from an early age. In 1995, Los Hermanos Macana made their tango debut, and by 1998 they had invented the choreography for “Mala Junta,” a project that would lead them to dance in the most prominent theaters and events worldwide. The brothers found success in various artistic ventures, such as the Robert Duvall film “Assassination Tango,” a shared performance with Placido Domingo, and an invitation from famed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov to dance at an art festival. In 2012, Los Hermanos Macana founded their very own entertainment company, Tango Macho. With the original sibling duo on center stage, Tango Macho expanded to feature skilled dancers and tango musicians from Argentina. Tango Macho brought the brothers to Los Angeles, where Guillermo currently resides. Since his professional partnership with Giovanna in 2015, Guillermo has focused on producing and touring with GD Tango.
Giovanna Dan was raised in Los Angeles with Argentine tango flowing through her veins. As the daughter of legendary dancer and Forever Tango star Zita Gonzalez, Giovanna inherited a passion for dance, beginning her formal education at the age of 4. Giovanna stayed close to her cultural roots by dancing Argentine folk, eventually deciding to follow in her mother’s footsteps and pursue tango. With the goal of preserving and promoting Argentine culture, Giovanna took a special interest in Argentine Folk Dancing and became one of the first women to specialize in the boleadoras Gaucho Act. With extensive training in various dance styles,Giovanna expanded her knowledge into the realm of dance theory by earning a Bachelor’s degree in Dance Studies from UCLA. Giovanna has performed globally in various tango and folklore productions with Master Gaucho Productions, Tango Macho, Tango Buenos Aires, and Tango Under the Stars with the LA Philharmonic Symphony. Giovanna’s current work is dedicated to developing projects with GD Tango, performing, and teaching around the world.
Marcos Pereira and Florencia Borgnia
Marcos Pereira and Florencia Borgnia are professional Argentine Tango dancers, performers and instructors from Argentina and currently based in New York City.
Together, they have been working since 2013, and individually they’ve been dedicated to tango since their early age, having the opportunity to learn from most of the well known tango masters and “milongueros” in Buenos Aires.
There, they were part of the main cast of the Café Tortoni tango show, Complejo Tango, and Añoranzas Tango. They have also performed in many Milongas and festivals in Buenos Aires (Salon Canning, Sin Rumbo, Sunderland, Yira Yira , Club Villa Malcolm, Tango Salon Extremo Festival; among others).
Also, they were instructors at the Escuela Argentina de Tango and at the Copes-Valdez Tango Studio.
In 2015, they got the second place in the Buenos Aires City Tango Championship and they’ve been finalists in the World Tango Championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
During the lastest years, they have been travelling all around the USA , Asia and Mexico, teaching and performing at many different Tango Festivals and events, such as Valentango (Portland); Terrapin Tango Festival at the University of Maryland; Denver Tango Festival; Seattle Tango Dream Festival; Champaign Tango Festival; Pittsburgh Tang Festival; Tango Week in Austin, LaLaLand Tango School (Shanghai -China, San Miguel de Allende Tango Festival -Mexico- among others. They are instructors at Vanderbilt University in Nashville (Tennessee). They have also performed with La Juan D’Arienzo Orchestra; The Astoria Tango Orchestra directed by Daniel Binelli ; The Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra ; and Sexteto Milonguero.
Recently, they’ve been part of “Ella es Tango” at the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington DC (June 2021), a Tango Revue widely acclaimed by public and critics.
Tomás Galvan and Gimena Herrera
Tomás and Gimena are two of the most requested artists in today’s Argentine tango. They toured the United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and China, integrating important dance companies; also as tango masters. They performed at the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the “Vail international dance festival” and the “Israel international festival” with the show “Romper el piso” as choreography assistants and dancers.
Creators of the company “Malevaje tango”, which was recognized as the “Revelacion” prize of the Poncho 2009 festival, “Prize for quality and artistic excellence” awarded by the newspaper “El Esquiu”.
Creators, choreographers and protagonists of their production “Tierra y Fuego que Camina”. Toured in Argentina, California and Illinois. Winner of the “Encore award 2019”, selected as one of the best 80 works, out of a total of 450 plays from around the world at the “Hollywood Fringe festival 2019”. In 2021 they made their opera prima “Earth and Fire Walking. A tango love story”, a film of tango dance and physical theater, made entirely in Catamarca- Argentina. Tomas and Gimena were honored with an invitation to Rome to dance at Pope Francis’ birthday celebrations.
They performed with the important symphonies of Dallas, Edmonton, Michigan, Milwaukee, with the show “Tango Caliente”, at the world music festival “Bravo Festival” in Vail Colorado, conducted by Grammy winner Jeff Tyzik.
Tomás is co-author of the book “Arte para la Vida” published in Argentina, by the vocational school of artistic expression of Catamarca.
GD TANGO Guillermo De Fazio and Giovanna Dan
ONCE UPON A TANGO TRAILER
Argentine Tango by GD Tango
Tickets are $45