One of Argentina’s greatest cultural exports, the captivating dance of the tango, officially opens the Moss Arts Center’s newest performance season. Known throughout the world for the most authentic performance of the dance, Tango Buenos Aires performs “The Spirit of Argentina” on Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

The alluring and distinctive movement of the tango mesmerizes audiences with its grace and playfulness.  Tango Buenos Aires’ 2017 tour features an orchestra and dancers celebrating Carlos Gardel, known as the king of the tango.

A French-Argentine singer, songwriter, composer, and actor, Gardel is recognized as one of the most prominent figures in the history of tango. His baritone voice and dramatic phrasing of his lyrics made miniature masterpieces of his hundreds of three-minute tango recordings. Gardel died in an airplane crash at the height of his career, becoming an archetypal tragic hero mourned throughout Latin America. The program features a rich array of tango classics by numerous composers, from Gardel to Astor Piazzolla.

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This performance by Tango Buenos Aires is supported in part by a gift from Constance C. Cedras.

Immediately following the performance, the Moss Arts Center will host “Tango in the Cube.” Led by instructors from Sapphire Ballroom and Dance Center, participants will learn to tango and have the opportunity to dance the night away. No experience is necessary. The event is free, but admission is first-come, first-served. To guarantee your spot, register online.


Tickets for the performance are $25-55 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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