The Electric Lodge in Venice will host the performance of Sueno Azul (Tango Blue), a special tango showcase by The Makela Tango Performance Team and students sponsored by the Argentine Consulate of Los Angeles, at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.
The event features special tango dance performances by Makela Brizuela, creator of Urban Tango and choreographer/main dancer of Cabaret Tango, as well as Marcelo Molina, U.S. Tango champion in 2011.
Brizuela is considered one of the most respected teachers and choreographers in the Los Angeles tango community today, said show organizers. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she trained for 10 years in modern dance and ballet and received her “ballet and modern dance superior teacher” degree from the National School of Ballet of Argentina.
Since 1995 she has taught, performed, and choreographed tango around Argentina, Mexico and the U.S. Brizuela, who has performed in prestigious venues such as the Redcat and The Ford Amphitheater, was the creator, producer and director of the show “Tango Cabaret” at the Museum of Latin American Art and the critically acclaimed Urban Tango.
In addition to performances, Brizuela provides group and private tango instruction, and hosts some of Los Angeles’ most popular weekly practice sessions.
“Every day we are presented with the choice to lead an ‘ordinary life or take a step into the unknown, beyond anything we had experienced or believed was possible. In this story, tango leads a regular man and woman out of their ordinary lives to a world of passion and intimacy, and new friendships. Tango transforms their body and soul,” said Brizuela.
Tickets are $25 per person, or $30 at the door, and limited due to seating capacity. To purchase online, http://tangoblue.brownpapertickets.com.
The Electric Lodge is at 1416 Electric Ave., Venice. Information, (310) 306-1854, or http://electriclodge.org.