Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui —— m¡longa

Watch video clip

Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has fascinated and captivated the world with its sexuality, power, beauty and mystique. 

Internationally renowned for his groundbreaking and critically revered productions with artists like Antony Gormley and María Pagés, and for his award-winning works such as Sutra and Babel(words), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui collaborates with an incredibly talented cast of ten tango dancers from Buenos Aires, two contemporary dancers and a tango band of five musicians.

"What attracts me most about tango is the eternal embrace of the dancers. When a tango couple dances, we sense the hypnotic dialogue between two bodies connecting intuitively, merging into one. If there is such a thing as my style of dance, it is rooted in touch, in physical contact and that is inherent in tango" Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Taking the idea of a milonga as its starting point, those social dance-evenings held in intimate late night bars in Buenos Aires, Cherkaoui applies his unique choreographic approach to the art of tango. Incorporating Eugenio Szwarcer's stunning projections, m¡longa features new music from Argentinian composer Fernando Marzan, Cherkaoui's long-term collaborator Szymon Brzóska and additional music by Olga Wojciechowska. This new work offers an exciting opportunity to explore this traditional dance from another cultural perspective. 

★★★★ "One of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's most touching and entertaining shows"
★★★★ "m¡longa is a very beautiful show indeed. Mating rituals can never have looked more artfully sexy, nor, in the show as a whole, can tango ever been given a fonder or more imaginative make over. What a treat"
★★★★ "m¡longa casts a magic spell. Cloaked in intimacy, dappled with melancholy, Cherkaoui's m¡longa makes you feel as if you've stumbled into a fantasy dance hall, and you're the luckiest wallflower in town"

Co-produced with Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne; Migros Culture Percentage Dance Festival Steps; Théâtre du Jorat, Mézières; deSingel international arts campus, Antwerp; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg; Les Nuits de Fourvière/Département du Rhône; Movimentos Festwochen der Autostadt in Wolfsburg; Festspielhaus St Pölten; Fondazione Musica per Roma; Eastman.

The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commissions at Sadler's Wells. This production is also supported by the Edwin Fox Foundation in memory of Michele Fox.

Coronavirus update: Sadler's Wells welcomes socially distanced audiences from 17 May, in line with the UK Government roadmap. Read more