An American Tango, written by Guy Veloz and directed by William Soleau, opens State Street Ballet’s 2016-17 season at the Granada Theatre on Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. A one night only special performance, this multi-media production, with music by Waller, Gershwin, Ellington and more, features ballroom dancers Frank and Yolanda Veloz, and honors the Jazz Age as its backdrop.
This multi-media dance/theatre production premiered to great acclaim at the Lobero in 2012, and Santa Monica’s Broad Stage in 2013. The original, full-length production, based on a screenplay by Guy Veloz, has been hailed as “an entertaining theatrical tour-de-force” (Montecito Journal) and “a heartfelt and visually appealing production for the stage by one of America’s vibrant, chamber ballet companies” (seedance.com)
The Jazz Age is the backdrop for this magical journey from the clubs and hotels in Havana and Miami to Beverly Hills, Hollywood movies, and the cover of LIFE magazine. The intense passion between Veloz and Yolanda evokes shades of West Side Story, with its Romeo-and-Juliet-esque true, and yet bittersweet, tale of love and loss. But what makes An American Tango a unique live-performance experience is its multi-faceted approach in dramatically portraying Veloz and Yolanda’s legacy. Choreographer and director William Soleau uses an on-stage narrator to tell the story and deliver commentary, set against multimedia designs, special effects, and period staging and costuming.
With a cast of colorful characters—including Dutch Schultz, Walter Winchell, the Shubert Brothers and Florenz Ziegfeld—and big dance numbers ranging from the Castle Walk and Charleston to the Tango, An American Tango remains one of State Street Ballet’s most theatrical and innovative productions.
Tickets may be purchased online at granadasb.org, or through The Granada box office: 805/899-2222. The Granada Theatre is located at 1214 State St.