Aurora Orchestra with David & Kim Benitez

Aurora Orchestra with David & Kim Benitez

 Taken at LSO St. Lukes
Programme to include:
PURCELL Dido’s Lament
PIAZOLLA Libertango
CARLOS GARDEL Por una cabeza
JOHN LENNON Jealous Guy
MAHLER (arr Cliff Colnot) Adagio from Symphony No 10
BERNSTEIN (arr Iain Farrington) Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’Nicholas Collon conductor
Sam Swallow voice/piano
David & Kim Benitez dancers
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Love imperiled, love broken, love betrayed – the Aurora Orchestra’s 2011 New Moves series at LSO St Luke’s opens with music and dance inspired by the darker side of desire. Ranging from Mahler’s last anguished symphonic utterance to the crystallised grief of Dido’s Lament, this visceral programme also features jealousy-fuelled tango, songs by John Lennon and Ray Charles, and the world première of a virtuosic new arrangement of the Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story.With guest appearances from singer and pianist Sam Swallow, accordionist Ian Watson, and David and Kim Benitez, two of London’s most fêted tango dancers.
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David & Kim Benitez
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a dynamic, young couple who met in Buenos Aires and set up their tango company, Tango Movement, in London in June 2007.Since then, they have rapidly become recognised as one of the UK’s leading professionals, much requested for their performances and classes around the UK.They have performed for Sadler’s Wells, Lord Norman Foster & the Argentine Embassy, and are regular performers at the historical Waldorf Tango Teas. They recently performed with national treasures Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice, live to 10 million viewers! They have also worked as choreographers for a ballet/tango fusion piece for principal dancers of the Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires.
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 Argentinian born David Benitez moved to Buenos Aires at a young age to study dance. He graduated from Buenos Aires’ number 1 school of ballet and contemporary dance, El Taller de San Martin, whereupon he began working in internationally renowned companies such as the Contemporary San Martin Ballet and Maximiliano Guerra’s Mercosur Ballet.He had his first taste of tango when he performed with tango diva Mora Godoy. After intensive training, he was touring with tango companies such as Tanguera, Ana Maria Steckelman’s Tangokinesis and Miguel Angel Zotto’s world-famous Tango Por Dos Company. He was also privileged to be Osvaldo Zotto’s teaching assistant. Kim Benitez first discovered Argentine tango in London over 10 years ago. Her passion for tango was such that she left her job in the City of London to live in Buenos Aires for four years. There, she immersed herself in the world of tango, studying with the world’s most renowned maestros and dancing in milongas till the early hours of the morning. Her journey of exploration has given her the deepest respect for and an understanding of the culture and traditions which surround the tango, which is evident in both her dancing and her teaching. She has performed in Buenos Aires tango shows such as La Cumparsita, Chiquilin Tango and Tango Real (in the Mansion Dandi). She has taught in the famous Confiteria Ideal and the Mansion Dandi Royal. Their love of tango and for teaching is evident in every class that they give. They are unique in their focus on technique – from both the lady’s and the man’s perspective – and for the individual attention they offer to each and every one of their students.They dance with elegance, precision and a natural chemistry. Their performances are a living demonstration of their passion for dance and for each other.
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