Urbantango is a multi-genre show that combines monologue, tango and live music. The dancing is shared by actress Nuria Brucart, and one of the world’s leading tango dancers, the argentine Claudio Hoffmann, who also directs and choreographs, together with Pilar Alvarez of the dance company Tangometropolis. The music is provided by Gustavo Battaglia, guitar, and Marcelo Mercadante, large concertina, currently considered to be the best tango performers and composers in Barcelona. Mercadante has created a vibrant and poetic sound for Urbantango, which brings together arrangements of the great tango classics and his own original compositions. The great ‘cantaora’ Ginesa Ortega joins the musicians to function as a chorus, telling the heroine of the show everything that she is afraid to say out loud for herself.
A woman finds herself going through a severe personal crisis, alone, in the teeming and anonymous city of Barcelona, which is foreign to her. She tries to keep going, following, and fettered by, patterns of belief and conduct which are deeply ingrained, in both her person and the society around her. Classic texts of Greek tragedy enable her to express an anguish which is not only hers, but that of countless women through time immemorial. Through tango she learns to demolish the constraining fetters of her past and find her own feminine essence, her inner goddess.