Tres Tristes Tangos

Compagnia Finzi Pasca

production: Compagnia Finzi Pasca with the support of: Commissione Culturale del Cantone Ticino, Pro Helvetia (LOGO), members and supporters of the Associazione Teatro Sunil

Is it possible to interpret all the nostalgia that is contained in the tango? Is it really possible to understand the tango if you weren’t born on the banks of the River Plate? Can you dance the tango if your shoes don’t shine? Three actors with quite different roots, a Swiss, an Italian and a Uruguayan, fascinated by the theatrical potential of its rhythm, try to express the evocative power of its words and the passion which almost borders on the ridiculous.
Tres Tristes Tangos is a theatre performance with the accent on the dance. Real controversy, clown dances and discussions about “why so much sadness?” melt into a dream world. The boundaries of the performance extend to the public, who are invited to cross the subtle frontier where tragedy provokes a smile and where they are emotionally moved by silly things. The tango, “un pensiamento triste que se baila” (“a sad thought which is danced” as Discepolo said) accompanies them like an extra actor and they pay homage to it with a smile, homage directed not so much towards the dance or the song, but to a particular state of the soul.

Newspaper reviews of Three Tearful Tangos: A début with a bang for the Teatro Sunil, with the auditorium full and the public satisfied. A sequence of pictures, sometimes aerial, sometimes contortionist and magic, singular expressions and collective empathy, all the elements which go towards composing a thread of non-verbal narrative. Maria Bonzanigo, Hugo Gargiulo and Antonio Vergamini sing Three Tearful Tangos in unison, even if with specific roles, moving on a common platform of dance, comedy and interpretation. In this way they find a harmonious completeness in the tango, and make poetry with steps, emotions and laughs. Then the transformation to theatre in theatre begins: they prepare their show, and they address the audience which will be, then which is, weaving it into an entertaining game and a convincing finale. Francesca Giorzi, Swiss Television – October 2003

Much applause for the début of the Sunil at the Studio Foce. A sad and joyful tango which three can dance. The new show, with which the Teatro Sunil celebrates twenty years of activity, presents a triptych of dance, mime, some trace of words, clowning, irony, poetry, emotion and comedy. Maria Bonzanigo, Hugo Gargiulo and Antonio Vergamini, to the accompaniment of music of great tradition, from the most popular to the most refined, take us skillfully on a journey which has all the ingredients of success. Through their dance-steps, they interpret the moments of dissonance, jealousy and lies, arguments and passion, life, tenderness and aggression, and gracefully transmit the idea of this thought-dance. Manuela Camponovo, Giornale del Popolo, 17 October 2003 – Lugano, Switzerland.

A sad thought which is danced. The introduction is suggestive, and almost reminds one of a surrealistic stroll. Suitcases appear, shoes too and the characters take shape. Two of them are completely devoted to the philosophy of the dance which evokes sadness, abandonment, memories, and stories of life, of passions lost, of love and of death. The third adores life, is positive and prefers to minimize, teases, plays with a skeleton and roars with laughter whenever the opportunity presents itself. But they also begin to dance. The music and the movements are carefully planned and every fault is calculated to complete the choreographic design. The three actors use the scenic space with mastery and confidence, the dialogues are effective and Vergamini’s comic talents come through well. Giorgio Thoeni, Corriere del Ticino, 18 October 2003 – Lugano, Switzerland.

For the Teatro Sunil, Maria Bonzanigo, accompanied by Hugo Gargiulo and Antonio Vergamini, offers a real and personal eulogy of the Tango, imbued with passion and irony in Tres Tristes Tangos, a curious, but at the same time fascinating and entertaining performance of theatre-dance. Mario Bianchi, www.eolo-ragazzi .it – 18 May 2005

By and with: Maria Bonzanigo, Hugo Gargiulo and Antonio Vergamini
Direction: Hugo Gargiulo
Choreography and music: Maria Bonzanigo
Text: Antonio Vergamini
to the tangos of:
Barbieri, Exposito, La Pera, Paulos, Piazzolla, Rodríguez, Romero, Schifrin, Stazo, Troilo
original soundtrack by:
trumpet: Patrick Berger
violin: Chun He Gao
cello: Beat Helfenberger
double bass: Anton Uhle
viola: Ivan Vukcevic
recording : Studio La Scíma
mixing : Rino Rossi
special effects design: Gazú
special effects production: Arkimede
with the help of: Francesca Oppizzi, Piera Oppizzi, Ttai Morra, Lorena Paola Viñoli