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article imageLuis Bravo: An artist defines music, dance, drama, and culture Special

By W. Mark Dendy     Jan 4, 2014 in Entertainment
Folsom - Luis Bravo is a world class artist.
He uses movement - the dance - and music to paint his picture, to tell his story in "Forever Tango."
Bravo created and directs "Forever Tango," and the show is so well put together, it literally runs (or dances) on its own, allowing Bravo to play cello, an integral role in his 11-piece orchestra.
The Tango is a dance that originated in Buenos Aires, long before Bravo, as a young Argentine boy, moved from a rural province of Argentina to Buenos Aires where he studied music.
I caught up with Mr. Bravo backstage after the opening of "Forever Tango" at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom, CA on Jan. 3rd to ask about his inspiration.
Mr. Bravo welcomed me into the dressing room, where we each took a seat. His long gray ponytail was wavy and a few drops of perspiration lingered on his brow; the man had just played cello for two hours under the hot stage lights.
I asked him how such a beautiful piece of art materialized - from where did his inspiration come. Mr. Bravo who has extensively trained and played as a classical cellist said, "There was something I didn't like about being a classical cellist - the fierce competition."
He paused and the look in his eyes told me there was something else that was bigger. My instinct was confirmed as he continued.
"I needed to do something with my music, my art. Something more, something for my country, my culture," he said, and that is how and when the idea for his production "Forever Tango" came about.
He told me the show premiered in Los Angeles in 1994 and then moved to San Francisco where it was set for a five week run. The show was so popular, it continued in San Francisco for two years with eight performances weekly.
The success of the show can be attributed to Mr. Bravo's enthusiasm and creative genius. He told me that even though he did not compose the music, he said, "I do the music arrangements, the choreography, and the lighting.
Mr. Bravo is true to his work - his art. Even after a draining two-hour performance, he was excited to talk about his creation.
According to Mr. Bravo, Tango is more than just a dance. "Tango is a feeling that you dance." And it is "a music, a drama, a culture, a way of life."
Tango is at the heart and soul of Luis Bravo's creativity. And to that I say, bravo, Mr. Bravo!
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