Coachella Valley Repertory’s Theatre Thursdays presents “An Evening with Tomas and Gimena, A Life Shared in Tango!” On Thursday, July 30th at 6 pm, Tomas Galvan and Gimena Herrera will share their life in tango and showcase their beautiful dance.
Both from Catamarca in the northwest of Argentine, Galvan and Herrera are two of the most requested artists in today’s Argentine tango. They are creators, choreographers and stars of their production “Tierra y Fuego Que Camina (Earth and Fire that Walks),” with the title inspired by Atahualpa Yupanqui, an Argentine poet and artist. The couple performed the show “Romper El Piso” at the world-famous “Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival,” the “Vail International Dance Festival” and “Israel International Festival.”
The passion and performing brilliance were evident when the duo appeared in theaters in the United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and China, receiving excellent reviews where they went. They performed with the important symphonies of Dallas, Edmonton, Michigan, Milwaukee, with the show “Tango Caliente” conducted by the Grammy winner Jeff Tyzik. Galvan and Herrera were sub champions of the Buenos Aires tango dance metropolitan championship in 2009, where more than 200 dancing couples competed, and were honored with an invitation to Rome to dance at the Pope Francis’ birthday party.
The night they met more than 15 years ago began Galvan’s and Herrera’s history with the art of tango. They define their art as an interpretation of the moment where their lives became “pure movement, energetic, wild, dreamlike; visceral never tepid.” They are committed to what they want and need. When they tango, they enter a world that takes them to “the abyss of wonder” and of their emotions, to a place that reflects where they began.
Artistic Director Ron Celona has had a long standing friendship with Tomas and Gamina. When he discussed CVRep’s Theatre Thursdays presentation, Tomas and Gamina generously offered to share their dance brilliance with CVRep patrons.
Information on upcoming presentations can be found on the website, and registration links are included. To register for any of these events, please visit www.cvrep.org.
To continue CVRep’s mission of providing educational, entertaining and thought-provoking presentations, CVRep is offering Theatre Thursdays, a weekly, virtual entertaining and learning opportunity. All presentations are offered via Zoom to observe social distancing guidelines.
Coachella Valley Repertory (CVRep) is an equity theater company, designated a Small Professional Theatre under the Actors’ Equity Association. CVRep is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide thought provoking theatre of substance.
PERFORMER BIO: TOMAS GALVAN & GIMENA HERRERA
Tomas and Gimena are two of the most requested artists in today’s Argentine tango. They toured United States, Italy, United Kingdom, Russia, Spain, Israel, Greece, Turkey, Mexico and China, integrating important dance companies from Argentina and the United States; also as masters of tango dance. They performed at the world famous Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, at the “Vail international dance festival” and “Israel international festival” with the show “Romper el piso” as choreography assistants and dancers. They created diverse choreographies, for dance groups and artistic education institutions of Argentina.
Tomas and Gimena were honored with an invitation to Rome to dance at the Pope Francis’ birthday party. They were sub champions of the Buenos Aires tango dance metropolitan championship 2009, where more than 200 dancing couples competed. They were finalists in the tango dance world championship. They have appeared in theaters around the world, receiving excellent reviews where they went.
They performed with the important symphonies of Dallas, Edmonton, Michigan, Milwaukee, with the show “Tango Caliente” conducted by the Grammy winner Jeff Tyzik.
Tomas is co-author of the book “Arte para la vida” published in Argentina, by the vocational school of artistic expression of Catamarca.
They are creators, choreographers and stars of their production “Tierra y fuego que camina”. The title of this dance theater show is inspired by Atahualpa Yupanqui, an Argentine poet and artist. Earth and fire is the landscape of the world and the human heart where the essence of tango is always found. The show traces the experiences of two people celebrating life in each movement, in each melody both human and divine, two pilgrims in search of dreams, pilgrims of a road that never ends. Their tango brings the action of the big city and nature, as pure and elemental as Earth and Fire.