The Romano Viazzani Ensemble – London Tango (Ballet) Press Release

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The Romano Viazzani Ensemble announce new dance project research for future film for London Tango (ballet)

Acclaimed classical, jazz and Latin American music Ensemble announce a new dance collaboration in London Tango (Ballet), a captivating narrative dance work for the 21st century city.

What happens when a partnership becomes a love triangle, then a complex web of friendship and more – and the action all plays out on the dance floor? Welcome to the Midnight Milonga, where Londoners are drawn to reinvent the Argentine heart and passion of Tango with a uniquely local spirit.

London Tango is an intoxicating new tango-ballet inspired by the music of The Romano Viazzani Ensemble and composed by internationally renowned musician Romano Viazzani, under the artistic guidance of Kate Flatt OBE (Les Misérables, Opera North). The Romano Viazzani Ensemble are proud to announce that rehearsal will begin in Winter 2023 to bring the world of London Tango to life in new ways, including a live performance and short film. Choreographed by Amir Giles (Mr Selfridge) and directed on film by Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Internal Affairs), the project will also feature powerhouse performances from Mina Ojeda, Giraldo Diomar of the Corrientes Social Club and Dance School alongside Lesta Woo and Touchdown Dance.

London Tango puts the rich social and underground tradition of Tango under the spotlight. This is the first dance project being developed by The Romano Viazzani Ensemble, creating a new way for audiences to experience the flair and atmosphere created by these acclaimed and virtuoso live performers. By also bringing together professional and community dancers, this performance celebrates the beauty, intensity and diversity of Tango in the 21st century city.

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This project is funded by Arts Council England and produced by Moving Art Management.

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Romano Viazzani: Romano Viazzani is an accordionist and composer. He started his professional career as the bandleader of L’Orchestra Rara and The High Society Dance Orchestra for which he wrote and arranged music. The opportunity to write soundtracks for documentaries broadcast on BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery Channel led him to experiment in writing for instruments outside of the dance orchestra and in 2001 he wrote and premiered his accordion concerto Valceno- Concerto for Accordion and Orchestra, which he premiered with the BBC Concert Orchestra and was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Soon after he joined the jazz septet Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble with whom he recorded two albums, the first of which Exile, received the BBC Jazz award for best album of 2003 and the second, Musik – Rearranging the 20th Century was nominated for 2005 with a further nomination for best band in 2004.

Numerous appearances in theatre too both in the pit and on stage including The Accordionist (The Bike Shed Theatre, Poole Lighthouse, New End Theatre), for which he wrote the score, Songs form a Hotel Bedroom (New Wolsey theatre, Watford Palace Theatre, Covent Garden Opera House -Linbury Theatre) and She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory). He has made numerous TV appearances all over the world including BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, accompanying Sir Bryn Terfel and has recorded with many artists including Phil Manzanera, Frances Ruffelle, Joanna Strand and Michela Musco and has performed with Grace Jones and Silvia Olari. In the classical world Romano Viazzani has performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RLPO 10-10 Ensemble and The London Concertante.


The Romano Viazziani Ensemble (TRVE): The Romano Viazzani Ensemble brings together seven outstanding musicians from the worlds of classical, jazz and Latin-American music to play and create tango and tango-inspired music.

Based on the line up of Astor Piazzolla’s famous quintet they recreate music that ranges from Piazzolla’s own works to classic Argentine and European tango. They also arrange music in the style of tango and write their own original tango-inspired music with a twist of swinging, multi-cultural London.

The London-based ensemble officially started in 2009 and have played in the UK and Italy and after a gap of a few years when Romano Viazzani was involved in other projects, were brought together for an event in 2017 which led to their official relaunch in March 2018.

The Romano Viazzani Ensemble are:

Violin – Barbara Dziewiecka-Data
Mezzo Soprano – Jacqui Tate
Soprano – Joanna Strand
Piano – John Bailey
Guitar – Jonathan Preiss
Double Bass – Nick Pini
Accordion/Bandoneon – Romano Viazzani

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