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Tangos & Huaynos, Music & Dances of Argentina & Peru

Saturday, August 18, 2012
8:00PM to 11:00PM

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Renowned performance arts company, INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble, is proud to announce the world premiere of their exciting new production, "Tangos & Huaynos, Music & Dances of Argentina & Peru" at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday, August 18 at 8:00pm. "Tangos & Huaynos" promises to be an unforgettable evening in celebration of the critically-acclaimed group's 30th Anniversary of taking audiences' breath away with their dazzling performances. The highly-anticipated show will explore the artistic and cultural expressions of two South American countries, Peru and Argentina, by pairing the vibrant music and dance traditions from the natives (Incas) and the Hispanic Criollos in Peru with the fire and passion of the Argentinean tango. Audiences will undoubtedly be moved by uplifting musical performances, colorful costuming, and stunning choreography.

INCA will showcase the beauty of two new choreographies of the traditional folk dances of Cusco, Imilla-Muniri de Moquegua and Carnaval de Umapata, plus other Peruvian classics. The group will share with those in attendance the moving rhythms and haunting melodies found in the rich folkloric traditions of the mountain and coastal regions of Peru. Special guests and co-presenters, Afrotango Ensemble, directed by virtuoso drummer Juan Pedro Estanga, will push the limits of tango with their unique fusion of traditional Argentinean music with jazz and other Latin rhythms. The ensemble will share their contemporary interpretations of compositions by Astor Piazzolla and other Argentinean tango composers. Featured vocalist, Laura Valle will bring her sensuality to the night, while Ara Tokatlian from the legendary Argentine rock band, Arco Iris, is also set to add his flavor on sax and flutes. To kick it up a notch, the Buenos Aires Tango Dance Group, led by Jorge Visconti, will add more excitement to an already spectacular program with their signature awe-inspiring choreographies.

For more information on INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble, please visit http://www.wheatmedia.com/inca/

Be sure to visit the Ford Amphitheatre on August 18, 2012 to experience "Tangos & Huaynos" for yourself. For more information and tickets, please visit http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/372.

Ticket prices are $32-$40 for adults; full-time students with ID pay $ 25 and children 12 and under $ 12, group discounts available. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1- FORD).

INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble was founded in 1981 in Los Angeles, for the purpose of researching, preserving and presenting Peru's rich multi-cultural heritage of ethnic and folkloric music, songs, dance and traditions. INCA performs music and dances from the Andean region (Inca heritage), from the central and northern coasts (Criollo, Hispanic heritage), from the southern coast (Afro-Peruvian, Black heritage), and from the Peruvian Amazon jungle (jungle natives heritage). Since its onset, "INCA" has gained steadily in artistic excellence and in reputation as one of the west coast's leading ethnic performing companies. Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl, the Redlands Bowl, The Fresno Civic Auditorium, Zion National Park, El Paso's El Chamizal Ampitheatre, Santa Fe's Greer Garson Theater, Albuquerque's S.B.C.C., Colorado State University, Colorado College, etc., are true indicators that the company has a feisty following throughout California and the western states. "INCA" has also received support from the Cultural Affairs Department of the city of Los Angeles, the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Community Foundation, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National/State/County Partnership, the L.A. County Arts Commission, and various businesses, corporations and individuals in the southern California area.

With the aid of these grants, INCA has produced several recordings that contain a cross section of the company's repertoire. These recordings help the group to preserve some of this ethnic material, which in many cases would be lost otherwise. In December of 1997 INCA released its CD, "Danzante". It is being sold at various record stores in the Los Angeles area, New York Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, etc. In June 2003, INCA released it's newest CD, "Que Siga la Farra", available at Amoeba Music, the L.A. Natural History Museum and other stores.

INCA is distinguished among South American ethnic groups because the musicians not only perform music from the mountains of the Andean region, but also from the coast (Hispanic influenced valses, polkas, and Afro-Peruvian rhythms), and from the selva or Peruvian Amazon jungle.

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink.

The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2012 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.FordTheatres.org.

Sponsored by: INCA, the Peruvian Ensemble
Category Dance
When Saturday, August 18, 2012
8:00PM to 11:00PM
Where Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Admission Ages: All Ages
Price: $32-$40 for adults
Discount: Students with ID pay $ 25 and children 12 and under $ 12
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Contact (323) 461-3673
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