The Northern provinces of Argentina make the cradle of the country’s folk music and dance. Mercedes Sosa from the Tucuman province is likely to be the most well-known representative of Argentinian folk music of all time, and one of the most significant voices on the Latin American continent.
But if Tucuman has Mercedes, Santiago del Estero has the rest. “Los Santiagueños” live for dance and music, especially the genres of chacarera and zamba, audible through car windows and in sleepy cafés at all times.
In Santiago, traditions are kept alive. One of their main conveyors is Juan Saavedra, an ingenious dancer and one of Argentina’s main ambassadors of folk dance. In his seventies, Saavedra still has the agility and stamina of an old man. He made a name for himself when Northern Argentinian folk music gained national popularity in the 1970s, dancing for legendary musicians Peteco Carabajal and Jacinto Piedra and joining the famous dance company Cirque de Soleil at their very first performance in 1984.
In Argentinian folk music, dancing is just as important as music. Juan Saavedra distinguished himself as a charismatic, vigorous and extremely precise dancer. With his company and his disciples of dance he has been living and breathing dance for several decades. Together with his wife and partner Sandra Farais, he has travelled the world and astonished audiences from Buenos Aires via New York to Paris and Baghdad.
This is their first ever visit to Norway, and it’s certainly about time. When performing at Oslo World, they are not only bringing along a troupe of Santiagueños, but also female drummers beating the traditionally male-dominated drum called bombos legüero.
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In collaborations with Ministerio de la Cultura de la Nacion Argentina, Embassy of Argentina and PR Producciones.
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