Father & Daughter Duo Perform “Twelve Months of Tango”

Father and daughter duo, Veniamin and Alika Smekhov. Source: ShorefrontY.org

As part of its fourth Annual Summer Nights Festival 2011, the Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, will be presenting “Twelve Months of Tango,” a poetry-musical performance featuring the renown father and daughter duo, Veniamin and Alika Smekhov, and the Tango Orchestra, July 10 at 6 p.m.

Veniamin Smekhov, an actor, director, and writer, famed for his work with the Moscow Taganka Theater, starred in the role of Athos in the Russian version of “The Three Musketeers” (1978) and subsequent sequels (1992, 1993). His daughter, Alika, is a Russian actress, singer and television TV hostess.

According to the YM-YWHA’s website (where you can also watch videos of the duo performing):

Veniamin Smekhov wrote new lyrics to the famous Polish Tango 1930 and connected it with the poetry of the Silver Age, resulting in a rich program combining the drama of tango music with the energy of the verse, debuted by the father and daughter duo. The contemporary video art creates a parallel story to the old texts and melodies. Each season is presented in its own color and an actress wears vintage dresses from the 1930s-50s, creating a sense of nostalgia in this magnificent performance.

Tickets, which can be purchased on the Y’s website, are $30 for non-members, $27 for members, seniors and students. The $35 tickets for the first three rows have all been sold out (Wow, they must be really popular!) For more, contact YM-YWHA Cultural and Arts Director Irina Volkovich at (718) 646-1444 extension 326, email volkovi@shorefronty.org or go to www.shorefronty.org/arts.


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