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Memories, nostalgia and tango

Rosario Bauza feels like crying every time she sees the Argentine flag onstage during "Song of Eva Perón," a dance show by her Argentina-based company Tango Buenos Aires.

As owner and general director, Bauza has watched the show hundreds of times, seated with the audience and standing backstage. Still, when Perón becomes the first lady of Argentina in the play, Bauza can't help herself. She currently lives in Los Angeles and misses her home country.

"I love that. Every time," Bauza says. "It's memories. It's nostalgic when you see the flag and everything onstage."

The dance show plays on March 24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. It uses tango to tell the lifestory of Perón, who's famous for fighting for women's rights and for trying to improve the lives of the poor.

The show, however, doesn't go deep into her politics. Instead, it tells the story of Perón as an actress, a lover of the arts and a woman.

"It's an homage to the first lady," Bauza says. "The sense for the show is the tango, with the relationship to Eva Perón."

Different ballerinas play the role of the first lady at different times. The show starts when Perón dies ofterminal cancer in 1952, at the age 33, then flashes back to her life.

"She had a very good relationship with tango and the Argentine folklore," Bauza says. "She loved tango."

The tango evolves through the show. Some segments feature a style from the 1930s and 1940s, which focused on feet movement. Other parts of the show mix tango with acrobatics, such as throws and flips, a style common nowadays.

But Bauza says what creates good tango is the connection and feelings between the dancers.

"It's very sensual and passionate," she says. "That's why I love it."

Tango Buenos Aires perform at 8 p.m. March 24 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $35-$75. Call 954-462-0222 or visit BrowardCenter.org.

bduarte@sunsentinel.com@babicorb or 954-356-4710

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