“Canadian Tango” (1991) was a collectively created full-length play that explored how immigration affects the relationship of couples. A variety of stories, based on real experiences of Latin American families are interwoven with Latin American dances such as the tango, bolero, cueca, mapalé, milonga, and used as a metaphor of this relationship. Actors in this play were Ana Maria Naturalli, Ursula Tayler, Francisco Trujillo, Fabricio Santín and Victor Porter. They are originally from Chile, Colombia, El Salvador and Argentina. Written and directed by Lina de Guevara. Soundscape by Patrick Poitier.
“Canadian Tango” toured extensively in BC. It was presented in Vancouver, Victoria, Burnaby, Surrey, Harrison Hot Springs,Trail, Nelson, Kaslo, Kelowna, Penticton and Kamloops. Many of the presentations were accompanied by workshops focused on family violence prevention.
This play tells the stories of Latin American couples and what happens to them when they immigrate into Canada. Immigration is like an earthquake. It shakes everything up, and it’s effects are manifold. But what the many couples we interviewed agreed on, was that it forced them to question everything in their relationship and come to a deeper understanding of their inner selves.