Nicole Nau’s path to becoming one of the most well-known and influential tango dancers in the world is extraordinary. Born in 1963 in Düsseldorf, she was working for leading agencies following her studies in graphic design when she saw the “Tango Argentino” show on stage in 1988. Fascinated, she travelled to Argentina and ended up losing her heart to tango. After training as a professional dancer it was not long before she established herself as a prominent figure in the Argentinean and international tango scene. Initially viewed with criticism as a foreigner, ten years later she was honoured by the former president as the “greatest dancer of tango”, and the Argentinean postal service even dedicated two stamps to her as a representative of Argentinean tango. She relates her adventurous story of life and love with tango and with her husband Luis Pereyra in her successful book “Tanze Tango mit dem Leben” [Dance Tango With Your Life], published in 2013 by Bastei Lübbe. As a designer and costume designer, Nicole Nau is also responsible for the gorgeous dresses and all of the equipment for the shows.
Luis Pereyra was born in 1965 in Santiago del Estero. At the age of five he was already dancing in folk groups; at ten he was a member of Ballet Argentino. After studies in choreography and comprehensive training in dance in Buenos Aires he worked as a dancer and choreographer in major, globally successful tango productions – including Forever Tango, Tango Pasiòn and, from 1987-2000, the musical Tango Argentino, for which he received the Tony Award for Best Choreography in 2001. For Luis Pereyra, music is the primal power of all dance. He therefore carefully selects strong compositions of original Argentinean music for the shows and stresses the use of authentic instruments such as the bandonéon, cajas and the large bombo drums. Luis Pereyra is not only a talented tango dancer and the king of Argentinean tap; he’s also a passionate musician and a true master of the boleadoras.
Luis Pereyra gave a lesson to Lady Diana and Prince Charles in Buckingham Palace and danced for Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Marty Cosens in the US.