Carlos Rivarola

Real name: Rivarola, Carlos
Dancer and coreographer
(22 February 1952 - )
Place of birth:
Silvina Damiani

aría and Carlos Rivarola are one of the most outstanding dancing teams of Tango Danza. They are the artificers of a distinguished, genuine dancing style. They possess the essence of Tango Salón and launch it onstage through polished choreographies.

Carlos and María, both with a solid training in other dances, appeared in the milieu in the mid-70s. In 1975 they were part of a show organized by Nélida y Nelson that made tours of Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, besides appearing as one of the staff dancing couples of the TV program La Botica del Tango, emceed by Eduardo Bergara Leumann.

In 1983 they were members of the cast that in Paris premiered the successful show Tango Argentino, by Claudio Segovia and Héctor Orezzoli, driving the worldwide renaissance of tango-dance.

It is worthwhile mentioning that Carlos and María Rivarola have established a special connection with Japan. They began to travel to that country in 1984. Their relationship with the Japanese country is so close that, in 1986, Carlos Rivarola created and directed the first tango show entirely consisting of Japanese dancers, musicians and singers. Likewise, in 1996 Carlos and María directed the show Los Grandes del Tango Argentino, especially staged for the East, which included other dancing figures like Juan Carlos Copes, María Nieves, Nélida y Nelson, Mayoral y Elsa María, Carlos and Inés Bórquez and the Orquesta Color Tango. In that country they founded and support several clubs and tango academies in Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya and Osaka.

Furthermore, Carlos was the first dancer together with Eleonora Cassano in the Tangokinesis company, directed by Ana María Stekelman in 1998 and, in the movies, he appeared as dancer and choreographer in Marcos Zurinaga’s Tango Bar (1989), Leonard Schrader’s Naked Tango (1991) and Carlos Saura’s Tango. His work in this latter film allowed him to win the National Film Award for Best Choreography 1999 awarded by the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, Music and Dance of the United States.

In 2001 the Rivarolas were two of the founders of the Asociación de Maestros, Bailarines y Coreógrafos de Tango Argentino (AMBCTA), in which Carlos also has been president, to defend the professional interests of tango dancers.

Carlos and María have written the book Así se baila el tango argentino, with the tango researcher Yoyi Kanematz, which was published in Japan.

María is also fascinating in her aesthetic aspect: from her eternally beautiful eyes to her wardrobe that she checks up to the smallest detail. Besides being a virtuoso dancer, she has a natural skill for designing her own clothing. One of her first works carried out about this was for the tour of Japan made with Mores in 1984 when she designed the tango and folk female clothes for the whole company. On several occasions she has also collaborated in choosing the male clothing and designed the clothing for the final scene of the show at the El Querandí restaurant.

With a perfect alchemy, this dancing couple keeps an unalterable passion for tango essence in all the art undertakings they carry out and they are an unavoidable reference of Tango Danza.