Carlos Barrionuevo and Mayté Valdes
Carlos Barrionuevo is originally from Santa Cruz, Argentina, and began to dance tango at an early age, developing his technique by studying the great masters of tango. Over the years, he has performed with great artists, including Ricardo “Chiqui” Pereyra, Enrique Dumas, Raul Lavie, Maria Grana, Guillermo Fernandez and Mariano Mores, as well as Grammy award-winning pianist Pablo Ziegler. After earning the championship award at the 2005 Patagonia Tango Festival in San Carlos, Bariloche, Carlos went on to perform in many Tango shows, including ”Tango Emotion”, “Tango Historias Breves”, “Sabor a Tango”, “Tango Odisea”, and “Tangorama”, among others. In 2007, he began performing with Mayté Valdes in prestigious Tango houses such as “El Viejo Almacen”, “El Cafe Tortoni” and”Chiquin Tango”. During that same year, Carlos was a part of the cast of “Forever Tango”, performing at the Teatro Coliseo Podesta in La Plata, Argentina. A few years later, he joined “Tangueros Del Sur”, performing at the New York City Center, the Vail International Dance Festival, the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and Israel Dance Festival, with the company “Romper el Piso”. In 2013, Carlos joined “Tango Essence” for the world premiere at the New York City Center on Broadway. His artistic skills also extend to acting – Carlos is the lead character in “Niña Del Tango”, a short film directed by Jason Eberly that premiered in Los Angeles and New York in 2013. It received a nomination for Best Short Film after being an official selection of 11 international film festivals, qualifying for two Oscars. Carlos received a nomination for Best Actor as well as the “River Rhythm Award” at the Silent River Film Festival and continues his development in the art of acting.
Mayté Valdes is highly trained in diverse dance techniques such as Classical ballet, Modern jazz and tango. She was trained in Argentine Tango by the greatest tango masters in Buenos Aires, and has performed in many tango shows such as “Chiquilin Tango”, “Tango en el Maipo” , “Tango Historias Breves” and “Tanguera – the Musical” among others. In 2004, she toured with the company “Tango Pasion” throughout Spain, Sweden, Russia and Germany. With the company “Tango Buenos Aires”, she traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, Egypt and Asia, England, Turkey and Israel, sharing her talent and passion for tango. In September of 2009, Mayté joined the company “Tangueros del Sur” with Carlos, performing at the New York City Center, the Vail International Dance Festival, the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and with the dance company “Romper el Piso” at the Israel Dance Festival. In 2013, she joined the company “Tango Essence”, performing at the New York City Center on Broadway. Mayté’s talents also extend to acting – in 2013, she was the lead character in “Niña Del Tango”, a short film directed by Jason Eberly that premiered in Los Angeles and New York. Mayté received a nomination for Best Actress as well as the “River Rhythm Award” at the Silent River Film Festival and continues her studies and practice in the art of acting. Carlos & Mayté are currently part of the most prestigious Tango festivals in the US and are working on the pre-production of their first feature film “Eliana”.