WASHINGTON, DC -- The President and Mrs. Clinton are hosting his Excellency Carlos Saul Menem, President of the Argentine Nation, at a White House State Dinner on Monday, January 11, 1999. President Menem will arrive at the North Portico at 7:15 p.m.
Guests will be received by the President and Mrs. Clinton, and President Menem at the base of the Grand Staircase in the Grand Foyer of the White House. Following the receiving line, the President and Mrs. Clinton will escort President Menem into the State Dining Room for dinner.
The tables in the State Dining Room will be set with Eisenhower gold base plates; the Ronald Reagan china will be used for service. Kennedy Morgantown crystal and gold flatware from the Vermeil Collection will be set on rose-colored damask tablecloths. Bamboo containers from the Vermeil Collection will be filled with Raphaela, Leonidis, Ambiance and Sari roses and rust colored orchids. These centerpieces will be surrounded by white taper candles in gold candle sticks.
Following the dinner, guests will be entertained in the East Room with a celebration of tango performed by American and Argentine musicians and dancers.
STATE DINNER ENTERTAINMENT IN THE EAST ROOM:
A Celebration of Tango
After dinner in the State Dining Room, guests will be invited to the East Room for a celebration of tango, performed by American and Argentine musicians and dancers. Thetango has been an integral part of the history of the Argentine Nation and its appeal and popularity have spread around the world. The resurgence of the tango has communities from Alaska to Florida learning this fascinating, difficult, elegant and passionate art. The fervor and joy of the tango once again capture our creative imagination.
Luciana Pedraza was born in Salta, a town in northern Argentina. Being the oldest of five sisters, Luciana grew up among horses and sports but never took a dance lesson.She moved to Buenos Aires at sixteen to finish her schooling and shortly thereafter began her own business. Tango did not cross her path until three years ago when Robert Duvall introduced her to a world within her own country -- the world of tango. Since that time, she has moved to the United States and studies tango under Orlondo Paiva andPablo Veron.
Pablo Veron, a versatile dancer with a background in classical, tap and jazz, is one of the most acclaimed tango dancers from Buenos Aires. A key figure of the tango renaissance, Mr. Veron is recognized for his unique, innovative style that links traditional tango to the sensitivity of the nineties. He formed his own dance company in Buenos Aires while performing in such musicals as Evita and Cabaret and touring extensively with the renowned Tango Argentino as a dancer and choreographer. In 1996, Pablo Veron choreographed and starred in The Tango Lesson, winner of the Best Film award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in Argentina. In October, 1998 he won the American Choreography Award for outstanding choreographic achievement in motion pictures.
Victoria Vieyra, a frequent dance partner of Pablo Veron, grew up in Argentina studying Milonga with Mingo Pugliese and Gustavo Naveira. She has danced and choreographed numerous musicals and operas and was appointed as a member of the Tango Academy founded by Horacio Ferrer. She frequently teaches and organizes tango dances in Los Angeles and has recently danced in several shows in Paris.
Raul Jaurena, master bandoneon player, first studied bandoneon with his father becoming a member of a child's tango orchestra at the age of eight. In the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Jaurena spent much of his time organizing tango orchestras in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile. Mr. Jaurena recently became an American citizen and is currently the musical director of the acclaimed tango group, New York Buenos Aires Connection. He performs regularly as a guest artist throughout the United States and was most recently featured with the Hollywood Bowl's Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of music by Astor Piazzolla and has played with such greats as Yo Yo Ma.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S GIFT TO PRESIDENT MENEM:
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