Many tales have been told about Tango
yet, deep under the surface
as with each and every authentic being,
lies a secret.
Jorge Luis Borges



It all began towards the end of the 19th century, in the suburbs close to the Mataderos of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, where in huge warehouses the Gauchos brought cattle to be slaughtered. Here, in the rough outskirts of the city, drenched in a profusion of blood and mud, amid the carnal agitation of local brothels, Tango was born.

It is this rich, raw, violent, yet ever sensuous tale of Gauchos, immigrants, and hustlers, that the pianist Céline Bishop and the singer and flutist Luis Rigou, bring to us Tango Secret.

Accompanied by Simone Tolomeo (bandoneon) and Mauricio Angarita (Double bass) and by Los Guardiola, an extraordinary duo of mime and dance, this combination of songs, dance, music and visual poetry, illustrates the metamorphosis and influences of this miniature opera – from its birth in the brothels to world recognition – to reveal rare and forgotten treasures.

In a captivating and powerful show, where authentic Tangos, Milongas and Criollo waltzes cross paths, Céline Bishop and Luis Rigou pay a sensitive spirited, emotional and sincere tribute to this music from the soul, leaving us spellbound.


26/1/2022 – Théâtre L’Onde – Velizy – France –
27/1/2022 – Théâtre L’Onde – Velizy – 2 séances – France
5/2/2022 – Arpajon – Espace Concorde – France
23/6/2022 – Festival Nuits de Nacre – Tulle – France


5/14/2019 – TNP Villeurbane – Festival Les Langagières
11/29/2019 – La Ferme du buisson – Noisiel – France
1/21/2020 – Café de la danse – Paris – France
2/2/2020 – Longjumeau – France
2/7/2020 – Puteaux – France
6/21/2021 – Savigny-sur-Orge – France
6/29/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
6/30/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
7/13/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
7/14/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
7/20/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
7/21/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
7/27/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France
7/28/2021 – Théâtre de l’Atelier – Paris -France


Luis Rigou,  Artistic direction, voice & flutes
Céline Bishop, Musical direction, arrangements & piano
Los Guardiola, Giorgia Marchiori & Marcelo Guardiola: Choreography & pantomime

Simone Tolomeo, Bandoneon
Mauricio AngaritaDouble bass

Stage direction:  Coraly Zahonero & Vicente Pradal
Light creation: 
Vicente Pradal
Light production: 
Gabriele Smiriglia
Production manager: 
Helene Arntzen

A co-production by

TAC | Territoire Art et Création / Le Chant des hommes / La flûte enchantée
Luis Rigou / Céline Bishop / Christophe Fourel

Created in october and november 2019 @ Conservatoire J-B. Lully – Puteaux

With the patronage of the DRAC, the J.-B. Lully Conservatory of Puteaux,
the SPEDIDAM, the FCM, the SPPF and Paris Banlieues Tango FESTIVAL.

Los Guardiola

Among the most contemporary of Tango artists, Marcelo Guardiola and Giorgia Marchiori, artistically known as Los Guardiola, are one of the most beloved and admired couples, as reviewed in the Buenos Aires Press. Their shows have run in theatres and festivals all over the world.
Marcelo Guardiola is an actor, dancer, musician and stage director. Born in Buenos Aires, in 1999 he created a form of theatrical research called TangoTeatro, which proposed a new style of entertainment which stages poetry through mime and dance.

Giorgia Marchiori, born in Rome, is a dancer, an actress, choreographer and Doctor of Philosophy. In 2003 she began her artistic collaboration with Marcelo Guardiola establishing the duo, Los Guardiola whose originality consists of telling stories through the marriage of mime and dance.

In 2004, for their work as Tango dancers par excellence, they received the Diploma of Honour New Generation (Nueva Generación) through a declaration of Cultural Interest by the Secretary of Culture of the Argentine Presidency (Secretaría de la Cultura, Presidencia de la Nación).

In 2011, for the original and distinctive use of Tango in theatre, they were part of the VIII Holstebro Festuge, Denmark, organized by the Odin Teatret, directed by Eugenio Barba. In 2016 the Argentine National Academy of Tango (Academia Nacional del Tango de la República Argentina) awarded them institutional auspices as “Artist of Tango who advance Tango-culture.” Authors and performers of all their shows, in 2016 they premiered «Los Guardiola Tango Show» in the celebrated theatre Teatro Maipo in Buenos Aires. They have carried their wordless art to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.

In the musical show Tango Secret, their grace and expertise bring a poetic and dramatic touch which is momentous.

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TANGO SECRET:  The Musical Show
Former flutist of Cuarteto Cedrón, Luis Rigou is also a singer with a moving voice, who found in Céline Bishop the suitable pianist to accompany his tangos and tender Argentine milongas. On stage, their album Tango Secret takes the form of a mini-opera, with bandoneon, double bass, a few tales and the pantomine dances of Los Guardiola.

Anne Berthod, Télérama Sortir