Kicking off on 24 February, Finland is once again infused with the spirit of the tango, with the welcome return of the Grammy Award-winning Argentinean dance group Tango Pasión.

The highly regarded troupe is set to bring a new show Sinfonia de Tango. A tribute to the legend of composer Astor Piazzolla, audiences in Helsinki can enjoy the Pasión until 28 February, before it sets off around the country. Stops in Turku, Hämeenlinna, Lahti, Mikkeli, Kuopio and Oulu are scheduled.

Tango Pasión first emerged in 1982 when producer Mel Howard and co director José Libertella set about establishing a unique tango spectacle. The fruit of their labour saw them bringing together a number of different tango stories. For them, tango wasn’t about any level of social status. A diverse cast of dancers represented the variety evident in Argentinean society. Audience responded overwhelmingly positively at home and aborad, and it wasn’t long before the group was playing to packed crowds on Broadway.

Fast forward to 2014 and 20 artists, dancers and musicians come together to form the world’s best tango show group. With their last visit a couple of years ago drawing a total of around 30,000 attendees, the Argentine heat is a welcome reprieve from the frosty conditions outside.

Duration of the show is approximately 2.5 hours, including an intermission.

James O’Sullivan