And so it is that another 'tango spectacular' - Tango Fire - returns to the Peacock Theatre, brought to us by 'international tango superstars' and multiple award winners German Cornejo and Gisella Galeassi.
2019 sees Tango Fire hit the Peacock for its seventh season there, as part of a relentless 14 years of international touring. This tango medley blends stylised tango and Hollywood-inspired numbers, perhaps not the wisest of moves, judging by last year's mixed reviews.
You can't fault Cornejo's and Galeassi's dancing, nor that of the other four couples in the Tango Fire cast, which includes several World Tango Champions. The fancy footwork, high leg extensions, gravity-defying lifts and mind-boggling twirling are all quite spectacular. Each couple has its own individual style, but all are technically near-perfect.
A live quartet brings an almost authentic Argentine flavour to the proceedings with music from tango masters such as Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel; while the show's loose narrative aims to take the audience on a voyage of discovery through the history and diverse styles of this extraordinary dance.
Parts of it are intoxicating; others border on almost unbearably twee.
Obviously you don’t go to this kind of show expecting anything like authenticity. There seldom is much chemistry between dancer partners, let alone the sexual spark that brings real tango alive; and although their dancing is never less than professional and proficient - often admirably so! - some of the acrobatics are way over the top. It's like seen tango through one of these funfair distorting mirrors.
You go for a fun, lively, undemanding night out, with just enough of an exotic touch to feel exciting, but not so much that it’ll put off the homogenised 'international audiences' to whom it must appeal.
|What||Tango Fire, The Peacock|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
29 Jan 19 – 16 Feb 19, 19:30 Sat mat 14:30, Sun 14:00 Dur.: 2 hours inc one interval
|Price||£15-£45 (booking fee £3)|
|Website||Book via the Sadler's Wells website|