And so it is that another "tango spectacular" - Tango Fire - hits the Peacock Theatre, brought to us by "international tango superstars" and multiple award winners German Cornejo and Gisella Galeassi.
This is a reprise of Cornejo's show of two years ago at the same venue; last year's innovative attempt to blend tango and Hollywood having had decidedly mixed reviews. Tango Fire, though, has toured the world to much acclaim.
You can't fault Cornejo and Galeassi's dancing, nor that of their 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 band 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 and akin to the tango seen 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.
Free post-show tango class for ticket holders: Tue 7th and Tue 14th February.
|What||Tango Fire, The Peacock|
|Where||Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Holborn (underground)|
31 Jan 17 – 18 Feb 17, 19:30 Sat mat 14:30 Sun mat 14:00
|Website||Book via the Sadler's Wells website|