Thursday, 21 June 2012

MIDNIGHT TANGO (UK Tour) June 2012

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, stars of BBC's Strictly Come Dancing are on the road again after a hugely successful 2011 tour and 2012 West End residency with Midnight Tango.

The show, produced by Arlene Phillips is set in downtown Buenos Aires in a beautiful and realistic set by Morgan Large featured a six-piece band and a cast of 12 dancers.

With no dialogue the show is very much about the dance. The Tango, that's it, and everyone is on top of their game. There is a simple story woven into the routines and we see Pablo (Simone) and El Gato (Giraldo Diomar) fight their way through dance to win the heart of the beautiful Sofia (Cacace). 

Tricia Deighton as Rosa and Teddy Kempner as Carlos provide much welcome comedy moments to the show. There are moments very reminiscent of clowning. They clock the audience and respond to reactions as their heartwarming story unfolds along with their petty squabbles. Moments that would not be out of place in a physical theatre show were also apparent with dancers suspending from tables and strong influences of pure acting woven into the choreography. 

The second act is definitely where the performance hots up. Pablo and Sofia's slower routine is breathtakingly stunning and the finale is received with rapturous applause. The Tango at it's best and it's not to be missed. 

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