With long-haul flights increasingly out of reach for recession-hit Londoners, new ways must be sought to experience the thrill of foreign cultural delights. As the temperature rocketed to that of sunnier climes, 10 Argentine dancers opened their season at Peacock Theatre in Holborn.
Tango Fire: Flames of Desire sets out to offer the thrill of that seductive art form. The first act, set in a traditional Tango House gives way to mock male fights, smoochy couplings and OTT jealousy as passions run high.
Choreographed by renowned international dancer Yanina Fajar, the group numbers are flashy, seductive and at all times crowd pleasing. The second act is a Show Tango as each couple has a slot to dazzle us with their sequins, super speedy footwork, dangerously placed kicks and death-defying lifts. If Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are amongst your favourite kind of dancers, the Tango Fire Company surely won’t disappoint.
And, if none of the above sets your heart racing, the music by Quatrotango will have you transported to the streets of Buenos Aires. The quartet played Ástor Piazzolla’s classic Tango ensembles with such energy and sheer joy that many of the musical interludes drew greater applause from the audience than some of the dance numbers.
So if you want to get into the summer spirit for less than 5% of a flight to Argentina, head to Holborn. Book for a Thursday and enjoy a free post show dance class!!
Tango Fire is at Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2 tonight at 7.30pm and runs until 23 April. Tickets £15 - £42