Tango Fire – The Peacock Theatre
Over the years I have been to a couple of tango classes. I love the music, the seductive wheeze of the bandoneon (the Argentinian accordion), and the heightened state of emotional intensity that the experience induces. Dancing tango is particularly difficult compared with other dance styles such as jive or salsa that can be picked up much quicker. It’s not just the technical aspects but the way the erotic interplay embodied in the relationship between man and woman (or man and man, woman and woman!) – leader and follower – is articulated through movement, shifts of balance and power, and a very real physical entanglement. So since moving to Buenos Aires and devoting my life to the study of the dance form isn’t practical at the moment – though is definitely on my bucket list – the chance to review the award-winning Tango Fire, returning for its seventh season at The Peacock seemed too good an opportunity to miss. The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires dates back to 2005 and has toured the world since then with a cast of top dancers and their own band of virtuoso musicians. The company is led by choreographer Germán Cornejo and both he and his partner Gisela Galeassi have won the World Tango Champion title as well as being trained in classical dance, contemporary dance, jazz, ballet and acrobatics. The show comprises of a series of duets and ensemble pieces that tell the story of authentic Argentine tango, from its classic roots in the bars, brothels and dance halls of the Buenos Aires barrios to more modern interpretations that flirt with contemporary dance. It’s at times passionate, sexy, stunningly beautiful and athletic with an astonishing level of synchronisation in the ensemble pieces. Germán Cornejo choreographs the ensemble pieces with the six couples Germán Cornejo & Gisela Galeassi, Sebastian Alvarez & Victoria Saudelli, Marcos Esteban Roberts & Louise Junqueira Malucelli, Ezequiel Lopez & Camila Alegre, Julio Jose Seffino & Carla Dominguez, and Esteban Simon & Marilu Leopardi, creating their own showpieces. With a mix of tango styles ranging from the faster Milonga to classic tango, the level technique on display was at times breathtaking with high-speed Gancho and Boleo embellishments adding excitement to the performances. The Tango Fuego Quartet accompany the show as well as being having a couple of featured numbers of their own. Comprising piano, bandoneon, contrabass and violin the virtuosic quartet play tunes by the great musical masters of tango masters such as Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel bringing a high level of expressivity to their performance that creates the perfect platform for the dancers. I really loved Tango Fire. It kept me entertained through the two halves with a diversity of staging, musical and dance styles and if I never make it to Buenos Aires the next best thing has to be to enjoy the sensuality, extraordinary skill and passion of Tango Fire.
Germán Cornejo in Tango Fire
The Peacock Theatre,
Tuesday 29 January – Saturday 16 February
Performances: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm, Sun Matinee at 2pm
Tickets: £15 – £45
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222
Next, I’m looking forward to seeing David Suchet in The Price at Wyndham’s. Check our preview to find out why – I’ll be there on 11 February to see for myself.