Tango After Dark review: A show that makes the evening feel it is actually going somewhere | Theatre | Entertainment
German Cornejo’s show, celebrating – let’s not beat about the bush – the sexual attraction between men and women, plays the Peacock until Saturday.
Yes, there’s the usual six-piece onstage band, a couple of singers and virtually no scenery, which is the secret of this unmissable show.
Five couples, headed by Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi, do nothing but dance but that is what the whole thing is about.
We start in the standard nightclub setting, but I assure you there is nothing mundane about this show.
Tango is serious business in their home town, Buenos Aires, and Cornejo transfers that intensity here.
No silly grins, just a passionate pressure on the women to surrender by the male of the species.
What makes this native Argentinian art form so riveting is the women’s stern response, developing a relationship teetering on the edge of an all-out battle but ending in perfect harmony.
The thrill is not simply the women’s notorious kicks between the men’s legs, an eyewatering excitement as the dancing notches up in energy.
What is clear from Tango After Dark is that the female of the species demands much of her partner – and the result is bliss.
Most of the women clearly have a classical ballet training.
In partnering terms, as I remember from my own experience, the men are the central column of strength from which the women explore their movements.
Micaela Spina, in white silk and black lace, simple but luscious costumes designed by Cornejo, plays cat and mouse with partner Mariano Balois.
Hebe Hernandez, blonde hair falling across her face, actually smiles a lot, as do the men and no wonder as they perform overhead lifts and other acrobatic tricks.
Max Van De Voorde and Solange Acosta are elegant while Ezequiel Lopez and Camila Alegre are feisty but it is Cornejo and Galeassi’s show.
The show is simply dance, dance and dance again while the amazing pleasure the dancers hand out makes the evening feel it is actually going somewhere.
No prizes for guessing where.