The tango, carnal and fatalistic, is danced cheek to cheek, step to step to a halting and relentlessly repeated hypnotic rhythm. It is a sadomasochistic battle of the sexes that always ends with the total submission of the woman.
The tango has its origins in the brothels of Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century, when it was danced by pimps and prostitutes while they were waiting for customers.
That’s what we were always led to believe. But the truth is that two men dancing together is the most traditional form of tango.
German Cornejos Wild tango is led by men. There are 12 dancers and only three of them are women. There are four musicians. The sound is amplified and distorted. Everyone knows it takes two to tango. This production often takes three.
The show is a mix of tango, contemporary dance, urban, malambo and circus. A special feature is the dangerous aerial acrobatics. The energy is fantastic.
However, if you’re expecting cream hair, double-breasted suits, fedoras, white scarves, patent leather shoes, leggings, slit skirts, low backs, fishnet stockings, feather boas, and high-heeled heels, forget it.
Wild tango is no ordinary tango show. It’s wilder, darker, louder, more uncontrollable, more chaotic and is aimed at a different, non-tangopurist audience.
It is always fascinating to watch the crossed, intertwined legs and the fast and highly dangerous kicks between the dancer’s legs. A failed murderous fast kick and shins could be injured; and not just shins.
Unfortunately, in the first act, the dark baggy trousers worn by the men and the way the dancers are lit mean that the audience cannot see the impressive leg and foot movements clearly.
Robert Tanitch reviews Wild Tango at the Peacock Theatre, London
Source link Robert Tanitch reviews Wild Tango at the Peacock Theatre, London