Two of the stars from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring The Last Tango to the Belgrade Theatre for an evening of great music and stunning dancing.
The Last Tango is not a set of standalone dances, there is a story to be told, the story of George. George (Teddy Kempner) enters an attic, full of things from times gone by. As he walks around he finds long forgotten items, each one precious because of the memories it awakens. We are taken back to when George was a young man, played by Vincent Simone. During the evening we go through his life as he meets a girl (Flavia Cacace) falls in love and their times together.
There are varying dances to illustrate the story from uplifting jives, quicksteps, flowing foxtrot and of course a few Argentine tangos. The ensemble were as entrancing and foot perfect as the celebrity dancers, playing the parts of waiters, friends, soldiers and many more. Matthew Gent gave his velvet toned voice to many of the numbers bringing further depth to the show.
The highlights were the Argentine tangos danced by Vincent and Flavia, which each had a different feel and emotion running through it. Throughout the show the couples dance chemistry was obvious as they moved as one around the stage.
Of course the costumes are a delight as they flow and move around the dancers, most notably in the foxtrot and Flavia's flamenco routine. The attic sets creates the backdrop for all of the dance routines leaving plenty of space for the dancing. It gives George a place to watch his memories and enables some beautiful shadowing moments where his younger self echoes his movements.
The Last Tango is an old fashioned tale of love told through beautiful traditional dances, it was a hit with the sell out audience. This weekend it is the hottest ticket in town.
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