Tango Moderno: Review


Tango superstars, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, are touring in their fourth show ‘Tango Moderno’ showcasing the Ballroom, Latin and Argentine Tango. Their new production is a modern take on the traditional Tango, reflecting modern life through dance.

Singer and guitarist, Tom Parsons, uses poetry to introduce the story behind each dance, developing a narrative where technology is taking over our lives.

The former Strictly stars arrive on stage to a huge applause and cheers from the audience, and guide their cast of dancers through the trials of life in the 21st century by introducing passion and love.

Their cleverly choreographed performance to ‘Bla Bla Bla Cha Cha Cha’ was where the narrative of urban life had greatest effect. Each dancer is glued to their phone, rather than their dance partner, highlighting the distractions of modern technology.

The cast are energetic and charismatic, supporting Simone and Cacace tremendously, through showcasing a wide range of dancing talent and an injection of humour.

This humour fell flat during one dance in particular, which saw the female dancers come out onto stage in a supermarket trolley, wheelbarrow and a lawn mower. Reaffirming gender stereotypes that didn’t fit with the shows depiction of modern life. However, this was soon forgotten when Simone and Cacace performed a mesmerising Argentine Tango to end the first half.

The show featured dances to predominantly modern hits by Rag’n’Bone Man, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, sung by Parsons and Rebecca Lisweski. Not only is Lisweski a singer, she also dances in the show, yet still manages to deliver a powerful rendition of Ewan MacColl’s ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ straight off the back of an energetic dance routine.

The finale was a masterclass in the Argentine Tango, by Simone and Cacace, to Oliver Lewis’ outstanding violin playing of traditional Argentine music. This ended the show on a high and injected the passion and intensity, that Simone and Cacace are renowned for. Earning a standing ovation from the audience.

Tango Moderno is at the Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent from 9-10 March 2018. Visit the website for details.


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