Theatre Review: Tango Moderno, Empire Theatre, Liverpool

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Written By: Alison Jones

Format: Musical
Genre: Dance
Date: February 26 2018
Location: Empire Theatre, Liverpool

This new production from tango stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace provided a fusion of latin, ballroom, ballet and street dance.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I wasn’t disappointed – the dancers supporting Flavia and Vincent demonstrated incredible energy which brought the stage to life and widened the appeal of the show to more than just classic tango lovers.

There was a contemporary twist from vocalist Tom Parsons who acted as a narrator, singing well-known numbers in a busking style. The music ranged from classical to chart music so something for everyone.

For me, the highlights were Flavia and Vincent dancing to the Assassins Tango, which featured in the film Mr & Mrs Smith and included some amazing accordion playing, and also their positively joyful dance to Ed Sheeran’s Shape Of You. The precision and technical ability of their dancing together was just breathtaking.

The music throughout was excellent with accomplished solos from violinist Oliver Lewis and singer (and dancer) Rebecca Lisewski whose renditions of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Bacharach’s A House Is Not A Home were just fabulous.

There was an underlying, tenuous storyline of love, finding partners, with a bit of help from Flav and Vinny and living happily ever after but to be honest, it wasn’t required. Lovely!

Overall Rating: 8/10 – Very Good