Tango Por Dos at the Peacock

By Baile, Fiona | Musical Opinion, May/June 2004 | Go to article overview

Tango Por Dos at the Peacock


Baile, Fiona, Musical Opinion


The Peacock Theatre was once again the venue for Tango Por Dos which I saw on 18 March. In the past the Tango programme has suffered from a sort of sameness: after a riveting first half hour there has not been enough variety to sustain the evening without boredom setting in. This time the structure and content of the show was carefully thought out with enough variety and change of pace to keep the interest and attention right through to the end. There were a number of different settings, which flowed from one to another: prostitutes and pimps, oppressed workers, black shirts in jackboots, shop mannequins coming to life and a whole lot in between. And in the centre of the stage, with a shallow staircase on each side, were the musicians, who were joined from time to time by a couple of singers.

This was knitting with the legs: slip one purl one, stick one swirl one, twist one twirl one, and hey presto, a complex filament of tango tricot. …

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