RNCM Theatre, 30 May 2015
All told, there were four musicians on stage, playing piano, double bass, violin and, of course, the tango’s trademark instrument, the bandoneon. Julian Rowlands took up the latter.
We were treated to a wide variety of tango music: a generous sampling of traditional fare, a fair few offerings by the magnificent Astor Piazzolla and some of the band’s own compositions. There were welcome introductions to the various tangos and explanations of tango terms by Jonathan Taylor, the pianist. About tango I don’t really know too much, the same goes for Klemzer, Fado, ‘ethnic’ genres generally – I really should take the time to make a serious study of those I like.
So onto the dance; it was sensual and spectacular and really brought the music to life. Our show had four dancers as well as four musicians, one couple hailing from Buenos Aires and the other home-grown. There’s a lot of high kicking to the tango, I saw, something I had not really cottoned on to before. You might even say it’s a kind of Latin jig, though with a danger of kicking another as well as yourself: double trouble! I loved the way the Argentine lady strutted off stage, one arm akimbo, like a female matador.
This was a wonderful show. If you like or are curious about tango, and want to see and hear tango at its best, you really mustn’t miss it. Tour dates can be found here.