Immortal Tango by German Cornejo at the Peacock Theatre

The Peacock Theatre is a long way away from Plaza Dorrego, in San Telmo Argentina, but none of the passion has been lost in this tango extravaganza from German Cornejo. Presented as most tango shows generally are with a series of separate dances, this show also had instrumental episodes. The rendition of ‘Jalousie’ by Jacob Gade performed by the violinist, Maria Mercedes Martinez, was exceptional.

As for the choreography itself, this was top class dancing where even a millimetre of imprecision could have caused some rather painful injuries… As such there was no room for error. German Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi were the top stars in this show and they didn’t fail to defy all sorts of gravitational pulls or spacial worries as they spun, flung and steamed their way across the stage. Following from an opening group number to ‘Roxanne’, they gave a heart stopping finish to the second dance.

There was a mix of traditional and tango-ed up contemporary music for the dance routines. Maybe there was a bit too much European pop music as the show was much more compelling when we were listening to the real thing – Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla and Gerardo Matos Rodríguez rather than Coolio, ABBA and Adele.

As tango shows goes, there wasn’t much to break the mould here in ‘Immortal Tango’, just a selection of glorious set pieces, painted with decadent lighting, curtains and costumes to add glitz to the exceptional dancing. However, one particularly novel and welcome addition to the tradition was the addition of what can only be described as a ‘Tango Dame’, Carlos Debat, bringing some light relief to the show. After upsetting her two dance partners, having her wig pulled off only revealed an even more extravagant wig worthy of Rapunzel.

Stunning dancing, fantastic lighting and great musicianship from this team from Argentina. We only wish they could have ventured a bit further away from convention. A small detraction though from an enjoyable evening. Buen espectáculo!

Highlight of the show – The opening dance from Gisela and German, the Tango Dame’s backup wig and the instrumental version of ‘Adiós Nonino’ by the band complete with freestyled intro from the pianist.

WIGS 3/5

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