Tango Fire is a dynamic show that takes the audience on an intellectual journey that traces tango’s roots from its beginning in the barrios of Buenos Aires into the era of Cabaret and then moving it along through the various decades showcasing its ever growing popularity as a contemporary dance form.
The art of Argentinean tango dates back to the mid-1800’s in the poor barrios of Bueno Aires where African slaves and their descendants began to influence local culture. Exactly when and where the various forms of dance and music combined to create what is widely recognized as one of the most sensual dances today, is unclear. What is clear is that the tango was considered for many years to be a poor man’s dance and was held in contempt by fine society for being scandalous in nature and form.
In recent times, the tango, and in particular Argentinean tango, has flourished remarkably in terms of its presence in mainstream popular culture. In Montreal alone, there is a solid community of dancers, weekly classes and Milonga socials held regularly throughout the island. The evolution of the dance has profound implications for the way we dance today. Although still considered a sexually charged dance with both partners dancing in close embrace and with hands that gently caress the neck and roam the curves of the body, perfecting the art of tango requires extreme physical stamina and one must possess versatility, flexibility and an amazing sense of rhythm.
Argentina's hottest young choreographer German Cornejo, produced Tango Fire, a dynamic show that takes the audience on an intellectual journey that traces tango’s roots from its beginning in the barrios of Buenos Aires into the era of Cabaret and then moving it along through the various decades showcasing its ever growing popularity as a contemporary dance form. At yesterday’s performance at Salle Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, I was left completely mesmerized and almost half speechless at the acrobatic lifts and high leg kicks that the five beautiful Argentinean couples executed to perfection.
The electrifying two hour performance was a dazzle of colorful sequined costumes and intricate dance moves filled with a myriad of palpitating dips, twirls and leg scissoring that befitted the term FIRE in the show’s main title. Although, the entire cast of dancers was sultry and seductive towards each other in manners and dress, the raw sexual nature of the performance was more acrobatic than actually lustful.
I would be hard pressed to say which of the five couples drew my singular attention as the entire company consists of exceptional dancers and several of them are world tango champions. However, my hat goes off to German and his partner Gisela Galeassi who stunned the audience with their, jaw dropping swirls, quicksilver steps and passionate sensuality.
The cast of Tango Fire drew their energy from the powerful music of suave singer Jesus Hidalgo and the Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires ensemble Quarteto Fuego. Composing of a pianist, contrebassist, bandoneon player and violinist, the quartet sustained the invigorating atmosphere essential to the power of the dance. Violinist Estefania Corsini really captivated her audience with her stylistic attention to musical detail and her wonderful stage presence.
More than just a dance or a show, Tango Fire is wonderful historical and all- round sensorial treat that gives you a taste of the sensuality of a nation with fire in their blood.
Tango fire is currently on at Place des Arts November 06 and 07 at Place des Arts
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