Immortal Tango (photo Andrew Lang)
Acclaimed tango artist and choreographer Germán Cornejo has bought his new show Immortal Tango to The Peacock Theatre for a three week season from the 1st to 19th March. Immortal Tango is Cornejo’s first production with his own company which boasts five world champions amongst its fourteen dancers, singer Antonela Cirillo and a band of five musicians.
The show got off to a thrilling start with the whole group of dancers taking the stage for a rendition of Roxanne from the film Moulin Rouge. This was followed by the first dance to feature Germán Cornejo and his partner Gisela Galeassi who gave the audience a taste of what was to come with a performance that showed the couple’s remarkable skill and dexterity.
Immortal Tango – Germán Cornejo, Gisela Galeassi and Antonella Cirillo (photo Andrew Lang)
The pattern of the first half of the show soon becomes apparent with a few set piece dances on a 1920s or carnival theme, a musical interlude, the first appearance of the very talented singer Antonela Cirillo and the considerable comedy talent of Carlos Debat.
Immortal Tango – Mariano and Sabrina (photo Andrew Lang)
A dance based on Gimme, Gimme, Gimme from Mamma Mia got the audience in a party mood before a lyrical piece danced to the music of Schindler’s List. Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi dazzled one again with a passionate and sensual dance with music from the Bodyguard before the whole ensemble came together for an energetic group dance.
After the interval the mood changed with the cast going back to their Argentinian roots for some tango that is darker and more dangerous recalling the backstreets of Buenos Aires . Antonela Cirillo carries on the theme with a powerful and dramatic version of No Llores por mi Argentina from Evita before the dancers show their mean streak in a dance to the soundtrack of Gangsta’s Paradise.
Immortal Tango – Max and Solange (photo Andrew Lang)
Jose Fernandez and Leonardo Luizaga dancing to Libertango introduced a different element with both male dancers bringing their masculinity to the fore whilst dancing together to an Argentine Tango. Antonela Cirillo returned for her rendition of Skyfall before a show stopping dance by Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi which involved Gisela being tossed around like a rag doll by a remarkably powerful Germán. A rousing group dance to Footloose finished the show on a high note with the audience standing to show their approval for a night of dazzling footwork and great entertainment.
Immortal Tango – Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi (photo Andrew Lang)
Immortal Tango is a highly successful attempt by Germán Cornejo to move beyond the old tango clichés and develop a well structured show that is rich and varied. In some pieces tango is fused with other dance styles to create something new and exciting. Although Germán Cornejo and his partner Gisela Galeass are without doubt, Argentinian Tango superstars and the stars of the show, all of the members of the extremely talented company are given the opportunity to show their considerable talents.
Immortal Tango has been developed for tango lovers and to attract people who may be not familiar with tango. It will appeal to people of all generations who enjoy a lively, imaginative and high energy show with great music and dance.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
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