Bristol Hippodrome

The Last Tango, February 2016

 

PARTNERS PLEASE: Photo below left by Manuel-Harlan and top the sensational trailer video

 

Life mirrored in dance moves

 

Looking like two glamorous characters from a bygone age Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace glided and gyrated across the stage making magical music in movement.

The story unfolds in dance while the sounds are in song – even the set resembles the inside of a piano with the roof rafters looking like hammers, strings and soundboards.

The Last Tango is a heart-warming love story which charts their first meeting until their last dance and acts as a fitting swansong to a couple whose career has spanned two decades on stage with the last six on the road.

Saying goodbye to the touring dancers is sad yet we are sure they come back in one guise or another – film stars, West End performers, television, presenters, Strictly Come Dancing judges - an endless list was banded around on Tuesday night at the Bristol Hippodrome.

The interval bar banter was ‘Flavia wants to have a baby’!

In the opening scene you see an ageing and overweight singleton living alone in a flea-invested loft room who looks into a mirror and sees a fit, agile and well-heeled young man looking back - enter stage left Vincent.

This is show is a reflective look at a lifetime of experiences - meeting on the beach, living in an upmarket bijou apartment, joining the military, babies and as the seasons change growing older together.

There are lovely little touches like the pint-sized Christmas stocking announcing a new arrival and the colour coordinated festive jumpers – and Flavia as a flighty lady in red while her husband is away at war.

Most of the costumes are sophisticated glamour all satin and silk gowns matched with miltaryand dress suits.

The 'corps de ballroom' adds to the breathtaking brilliance of this show.

 

'I have seen several ‘last tangos’ from Paris to Halifax

and listened to the CD collection by big band leader James Last called Tango

but this performance rivals all

for a mix of steaming passion, wistful desire and pure nostalgia'

 

I loved the fancy footwork with the bad news envelope and Titantic pose as the boat figurehead, this show is pitch and step perfect.

The set is simple with a two-storey cutaway of a seedy upstairs room while below is a wardrobe and junk.

In the background soloists sing into an old-fashioned radio microphone and the lyrics of ‘when they go away’ was particularly poignant.

This is the third and final production in a trio of sell-out shows which included  Midnight Tango and Dance 'Til Dawn.

The Last Tango is on a 32 theatre run showcases all their best moves.

It includes the salsa, flamenco, foxtrot, rumba and as twice World Argentine Tango champion title holders their signature dance.

Although partners on the dance floor in real life Flavia lives in Surrey with her Coronation Street soap actor husband Jimi Mistry.

And Vincent married his long-term partner and mother of his two young sons, Susan Duddy, in July last year in a lavish ceremony covered by Hello! magazine.

Flavia said; “We have had such a fantastic time creating and dancing in Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn.

“It’s an incredible experience to perform live in front of our wonderful audience night after night, but all good things must come to an end, so we have created our final ever theatre show.

“It is intimate, emotional and full of our award-winning Argentine tango.

“The Last Tango celebrates our best work and most beautiful dance moves before we finally say farewell to theatre.”

Vincent said: “The past few years have been intense – we’ve loved it.

“It may be our final theatre tour but we’re going to go out with a bang!

“This is our best show yet!"

I agreed the others were very, very good but this is great.

The Italian-born pair were joined on stage by Teddy Kempner, Matthew Gent, Callum Clack, Diana Girbau, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Aaron James, Rebecca Lisewski, Jemima Loddy, Ian Oswald and Grant Thresh.

The Last Tango is directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce and produced by Adam Spiegel Productions.

It play until Saturday, February 6 - see below on how to get tickets.

Carol Deacon

PREVIEW: The Last Tango

 

Britain’s best-loved dance duo perform together in theatres for the very last time and appear at the Bristol Hippodrome from Tuesday to Saturday, February 2-6.

Fresh from their sell-out hit shows Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn, Strictly superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have created their most poignant production yet as they prepare to dance in their final ever theatre show.

The Last Tango opened in September 2015 ahead of a 32 week theatre tour.

Twenty years of dancing together has seen them become Strictly Come Dancing favourites, world Argentine tango champions, and create and star in their own Olivier Award nominated West End productions – but now, as the nation’s favourite dancers prepare to take on new projects, it is time for Vincent and Flavia to say goodbye to audiences across the UK in a brand new, thrilling live performance.

Flavia said; “We have had such a fantastic time creating and dancing in Midnight Tango and Dance ’Til Dawn. It’s an incredible experience to perform live in front of our wonderful audience night after night, but all good things must come to an end, so we’re creating our final ever theatre show.

"It’s going to be intimate, emotional and full of our award-winning Argentine tango. The Last Tango is going to celebrate our best work and most beautiful dance moves before we finally say farewell to theatre.”

Vincent said: “The past few years have been intense – we’ve loved it. It may be our final theatre tour but we’re going to go out with a bang!

"This is going to be our best show yet!"

Vincent and Flavia will be joined on stage by Teddy Kempner, Matthew Gent, Callum Clack, Diana Girbau, Rebecca Herszenhorn, Aaron James, Rebecca Lisewski, Jemima Loddy, Ian Oswald and Grant Thresh.

Don’t miss your last ever chance to see this dynamic duo do what they do best live - in an intimate, passionate and explosive experience. It’s time for The Last Tango.

The Last Tango is directed by Olivier Award winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce and produced by Adam Spiegel Productions (The Producers, Dance ‘Til Dawn, Midnight Tango, Love Me Tender, The Mousetrap on Tour).

Tickets from £22.40 with concessions.

To book click HERE.

To read reviews of previous performances of Vincent and Flavia in their fabulous show Dance ‘Til Dawn click HERE.

This not-for-profit online newspaper is managed by Carol Deacon former editor of award-winning Clevedon Mercury titles and powered by Wix.com