Review: Vincent Simone & Flavia Cacace in Tango Moderno

April 3, 2018 by Claire Cosgrove

I was actually quite surprised about how much I enjoyed this show. Yes, I have always been a fan of Strictly Come Dancing, but how would I fare in a 2-hour ballroom extravaganza? It was far more inventive and contemporary than I could have anticipated.

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace don’t keep us waiting as they ‘take to the floor’ as soon as curtain rises. These two are simply quite spectacular to watch. However, the duo shares the stage with a group of very talented dancers and singers creating a wonderful ensemble piece of theatre.

The show is directed and choreographed by Karen Bruce, who has worked with the duo on all their previous productions. Bruce brings a very fresh and modern twist to this latest show. The narrator and singer, Tom Parsons, gives us a poetic walk through the 21st Century. Young singletons caught in the modern day trappings of smart phones, internet dating and loneliness. It is up to Flavia and Vincent to play cupid by ‘sprinkling’ them with a touch of passion, love, music and dance. It is rather charming, if a little cheesy in places.

There is a clever mix of dance styles with Vincent and Flavia channeling their more traditional style of dress and ballroom, blended with a more contemporary feel from the supporting dancers.

Although we are treated to the dramatic sound of the Tango, with the help of the live band and talented violinist, Oliver Lewis, the show boasts an eclectic mix of music. Tracks, such as, Shape of You by Ed Sheeran and Human by Rag’n’Bone Man gives the show some fresh energy and verve. The male ensemble showcase a beautiful dance to 7 Years by Lukas Graham, which was a particular highlight for me.

When Flavia and Vincent are on the stage, they completely demand your attention. Their Argentinian Tango is a masterclass and the flicks and kicks of Flavia’s sculptured legs are mesmerising! So used to watching amateurs try their best in Strictly, nothing beats seeing the real thing. They fully deserved a standing ovation for their enthralling encore.

Fun, flirty, traditional and innovative, this is a great show with lots to enjoy. On at Southend Cliffs Pavilion until Saturday 7th April. With Flavia announcing that this will be her last show with Vincent, it’s worth watching these true professionals, whilst you still can.


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