Reviewed by Sasha Nye
Last night I went to see Tango Moderno at The Hawth in Crawley starring the amazing Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace. Having watched Strictly Come Dancing for years and being a big fan, I was very excited to go and see this production.
The Tango is possibly my favourite dance from all of the dances showcased on Strictly. I was looking forward to how they would bring to life this versatile and popular dance on to the stage.
Vincent and Flavia were breath taking to watch. They made every step look effortless. You could just feel the passion and love for dance that they have. Obviously with their huge talent they could own the stage and steal the limelight easily, but I loved how they also showcased the very talented dancers that accompanied them on to the stage. The set was cleverly used and there was a storyline to follow throughout, that interlinked with the music and the individual routines.
My favourite routine that just showcased the other dancers was the park bench setting. Michael Carroll, George Hodson, Tom Wollaston and Simon Campbell were outstanding. Michael and George stood out for me throughout the show with regards to the male dancers. For the females Cat Lane and Rebecca Lisweski stood out with their performances.
I was slightly taken back by how impressive Rebecca Lisweski was. She went from performing a fast-paced dance performance to minutes later belting out hits such as “Lay me Down” and “The first time ever I saw your face “. She sounded amazing with a phenomenal vocal range. Along with the very talented Oliver Lewis on the Violin this show wasn’t just a feast for the eyes but for the ears also. As expected the show was great but with the Olivier award winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce at the helm with Vincent and Flavia assisting with co-choreography it was kind of a given. I loved how versatile this show was, showing how dance can capture any emotion, set many scenes and be enjoyed by all.
It finished with a spectacular Tango performance from Vincent and Flavia that had audience members on their feet.
The Hawth in Crawley is easy to find and has a large amount of free car parking. It is a modern venue with large auditoriums. Plenty of toilets, a cafe and a number of bars for reasonably priced refreshments. The staff are always very helpful and friendly. What’s great about The Hawth is that there are no restrictive view seats in my opinion. Wherever you get seated you will get a great view of the stage.
A must for anyone who enjoys the art form that is dance.
Tickets cost from £34 to £40 (booking fees may apply).
Tango Moderno is at The Hawth in Crawley from 27-31 March 2018, for more information or to book tickets visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636