A review by
Pat Hayes, Corporate Members Officer, Blackpool Civic Trust
In their farewell tour and final flourish around the dance floor, Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone are certainly leaving their audiences wanting more. Blackpool's Grand Theatre provided the perfect intimate setting for the poignant story of The Last Tango.
This simple but moving love story is told through the reminiscences of George, played by Teddy Kempner, who is sorting through his attic as he prepares to move out of the house where he has lived for most of his life.
Each item has its own tale to tell, expressed through a wide variety of dance styles performed to perfection by Vincent, who plays the young George and Flavia, the love of his life.
The story, which begins just before World War II when the young couple meet, takes the audience on a journey that covers all the landmarks of their relationship - the good times and the bad times.
Each breathtaking dance represents a memory and period of time, reminiscent of a Fred and Ginger film; a dreamy romantic waltz, a heart-rending flamenco, a flamboyant quickstep and, of course, the passionate Argentine Tango, which is the couple's signature dance.
Vincent and Flavia are well supported by a sparkling ensemble of eight talented dancers, a wonderful orchestra and Matthew Gent, whose excellent vocals reflect the many different moods and styles of the times.
Costumes, designed by the brilliant Vicky Gill, are elegant, whimsical, sophisticated and dramatic, providing the icing on the cake.
The finale Argentine Tango, with its impossibly fast kicks and flicks, is jaw-dropping and thoroughly deserved the standing ovation from an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. A tour de force.
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