Burning Down the House With Flair and Fancy Footwork
The Age Melbourne August 2007
The dancers are highly accomplished and the music is fabulous. By the end of the evening tango had worked its magic on us all, giving rise to whistling and shouted applause and multiple curtain calls.
The Age (Melbourne August 2007)
Cultural high point: Anyone who didn’t see “Tango Fire” at Town Hall on November 12, with the troupe dancing to the music of the greatest composer of the twentieth century, Astor Piazzolla, missed out on the most important music and dance event all century. I could explain why, but you really had to be there.
New York Magazine Dec 2006
Tango That's Playful as Well as Passionate
If you like tango shows in one shade -- dark and brooding -- the Argentine company Tango Fire isn't for you. This troupe of five couples, takes dancing seriously but also emanates a playful grasp of theater. ''Tango Fire,'' which was performed twice on Sunday at Town Hall, glides along as smoothly as an express train without ever derailing into a pseudo-seduction melodrama. The show presents a fresh look at the tango form. Part of the allure is the numerous, exceptionally well-cut costumes, created by the show's wardrobe manager, Maria Spingola. The excellent orchestra, Quatrotango, was led by the youthful, shaggy-haired Gabriel Clenar, who directed three musicians while he played the piano. Diego Fama was the singer. ''Tango Fire'' transformed the theater from a nightclub atmosphere in ''The Milonga'' to a more traditional display of stage dancing in ''The Show.'' In the first half, as couples performed tangos in the center, other dancers stood or sat at tables along the perimeter of the stage, arguing and gossiping with adorable precision. In the second half two couples -- Pablo Sosa and Mariela Maldonado, and Mauricio Celis and Inés Cuesta -- added complicated lifts to their numbers and daring speed, their legs cutting and dividing the air like machetes. No couple, however, was as beautifully lavish as Luciano Capparelli and Rocío de los Santos. In each of their tangos, tension gave way to voluptuous softness, and powerful overhead lifts melted onto the floor in silken extensions. As the title goes, they were on fire.
The New York Times Nov 2006
“… a sizzling, sensual taste of the real thing … sexual electricity crackling at the arch of an eyebrow, exploding at the twitch of a hip. Turning the genteel confines of Sloane Square’s Cadogan Hall into a sea of writhing libido takes some doing, but Tango Fire pulls it off”
The Evening Standard (London Sept 2006)
“A dazzling and sophisticated show”
The Scotsman (Edinburgh Festival Review 2006) “Combines a virtuoso four-piece band with seriously sophisticated tango”
TOP FIVE Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh Festival 2006)
“High energy and sensual sophistication will induce beads of sweat across the brow of even the most unflappable spectator”
Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh Festival Review 2006)
“Tango Fire is back and hotter than ever”
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (2006)
Edinburgh Festival August 2005
THE SCOTSMAN, Edinburgh
LATIN American dance and the music that's indelibly tied to it are having their biggest popular resurgence in Britain for years. Dance classes are as much a part of modern urban life as cafés, and the popularity of movies such as Shall We Dance? and television's Strictly Come Dancing - with its inept soap stars and celebrity gardeners - make everyone into instant experts.
This show imported from Buenos Aires, though, is as far from that as Argentina is from Edinburgh. This is the real thing and when you see it, you know instantly that no number of lessons could get you close to capturing the artistry of tango - born of a culture where it's not a hobby but an integral part of life. It's not a dance performance as such. Four dancers appear for only around half the show, which is based on the four musicians of La Quartada Tango, who are a revelation, especially in comparison to the neutered forms of Latin music we tend to hear most often.
This music is not smooth; it's as twisty and kicky as the dance steps, and faster than seems possible, with notes spiraling and chasing each other - just as the dancers shadow and mirror each other's steps. It's dissonant, even harsh at times, but quite thrilling at others.
The musicians are extremely tight as a group, and their timing is excellent. Even without the dancers, there is plenty of drama in their performance, but when the two couples - in a succession of to-die-for outfits - are on stage, the connection between the heat of the music and the sensuality of the dance comes through.
This is not the elegant flirtation of Western ballroom, nor the rhythm-led sway of salsa, but complicated, grown-up passion.
At first, it's nostalgic, a throwback to the roots of tango in sleazy, 19th-century bars and brothels - all cocktail skirts, tailored suits and fiery jealousy. By the end of the show, though, a distinctly modern take on the dance comes through, with unusual moves showing the influence of other forms of dance, coupled with music that seems utterly contemporary. A striking and stirring show. (Andrew Mullaney)
THE LIST, Edinburgh
Sexual politics, Argentinean style
a sophisticated show … fusing jazz, classical and traditional South American sounds, the band fan the flames of the increasingly passionate dancers before them.
The two couples perform without any pretence at subtlety or innuendo – this is foreplay on the dance floor. Wearing high split cocktail dresses, feather boas and fishnets, the two women press up against their sharp-suited partners seductively. Knee joints move at lightning quick speed, as the couples intertwine legs to the driving rhythm, while a closing duet, peppered with high lifts and sudden drops, proves just how versatile modern Tango can be in the right hands THE TIMES, UK
If you are expecting some Latina bent over backwards with a rose between her teeth gliding along the parquet, you will be disappointed. There are excellent dancers whose fleetness of foot is as dazzling as the women’s frocks and the men’s black and white shoes. The dances are heavily elaborated but still maintain the characteristic intimacy as if the couples are dancing for each other rather than the audience.
The stars are the four-piece band La Quartada Tango. These are not ruffians who have grown with tango in their blood or some such romantic nonsense. They are musicians who have been to the conservatoire. The arrangements from Piazzolla as well as from less well known composers are original and clever, and the musicianship is extraordinary.
It’s easy to play together in a regular beat. But the tugging around of tempi and rhythms here requires an almost telepathic level of communication. Individually on piano, string bass, bandoneon and violin they are superb. Marcello Rebuffi wrings sounds from his violin that would have you believe the instrument itself is weeping
April/ May, 2005
Sensuous twists and turns, lightning sharp interaction between a pair of dancers, great music, sexy costumes and glamorous performers make Tango Fire a show that is full of adrenalin and good humour
(SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, Sydney)
Burning with sensual energy … leaves you wanting more … the execution is perfect, the passion intense … this is tango at its best
(SUNDAY HERALD SUN, Melbourne)
Incorporating aerial moves and some daringly sexy material, Tango Fire is a glamorous display of agility, ardour and showmanship … fiery entertainment from a high-quality production
(THE AGE, Melbourne)
This tango from Tango Fire is hot. It is precise, tight, well connected and supported by a band of exemplary musicians … pure and simple, whether upbeat or sultry, executed with clean, razor-sharp timing and emotion
(HERALD SUN, Melbourne)
… the authentic tango of Buenos Aires danced to some of the most supple, liquid tango music ever heard from a touring company … served with sensuous sizzle and grace, Tango Fire is the real deal
(THE WEST AUSTRALIAN, Perth)
Tango Fire demonstrates in a bravura performance why the tango is regarded as a national treasure … (THE ADELAIDE ADVERTISER, Adelaide)
Sex on legs
(THE COURIER MAIL, Brisbane)
Dazzling earthy passion … moments of sculptural beauty
(DOMINION POST, Wellington)
Other International Quotes…
So good it makes you shiver
(EL CORREO, Guatemala)