2 August 2014
Reviewed by Hannah Abbott
We have just got home from Tangomotion at the Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester and it was so amazing that I couldn’t wait to get home to write about it. We were really sceptical when we arrived at the Quays Theatre at the Lowry and half of the stage was occupied by musical instruments, all we were expecting to see was a typical dance performance – but this was far from it.
On first arrival at The Lowry we thought we were going to struggle to find somewhere to park but once we reached the 4th level of the multi-storey we found plenty of parking, not sure whether this would have been the case had we arrived slightly later. Rather than heading to a bar in The Lowry Theatre we headed straight to a bar inside the Lowry Outlet, because we spent a minimum of £5 we got 4 hours free parking (4 hours parking should cost £5.50). When we finally went to the theatre we were greeted by courteous and friendly staff, but this has been the case whenever we have been to The Lowry, they clearly take pride in their theatre.
When the show started nothing could have prepared us for the elegance, skill and confidence held by the 4 dancers but this show would have been nothing without the magical musical performances of the band Tango Siempre. A special mention needs to be made to Jonathan Taylor the pianist and host of the show, whether he meant to be funny or not we will never know, but this highly skilled musician and composer added a hint of comedy that brought the audience together and helped make the show flow adding an extra special atmosphere into the theatre.
At the start of the show Jonathan introduced everyone and explained how the show was going to work, this helped put those of us who didn’t know what to expect at ease. I was initially worried when I discovered the show was 2 hours long, but with the elements of history that Jonathan told and the musical compositions added by Tango Siempre that were played whilst the dancers changed outfits helped focus the audience and keep us interested.
Although the show wasn’t flawless and the dancers experienced a few hiccups in the first few dances, they were highly professional and their skill shone through as they continued to dance as though no mistakes or hiccups had occurred. Both couples that danced had amazing skill and left me feeling jealous that I’m not that elegant or co-ordinated especially as the female partners were lifted and spun around on stage by their male companions. As Tango is traditionally improvised both couples performed some improvised pieces, these were the most spectacular elements of the show and were performed to the highest standard. In the interval we were wondering whether the two couples would dance together on stage as Tango is traditionally danced in Tango salons, but we thought they wouldn’t due to space restrictions – oh how we were wrong! What an amazing finale to showcase the talents of all involved simultaneously.
If you like watching dancers or even if you just like to listen to amazing musical arrangements this show is fantastic and definitely one not to be missed.
For more information about Tangomotion visit www.tangomotion.co.uk.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000