Tango Fire radiated heat at The Egg on Saturday night.
On Saturday night, Tango Fire was on fire. This body of dancers and musicians from Buenos Aires ignited The Egg stage in smoking number after number that could best be described as sex with clothes on.
This is not the first time that Tango Fire has come to The Egg. The dancers and their excellent musical ensemble ripped across the board there in 2013 and 2011. But this showcase of the original dance of Argentina stands out as its best.
Five couples and four musicians gave their all to the small audience sliding and gliding, kicking and stomping, to music that was rhythmic and pulsating. The costumes – an array of gloriously shimmering evening dresses for the women – were gorgeous. And nearly every dancer, paired with their faithful partners, was polished to perfection.
The first thing you notice about the ensemble is their grooming – slick, clean and elegant. Dressed in black and white, the men in billowing ascots, the women in sparkling skirts with their hair drawn back in tight chignons, they are the vision of elite. But it was their dancing, confident and flawless, that proves they are exceptional.
Unlike most tango showcases, the stage was not cluttered with the usual table and chair. Rather the stage was wide-open so that the dances pedaling and scissored legs, slides and tosses were unimpeded.
The phenomenal musical quartet, Quarteto Fuego, comprised of a pianist Matias Feigin, bandoneon player Hugo Satorre, violinist Gemma Scalia and bassist Facundo Benavidez. Feigin hammered the keyboard while leading the other three who rose above the dancers on a platform. The music, punctuated by the soulful clips of Satorre’s bandoneon, set the exotic tone.
Of the dancers, Eber Burger and Sabrina Nogueira were the most enchanting. Their long lines and sharp attacks and immaculate execution were captivating.
Julio Jose Seffino and Carla Dominguez displayed astonishing athleticism. Dominguez was often tossed through the air, caught in the most picturesque ways by Seffino and then swept across the stage along the floor seamlessly.
Both of these couples had dazzling style.
Sebastian Alvarez and Victoria Saudelli did not quite fit the idealized Tango Fire image. Their acrobatics were awkward and painful to watch. Their duets, especially the one in which she wore a bodysuit decorated with shimmering green designs shaped like leaves, drew whoops and gasps. But these two feel short of their companion dancers’ exquisiteness. More finish was required here.
Aside from Alvarez and Saudelli, there was nothing to criticize – except for the fact that turnout for the show was low. It’s a shame that more people couldn’t have felt the generous heat radiating off Tango Fire.