One of the most fiery, flamboyant and sexy Latin dances is brought to life in a brand new musical show at the Beck Theatre.
Written by musician and author Justin Pearson, winner of the Craher Drama Prize 2001, Tango Tango tells the tale of Astor Piazolla, a passionate composer from Argentina, who was said to be the great genius of the dance genre.
Heavily influenced by jazz and classical music, Piazolla fought long and hard to defend his own music. His subsequent struggle to survive as an outsider led him eventually to revolutionise tango, turning it into one of the late 20th century's most popular forms of dance and music.
Patrick Lannigan plays the lead role in this irresistible show, which explodes with colour and movement. The seductive intimacy of tango is created by five musicians, collectively known as Tango Volcano, and two spectacular dancers.
Meanwhile, the melancholy voice of the bandoneon invokes the authentic sound of this most evocative of dances, reminiscent of when it echoed throughout the secret nightclubs and salons of Argentina, before becoming the worldwide phenomenon it is today.
* Tango Tango adds fire to The Beck on Saturday, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £16.50 from the box office, 020 8561 8371, or via the website, www.becktheatre.org.uk .