Monday 18 December 2017

It takes two, but crowds turn out to tango

Patricia McDonagh

THE great and the good stepped out for a tango treat last night.

Acclaimed Argentinian show 'Tango Pasion -- Ultimo Tango', which has played across Europe, opened to a warm reception at the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin where it continues until October 23.

Among those who attended were President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin.

Promoter Pat Egan said the show tours continually.

"I thought it was time to bring it back," he said.

Argentine Ambassador Maria Estaer Bondanza told of her delight to see the tango, which began in the brothels of Buenos Aires and then swept the world in the 1920s, on the big stage.

"The tango started in the lower classes and was banned because it was felt that it was not for educated people," she said.

"Step by step it spread and became popular and was brought to the rest of the world."

RTE star Mary Kennedy said she had been inspired to see the performance after seeing a similar production in Edinburgh.

"They are just so toned and so good. It is such a sexy dance, I was determined to go and see the show," she said.

"What is nice is you see dancers of all ages. I have tried to take up dancing, but I don't have great rhythm."

Also attending the event, her RTE colleague Aonghus McNally insisted that some tango lessons could save Irish men from being unlucky in love.

"I'm here because about 18 months ago I did a four-week tour of Argentina and we went to see the tango show and it was stunning," he said.

"It is a brilliant dance. It is the kind of dance that Irish men wish they could do because they would be so much more successful romantically."

Irish Independent

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