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Tacoteco: brilliantly-performed tango show avoids the commonplace

A scene from Tacoteco.
By Alfredo Cernadas
For The Herald
Long gone are the days when tango retreated back to the limited field of dance and music, when tango performances were not as popular and not as widespread as they are today, enjoyed by young and old, on and off stage, on records and on screen, by small ensembles and symphony orchetras in concert halls. Tango is now popular all over the world, in places as unexpected as Finland and Japan.

Not to speak of Argentina, the country where it was born, and where it went through a rather lacklustre period. It has recently bloomed triumphantly and is popular with women and men, professional and amateur performers. In the latter class there are several instrumental and dance groups, such as the oddly named Tacoteco, which derives from taco (shoe heel) and teco (just a fanciful idea). It is the result of the efforts of choreographer/director Ignacio González Cano and producer Diego Restivo.

Stagewise, the Tacoteco show is simple: the story is about what goes on backstage and on stage in a dance group. Professsional demands, human relationships, fatigue, jealousy, camaraderie. What truly matters is not so much what goes on but how it is told. This is where González Cano shines, in the way he tells the story, and in the way his dancers communicate. Young as this choreographer is, he has had plenty of previous training with Mora Godoy, Los Amados, Jean-Francois Casanovas and other greats. And it produces excellent results. The production avoids the commonplace and is brilliantly performed by an excellent cast.

The Quasimodo Trio members are equally inspired in the instrumental backing. This compliment also applies to the spectacular dresses by Nélida Bellomo, but the adequate lighting by Sergio Iriarte was adequate. A last, starry touch: the off stage voice of no less than TV tango show host Silvio Soldán.

Where & When:

Tango drama. At Hasta Trilce, Maza 177. Tel: 4862-1758. Saturdays at 00.30.

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