Bovim Ballet' sensual 'Tango Nights'

2009-05-05 00:00

SPICY, sensual, passionate the Bovim Ballet’s Tango Nights is not your average ballet. The Cape Town-based company performed the work at the Playhouse last week and watching it was a rare pleasure.

Tango Nights combines the allure and sensuality of tango with the athleticism of rock ballet on pointe and includes wonderful music, like the powerful version of Roxanne from the film Moulin Rouge.

Helping to make the performance a visual feast was the incredible lighting by Daniel Galloway, Karl Staub’s simple set and the stunning choreography of Sean Bovim.

The ballet tells the story of Roxanna, the tempestuous hostess of the Tango Café, who seduces and then falls in love with the head waiter, Carlos. The key roles of Roxanna and Carlos were performed by the exceptional Kerryn Howard and Andre Sauer, whose duets were both stunning and incredibly sensual.

Other dancers who impressed were Kirsten Isenberg and Shaun Murphy, who played café owners, Isabella and Miguel, and performed two scorching duets involving a table, and James Bradley and Ignatius van Heerden as two young men competing for Roxanna’s affections.

Adding a little humour to the show was Grant Swift as Rolf, the café pianist, who gets increasingly inebriated as the performance goes on.

Tango Nights is one of the best new ballets I have seen in many years. If you missed it, you missed out.

Estelle Sinkins

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