Napoletango Review

Last night I was invited to the press night of Napoletango, an Italian dance show. I went into the theatre not really knowing what to expect and came out not really knowing what had happened.

The first half of the show charted the creation of the dance troupe and the yearning of everybody – they all wanted to dance tango. Not being much of an Italian speaker, I was glad to see surtitles giving the gist of what was being said on stage. However, I didn’t think the surtitles gave enough of what was happening so was forced to rely on the synopsis in the programme. As the first half shows the troupe gathering and preparing for the show, one may be mistaken for thinking that the second half would be the show. Nope. Disappointingly, the second half only featured two actual Tango numbers and a lot more “movement”.

Interestingly, according to the press notes, the show only features two professional dancers. Bearing this in mind, the movement in the show looked great but I think if you want to see a “dance show” this is probably not the show for you. However, if you want to see a story of the evolution of a dance troupe with some interesting scenes and a fair amount of audience interaction, this might just be the show for you.


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