Hot Latin moves fail to ignite a proper fire
This article is from 2009.
You can’t help but feel cheated by this show. Promising to be a ‘Brazilian cabaret variety show fusing samba, funk, afro and jazz dance routines with theatrical and seductive compositions’, it’s more of a sparse two-woman routine taking place in an old, forgotten dive in a tired corner of Rio (should such a place exist).
Billed as being an hour long, it actually only lasts 45 minutes, the last ten of which are filled by audience members who are asked to rumba and shake their stuff on stage. Admittedly, the antics of a few of the men who ended up in the spotlight were hilarious, but even they couldn’t make up for the lack of overall wow factor.
Seating is on plastic stools at cheap tables, around which the two dancers venture bravely at times. They’re obviously talented – miming with keen expression and dancing well – and admirers of elegant bum-shaking will find much to enjoy. But even against the sounds of lovely big samba beats and cool Latin grooves, there isn’t enough here to make a compelling show, especially not in the face of spectacular Brazilian acts such as the Capoeira Knights.
C Central, 0845 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 9.20pm, £8.50–£10.50