Tango, carnal and fatalistic, is danced from cheek to cheek, from crotch to crotch, under a stopping and relentlessly repetitive hypnotic rhythm. It is a garden-masochistic battle of the sexes, which always ends with the complete submission of a woman.

Tango originated in the brothels of Buenos Aires in the late 19th century, when it was danced by pimps and prostitutes, waiting for customers.

Or so we have always been forced to believe. But the truth is that two men dance together is the most traditional form of tango.

German Carnejo Wild tango is a male guide. There are 12 dancers and only three of them are women. There are four musicians. The sound is amplified and distorted. Everyone knows that tango requires two. This production often requires three.

The show is a mix of tango, modern dance, urban, malamba and circus. The feature is dangerous aerial acrobatics. The energy is fantastic.

However, if you’re expecting brilliant hair, double-breasted suits, fedora, white scarves, patent leather shoes, sandals, split skirts, deep backs, fishnet stockings, feathers and high-heeled stilettos, forget about it.

Wild tango this is not your usual tango show. It’s wilder, tougher, noisier, more uncontrollable, dirtier, aimed at a different, non-tango, purist audience.

It is always interesting to watch the crossing, the intertwining of the legs and the fast and very dangerous legs between the legs of the dancer. One mistaken killer quick kick and shin could have been torn; and not just shins.

Unfortunately, in the first act the dark wide pants worn by the men, and the way the dancers are illuminated, mean that the audience cannot see the formidable movements of the legs and feet in the sharp relief.

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Robert Tanitch reviews Wild Tango at Peacock Theatre, London

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