Q: What can audiences look forward to about Tango Moderno?
Flavia: “It’s our first show that’s set in the modern day and it’s set in a city. It’s left to the audience to work out where the city is, but it’s quite urban.
“The main difference is that we’re not going to be characters in the show, but rather we’ll be narrating it through dance, with an urban poet helping tell the story.
Vincent: “It’s a very modern story that reflects what’s happening at the moment, with all these gadgets and phones and internet dating.”
Q: It’s billed as your hottest, most thrilling and audacious show yet. Can you elaborate on that?
Flavia: “We’ve done three shows that have all been based around love stories, where we meet, break up, get back together.
“We didn’t want to come back with another show about the same thing. It’s going to be more flamboyant.”
Vincent: “I’m really happy we’re doing this because as Flavia says we’ve done shows set in the past and people see us as being from that era.
“That comes from the ballroom thing, Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack. But we’ve done that and this time we wanted to push ourselves and use modern songs with choreographically up-to-date storytelling”.
Q: What is the soundtrack this time round?
Vincent: “It’s much more contemporary. We have some songs that have been on the radio this year, like Human by Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran – which is very new for us.”
Flavia: “But there are also some beautiful ballads in there which will allow us to do a waltz and a foxtrot.
“The tango music isn’t traditional because it wouldn’t fit the theme, but there’s a lot of modern tango music out there.”
Q: What are the big challenges for you as performers with this particular show?
Vincent: “The thing that’s really new for us is that we’re not going to be the protagonists.
“We don’t have strong characters that the story revolves around, we revolve around other stories. But it doesn’t mean there’s less of us in the show than usual.”
Flavia: “We’re basically Cupid’s arrow so we try to make people meet, we try to make them fall in love, we try to manipulate them.”
Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace will be bringing their show Tango Moderno to Sunderland Empire from November 20-22 – and you could be there for free.
We have a pair of tickets to give away for opening night.
The show is the latest production by Vincent and Flavia: dance partners for more than two decades, world champions, Strictly favourites and acclaimed West End stage stars, whose previous productions Midnight Tango, Dance Til Dawn and The Last Tango have all been acclaimed, sell-out hits.
Having originally intended The Last Tango to be their farewell tour, Flavia said: “Vincent and I spoke at the end of the last tour and we decided that we wanted to continue; we love dancing together, we are having so much fun and a year after our last UK tour, we are more excited than ever to share this new work.”
The new production, directed by Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director Karen Bruce, fuses together ballroom, Latin, and Argentine tango.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to opening night at the Empire, answer this question:
On which show did Vincent and Flavia rise to fame?
A) Strictly Come Dancing
B) The X Factor
C) Pop Idol.
Send your answer and contact details on a postcard to Vincent and Flavia competition, Katy Wheeler, Johnston Press North East, 2nd Floor, Alexander House, 1 Mandarin Road, Rainton Bridge Business Park, Houghton, Sunderland, DH4 5RA.
Alternatively, email your answer and contact details to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk. Closing date for entries is Wednesday, November 15