For years now, I had been trying to find the name of a couple I recalled seeing in a performance that I had found extremely memorable. I finally found out that I had it myself, in a long-forgotten dvd. And I am sharing it with you.
To give you some context: the couple is performing to Celia Cruz’s song “Salsa de Tomate” which translates to “Tomato Sauce” (not a reference to dancing, but to the sauce). The theme of the song is about cooking a turkey (for the holidays, I presume) and the chorus is “put more tomato sauce on the turkey”. It’s a fast, up-beat and fun song, one of my favorites by Celia Cruz.
For the performance, the leader is costumed as a cook, and the follower is wearing a brown feathered costume, imitating a turkey, and at several points in the routine, they mime cooking gestures: he mixes the sauce in the pot, sprinkles salt and pepper on her, applies butter to her legs…
Although the in-detail musicality is not great, they play so much into the themes of the song that the choreography works very well at a different level.
Here is the video: