"A thrilling display...fourteen stomping,drumming, roaring men pounded rapid-fire rhythms into the ground with many surfaces of their feet - heels, toes, inside and especially the outside edges - and with spinning boleadoras, floor skimming stones attaced to lassos...a rousing group spectacle." -THE NEW YORK TIMES
The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company, Che Malambo, excites audiences with their percussive dance and music spectacle. Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song which originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas. It evolved from competitive duels amongst the Argentine gaucho (South American cowboy) that tested agility, strength and dexterity. It soon evolved to include what is now its hallmark, zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo also features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones.
Che Malambo brings a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle to the contemporary stage. The company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse company of gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Like many who fall under the spell of traditional dances, he was fascinated and troubled by the Malambo. He flew to Buenos Aires in search of this dance so typical of the Pampa region of Argentina. Brinas was drawn to the particular rhythms, the haunting characters, and the lonely expressions of the gaucho who spends his life on horseback.
What: UA Presents Che Malambo
When: Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 PM
Where: Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona Campus
Tickets: Starting at $15 (kids). Purchase tickets HERE.
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