Che Malambo – Student Matinee
March 10, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday, March 10
Grade recommendation: Elementary school through High School
Curriculum connections: Music, Dance, World Civilization
Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, Che Malambo’s work celebrates the unique South American gaucho tradition. The Argentine-based company excites audiences through precise footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Che Malambo brings these fiery traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family.
Malambo, a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song, is at the heart of the gaucho (South American cowboy) tradition and is now thrilling audiences around the world with this new production created by renowned choreographer Gilles Brinas.
The Paris-based Brinas first learned about Malambo while researching traditional dances. He soon fell under its spell and travelled to the Pampas region of Argentina to engage with the gaucho and further his exploration of their traditions. Inspired by the dance and the talent of its exponents, Brinas created Che Malambo so as to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences. Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility, strength and dexterity among the gaucho. It soon evolved to include its hallmark, zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses.
In addition to Zapateo, Malambo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones. Since its premiere in Paris in 2007, Che Malambo has performed around the world, including a highly successful 32-city world tour in the 2015/16 season. It returns to North America in fall 2015 for a limited engagement at New York City Center’s sold-out Fall for Dance Series, followed by a coast-to-coast tour in the 2015/16 season.
Steven Hoffman, Executive Director at the Norton Center for the Arts:
“One-part machismo dance, one-part Argentinian percussion, these young men will keep our audience members on the edge of their seats. Dance has never been so explosive!”