SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Argentine-based dance company Che Malambo will soon make its debut in the Spa City, with a celebration of Argentinian culture surrounding its performance.
A company of all-male dancers, Che Malambo will bring Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center stage, with an 8 p.m. show on July 20.
Hailing from Argentina, the percussive dance troupe presents a percussive dance and music spectacle, exciting audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming and singing. The performers celebrate the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho.
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 zapeteo, Malambo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombo, and whirling boleadoras — a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords weighted with stones.
Gilles Brinas, a dancer, director and choreographer, 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 to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences.
The Che Malambo all-male and all-Argentinian company is comprised by…
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