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CHE MALAMBO

TUE & WED | 7:30pm
APRIL 25-26, 2017
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall



“Stomping, drumming, roaring…rapid-fire rhythms” - The New York Times

ARGENTINA

FOR ALL AGES

Running time: 115 minutes, including one intermission

Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility and strength among the gaucho (Argentine cowboys). From Argentina comes Che Malambo, with 14 unbelievably powerful men, who will introduce you to the zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses, and the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras  (throwing weapons of cords and stones).

Sponsored By: GARY NELSON, MINH TRAN & CHRIS GREENAWAY

Talking Points:

Che Malambo is an Argentine company founded and directed by French dancer Gilles Brinas.  The company features 14 outstanding men.  Malambo, a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility, strength and dexterity among the gaucho (South American cowboy).

Che Malambo is an Argentine company founded and directed by French dancer Gilles Brinas.

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 travelled to the Pampas region of Argentina to engage with the gaucho and further his exploration of their traditions.

Brinas created Che Malambo 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.

Gilles Brinas is a renowned dancer and choreographer.  He has danced for prestigious companies throughout Europe including Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, and has choreographed works for Beinnale de la Danse.  Amongst his many honors are awards from the Bagnolet competition and the Charles Oulmont Foundation.

Che Malambo features 14 powerful Argentine men.

Siobhan Burke of the New York Times describes the form of the men, “the pawing, galloping footwork and legwork, which often accelerate into a swiveling blur of motion below the waist; the astoundingly elastic ankles that support balancing, improbably, on the outside edges of the feet; the speed with which the dancers, their chests held proud and legs darting out from under them, can swallow up space.”

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Venue

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, 97205 United States
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Website:
http://www.portland5.com/arlene-schnitzer-concert-hall

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