CHE MALAMBO BRINGS 14 ARGENTINE MALE DANCERS AND DRUMMERS TO PORTLAND FOR A DAZZLING SHOW.
WHITE BIRD PRESENTS PORTLAND DEBUT OF CHE MALAMBO, THE WORLD-ACCLAIMED
DYNAMIC ALL-MALE ARGENTINE GAUCHO DANCE COMPANY.
THIS THRILLING PROGRAM FEATURES PRECISION FOOTWORK, RHYTHMIC STOMPING,
AND POWERFUL DRUMMING.
What: Che Malambo, from Argentina
Presented by: White Bird
When: Tuesday & Wednesday, April 25-26, 2017
Where: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, SW Broadway/Main, Portland
Sponsors: Gary Nelson, Minh Tran & Chris Greenaway; Neil Kelly ;Media Sponsor The Oregonian
Tickets: Starting at $26, available at whitebird.org and Portland’5 Box Office,
1111 SW Broadway (formerly PCPA) NO added fees.
Discounts available for groups/students and seniors.
White Bird is excited to present the Portland debut of the breathtaking Argentine dance and drumming company, Che Malambo for two nights at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 & 26. Celebrating the unique South American cowboy tradition of gaucho, the powerhouse all-male company, Che Malambo, has elicited worldwide acclaim and has excited audiences around the globe by bringing a percussive dance and music spectacle to the contemporary stage.
Che Malambo is the inspiration of White Bird’s 17th Annual Outreach Project with Portland Public Schools, focusing on the Arts and Culture of Argentina and South America. It comprises a multi-disciplinary curriculum created by a core group of PPS teachers and culminates in a free matinee performance by Che Malambo for 2,700 PPS students and teachers at the Schnitzer on April 26.
Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song which originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas (lowlands). It evolved from competitive duels amongst the Argentine gauchos (South American cowboys) that tested agility, strength and dexterity. It has changed over time 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. The 14 Che Malambo dancers are spectacular in their charismatic presence and awe-inspiring agility, demonstrating the beauty, fluidity, strength, and sheer bravado of this fascinating performance tradition.
Che Malambo is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Like many who fall under the spell of traditional dances, Brinas was fascinated by the Malambo. He flew to Buenos Aires in search of this dance so typical of the Pampas 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, and was moved to create the company Che Malambo with the best Malambo dancers in the area. After premiering in Paris in 2007 and sporadically touring around the world, Che Malambo embarked on a brief, but highly successful U.S. tour in 2013. In October 2015 they returned for a limited engagement at the opening night of New York City Center’s annually sold-out series Fall for Dance and received prolonged standing ovations. White Bird is proud to welcome Che Malambo on its first full North American tour.
A dancer, director and choreographer, Gilles Brinas performed with prestigious dance companies throughout Europe including Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon (under the direction of Vittorio Biagi and Miklo Sparemblek), the Ballet of the Twentieth Century by Maurice Béjart at La Scala in Milan (choreographer Amedeo Amodio) and the Grand Ballet de France and in the company of Robert Hossein (choreographer George Skibine). In addition to founding the Ballet DEA in 1979, Brinas has choreographed works for Beinnale de la Danse. Amongst his many honors are awards from the Bagnolet competition and the Charles Oulmont Foundation.