Saturday, April 22 2017
This powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company excites audiences with their percussive dance and music spectacle: a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song born from the heart of the South American gaucho (cowboy) tradition.
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 bombo, and whirling boleadoras -- a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords weighted with stones.
Che Malambo, created by French director and choreographer Gilles Brinas, has been thrilling audiences around the world since its premiere in Paris in 2007. 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, he created Che Malambo to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences.
Gilles Brinas is a dancer, director, and choreographer and has 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), 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. Among his many honors are awards from the Bagnolet competition and the Charles Oulmont Foundation.
Don’t miss this thrilling production of Che Malambo!
This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. If tickets remain at 1:00 PM, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill. The shows goes on rain or shine.
Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre