The powerful joy of Argentina’s Che Malambo is palpable – they are simply riveting to watch. In their 12 years of touring the world, thousands of spectators have fallen under the Malambo spell. Their percussive and intricate footwork is blended with the rhythms and songs at the heart of their gaucho traditions. Like horses storming the stage, these 12 dynamo dancers bring passion and vitality to this exquisite evening. In bringing a spectrum of dance styles to our stages, NAC Dance is thrilled to welcome Che Malambo for this premiere performance. Enjoy!
Concept, Choreography, Staging & Musical Composition: Gilles Brinas
Choreography developed in collaboration with the artists of Che Malambo using their artistic input and individual techniques.
Lighting Concept & Design: Gilles Brinas
Rhythm and Music Composition inspired by traditional Argentine folk music and performed by the artists of Che Malambo.
Malambo is a centuries-old contest dance traditionally practiced by gauchos, or South American cowboys. Che Malambo reinvigorates the unique tradition in a fiery, thrilling spectacle of percussive dance and music.
The Argentine-based company, Che Malambo, excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse all-male company of gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas.
Like many who fall under the spell of traditional dances, Gilles Brinas is fascinated and troubled by the Malambo. He flew to Buenos Aires in search of this dance so typical of the Pampa 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. The Malambo is filled with deeply personal solos reflecting this rich tradition. Brinas was inspired by the talented artists he found in Buenos Aires and was moved to create the company Che Malambo from the best Malambo dancers in Argentina.
After premiering in Paris in 2007 and sporadically touring around the world, Che Malambo embarked on a three-city U.S. tour in 2013. In 2015, the company was invited for a limited engagement performing on the opening night of New York City Center’s annually sold-out series, Fall for Dance.
Since 2016, the company has performed in over 100 cities in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle Eastn including four North American tours and week-long runs in London, Berlin, Cologne and a 60 performance, three-month run in Paris, France.
Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions, live music and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.