Tuesday, March 20
FREE pre-performance talk with the artists, 1 - 2 p.m., Weis Center Atrium Lobby
Che Malambo, an Argentine-based company, 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 all-male group's work celebrates gaucho, the unique South American cowboy tradition. This powerhouse of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Che Malambo brings fiery malambo traditions to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength and dexterity. Zapateo, the fast-paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.