Che Malambo wraps up the North American portion of their first major world tour with a week long run at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival from June 29 – July 2 before continuing on for a month long tour around Europe.
With rapid-fire rhythms, precision footwork, drumming of the bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end), comes Argentina’s Che Malambo, the thrilling percussive dance and music spectacle celebrating the unique South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, dexterity and zapeteo, the fast paced footwork inspired by rhythm of galloping horses. This powerhouse, all-male company of 14 gauchos brings the fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exciting and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family.
Siobhan Burke of The New York Times writes of the Argentinian dance group:
“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.”
“…14 men of Che Malambo, an Argentine company founded and directed by the French dancer Gilles Brinas, sent the audience into uproarious applause.”
Janine Parker of The Boston Globe praised the group’s “relentless energy” and “fiery footwork”:
“The men dance with a power and passion that builds into a kind of ecstasy, and, after teasing us with their fierce solemnity”.
“[The] cast of 14 repeatedly throw down the gauntlet, their chests forward and puffed like cocks looking for a fight. The air is thick with testosterone, but also with theater. The men are handsomely and simply costumed in sleek black, and lighted in Brinas and Joshua Paul Weckesser’s now-moody, now splashy lighting design.”
Liz Thompson of The Berkshire Eagle described Che Malambo as “breathtaking”:
“Percussive sounds vibrated through the theater. Complex stimulating rhythms made on drums, by clapping hands and dynamic footwork were breathtaking.”
“I don’t know who enjoyed the performance more, the performers or the audience”
Che Malambo returns to North America in spring of 2017 and 2018.