Storming the stage at the KL International Arts Festival 2017 is Che Malambo, a group of 12 dashing Argentine men dancing the malambo, with precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras. It is a thrilling mixed presentation of percussive dance and music spectacle, guaranteed to excite audiences.

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Malambo is a 17th century dance which began as competitive duels that challenged skills of agility, strength and dexterity. The rhythm of galloping horses in Argentina inspired the fast-paced footwork of the Malambo. In turn, Che Malambo’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho.

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This traditional folk dance was brought to the international stage of performing arts by renowned French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. It was a journey that was wrought with challenges, considering that the Argentines are purists who want to protect their traditional dance form.

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Che Malambo’s world premiere was in 2007, naturally in Paris. The power-packed performance of rhythm, percussion, strength and energy was unlike anything seen before, and the group has continued to mesmerise audiences since then.

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For dance and music enthusiasts, the fiery and virtuosic Che Malambo is certainly a performance not to be missed! The 90-minute presentation is only for two days (2nd and 3rd September) at 8.30pm.

For ticket information, log on to www.DiverseCity.my or email info@diversecity.my

Event: The KL International Arts Festival (KLIAF): Che Malambo
Venue: Auditorium DBKL, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 2nd & 3rd Sept, 2017
Time: 8.30pm

Image credit: Diane Smithers Photography

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