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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Event: The KL International Arts Festival (KLIAF): Che Malambo
Venue: Auditorium DBKL, Kuala Lumpur
Date: 2nd & 3rd Sept, 2017
Image credit: Diane Smithers Photography
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