The Windows on the World Series presents Argentinian drum and dance ensemble Che Malambo on Mar. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Midland Center for the Arts.
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.
Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions 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.
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 brief, but highly successful, 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. In 2016, the company performed in over 32 cities worldwide. In 2017, the company returned to U.S. and Europe for full tours to introduce audiences of all ages, from all over the world, to their version of the thrilling Argentine Malambo. After a highly successful 2017 touring season, they are thrilled to be back and engaging with audiences in their U.S. and Canada tour.
The Windows on the World Series features artists from around the country and across the globe sharing their cultural heritage. Each performance ends with a casual post-show party.
Tickets are $25 and $15, plus fees, and are available at midlandcenter.org, at the Center Ticket Office, or by calling 800-523-7649. The Windows on the World Series is supported by the Midland Area Community Foundation, Momentum Midland and the Downtown Midland Business Association, Dan and Sarah Opperman, and ESPN 100.9 FM