Next week, Caravan World Rhythms brings world class dance troupe Che Malambo to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Combining the lightning-fast footwork of Irish dancing with the heat and passion of flamenco and tango, Che Malambo takes the Vancouver stage April 11th with a new program that promises to thrill audiences with pulsating rhythms, magnetic physicality, and a delicious hint of danger.
“It’s hard to fully comprehend the pride, panache, and raw power of the South American gaucho tradition until you have encountered an ensemble like Che Malambo,” said Robert Benaroya, Managing Artistic Director of Caravan World Rhythms. “At their 2015 Vancouver premiere, audiences were mesmerized by the artists’ charisma and ferocity. We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the demand to bring back their expert drumming, fiery dancing, and exhilarating dueling. We can’t wait for Che Malambo’s triumphant return!”
Celebrated for their strength, sensuality, and speed, Che Malambo’s 14 dancers display their hypnotic rhythms and technical prowess with humour and confidence. Night after night, they create an edge-of-the-seat experience showcasing the inherent precision in every member of this highly skilled ensemble.
Founded by renowned French dancer and choreographer Gilles Brinas, Che Malambo has been delighting audiences around the world since 2007. Captivated by the South American gaucho tradition, Brinas’ interest took him to the Pampas region of Argentina to study the signature gaucho dance style, Malambo. Originally a form of competitive duel between 17th century gauchos, Malambo evolved to include zapateo.
The zapateo style is characterized by its breakneck footwork inspired by the galloping of horse hooves. Its rhythms are drawn from the traditional Argentine bombos, and its bravado is summoned with the same boldness as the gaucho tossing its whirling boleadoras (percussive lasso). Inspired by the theatrical dynamism of this art form, Brinas created Che Malambo to share it with the world.
Experience the electrifying thrills of Che Malambo in person when the troupe takes the stage at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, April 11th. Tickets available from Tickets Tonight