CHE MALAMBO
CHE MALAMBO

Che Malambo

CHE ... MALAMBO !
First and unique performance in the world of Malambo
They have the strength and the power of a horde in full gallop , the grace and spirit of Argentinean dancers , the beauty of those that are free . They are fourteen on stage .Only the men dance the malambo, a gaucho tradition,( those cow-boys from the pampas) . A genuine outlet that asks for dexterity and un-compared energy , Malambo carries everything in its way and leaves us astounded , and exhausted,.
They stamp their heeled boots or their bare feet on the roughly treated floor ,keep the rhythm with the bombo, tambourine of wood and hide , hold and turn the boleados , originally 2 or 3 leather straps full of stones . No folk dancing here but dancers who have strong technique that allows very physical sequences . Gilles Brinas , dancer and French choreographer fell in love with malambo , has conceived a series of scenes capable of showing all the richness of this unbridled tradition .
Originally the Malambo , is an individual dance , exclusively masculine . Two men face to face , defining the rhythms ,confronting each other in a rhythmic duel of zapateado - stamping their feet , until one of them declares forfeit .
The solitary gaucho rarely comes down from his mount - on which he lives , sleeps and eats - thus expressing his inner strength. without doubt exteriorizing what is going through his body : his horse's rhythm .
According to Pedro Berruti , in his " Native Dance " manual , the word Malambo would be the name of an African district of a Peruvian town . The mixture of types always has a good outcome , all immigrants willing or not ; African , Slave , Latin , Anglo-Saxon and certainly some Indigenous peoples - will have tried their best to make a contribution to this unusual spirited way to dance at the beginning of the 19th century in Argentina .
Two essentially predominant styles : " El Brio del Norteno " and " La Elegancia del Sureno " .
El Norteno - The North , characterized by its strength , agility and dexterity , sustained by a natural rhythmic force translated by the bombos ( Argentinean drums ) for an unbridled and wild cavalcade . The dancers' boots are long , in thick leather , with substantial heels for strong zapateados .

El Sureno - The South , contrasts with the North by its sustained strength . The interpreter must prove his ingenuity and leave flexibility aside.
Explosive, external exuberance contrasts with a serious and solemn interior . The dancer wears light boots made of pony skin : the foal's hock is stripped , the hide is put straight on to the leg , toes stay un-covered . if the legs stay bare , the floor will be struck with the same intensity .
In the north and the south , we continue the boleadoras . The balls hit the floor in perfect unison with the dancer's feet and the bombos launch an amazing dynamic movement .
The Concept
Vibrating to the rhythm of galloping horses in the pampas .
Gauchos' grandsons who rocked to rock' n roll , have now unleashed their dance . Che Malambo ! is a contemporary energetic ballet where we can express all the virtuosity in malambo and the uncommon strength of its zapateados, bombos and boleadras .
Like a wild horde, carried away , enigmatic, there are fourteen male dancers , half-man , half-horse offering from the first breath a rhythmic dance , physical and impressive . They come from the far away pampas to tell us about their various traditions to the present time .
Programme
The sequences
1 In the beginning there was La Pampas
2 The horses
3 The Northern horsemen
4 Las Boleadoras
5 Los Bombos
6 The Southern horsemen
7 Celebration
This 'danced' play has nothing to do with whatever the folklore image largely diffused today in Argentina . Rhythmic symphony which idiom is ZAPATEADO . Man has always stamped on the earth for his pain and his joys . The first codification comes from India's Kerala region.
Today we present the Argentinean ZAPATEADO to you , the audience
Gille Brinas
CHE ... MALAMBO !
An energetic contemporary ballet ,
where all the virtuosity of the malambo is expressed .
A VIBRANTE dance .
A LATINO " stomp ".
It's caliente ! We can't resist the beauty of these bodies , the technique , the tonicity and the virility of these dancers that perpetuate an ancestral, Argentinean cultural tradition .
A thoroughbred performance , with wildly sexual or primal energy and virtuosity on diabolic rhythms of the bombo ( big drum ) .... The choreography is signed Gilles Brinas a former dancer from Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon and Ballet Béjart .
A masculine duel, a confrontation based on stamping on, the floor, the malambo is an original dance from the gauchos in the Argentinean pampas, intended to while away their long evenings Through the determination of Gilles Brinas and the assembled group around him, the malambo comes on to stage and give themselves in a performance . And what a performance ! A dance with energy , fed by strong zapateados , stamping of boots, exhorted by the fever of the drums, pushed to the peak , until the limits of exhaustion by the competitive spirit of the dancers .
Like a wild horde , carried , enigmatic . They are fourteen male dancers , half-man , half-horse offering from the very first breath a rhythmic dance , physical and impressive at the same time . They come from the far away Pampas to tell us their tradition ...
" Che... Malambo !" is an energetic performance .
It leaves the players and the public breathless .
. Everything invites us to the rhythmic festival , without holding back , sensual and strong .
During 90 minutes , the fourteen artists communicate their passion and energy with vehemence .
A PERCUSSIVE performance .

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