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Argentine dance ensemble closes out VPAC winter season at Beaver Creek

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Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions to the stage at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 12. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength and dexterity.

If you go …

What: Che Malambo.

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12. April 12.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.

Cost: $10 for students, $45 for adults

More information: Tickets are available now at the Vilar Center box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center will conclude its 2016-17 winter season with an Argentine dance ensemble Che Malambo on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The company excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos and singing and whirling lassos with stones on the end called boleadoras.

a spectacle for all

Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, Che Malambo’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. French choreographer and former ballet dancer Gilles Brinas directs this powerhouse all-male company of gauchos.

Like many who fall under the spell of traditional dances, Brinas was 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 the area.

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, they came back for a limited engagement, performing at the opening night of New York City Center’s annually sold-out series Fall for Dance. Now, they’re back for a full U.S. tour to introduce audiences of all ages, from all across America, to their version of the thrilling Argentine Malambo.

Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is suited 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.


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