Argentine dance sensation heads to Strom

Mar 02, 2017
Che Malambo

Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts is bringing the powerhouse all-male Argentine dance company Che Malambo to the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, Route 90. Following two free student matinees, as part of Bay Chamber’s Community Engagement Program, Che Malambo will give a public performance Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

Malambo is a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song, which live at the heart of the South American gaucho, or cowboy. Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility, strength and dexterity among the gaucho.

In addition to its hallmark zapeteo — the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses — Malambo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombo and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords weighted with stones.

Che Malambo has been thrilling audiences around the world since its premiere in Paris in 2007. The group returns to North America following a limited engagement at the sold-out Fall for Dance series at New York City Center.

The matinees and evening performance are made possible by the generosity of Partners for Enrichment, an arts education advocacy organization for the Hope, Appleton and Lincolnville schools; and concert sponsors The Camden Herald and Lord Camden Inn.

Tickets to the public performance are $30, $10 younger than 25, available at baychamberconcerts.org or by calling 236-2823.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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