Bay Chamber brings gaucho dancers to Strom
Rockport — Bay Chamber Concerts is bringing Che Malambo to Midcoast Maine as the Argentinean dance company returns to North America following a limited engagement at the sold-out Fall for Dance series at New York City Center.
Following two free student matinees, Che Malambo will give a public performance Tuesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. at the Strom Auditorium of Camden Hills Regional High School, off Route 90.
The men of Che Malambo will fill the stage with fast-paced footwork, explosive drumming, and whirling lasso boleadoras. Their thrilling display of dance and music celebrates the unique traditions of the South American cowboy. Danced solely by men, the traditional malambo began in the 17th century as a competitive duel that challenged agility, strength and speed. In addition to the 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.
Today, Che Malambo performs the dance style re-imagined in an exhilarating, entertaining performance by a company of 14 Argentinean gauchos. Che Malambo has been thrilling audiences around the world since its premiere in Paris in 2007.
As part of Bay Chamber’s Community Engagement Program, Che Malambo will perform for Maine school children from the local area and beyond including Rockland, Brownsville, Medomak, Blue Hill and Damariscotta and more. Study guides are provided to schoolteachers and home school families in advance to prepare students with an understanding of the cultural and historical value of this program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.