Argentina’s ‘Che Malambo’ Gauchos To Storm The NOBA Stage In New Orleans, Perform At Fundraising Gala, Local Schools

NEW ORLEANS – For the finale of their 2015-16 Main Stage season, the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) presents the percussive dance and music spectacle from Argentina, Che Malambo, on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at 8:00 p.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts, 1419 Basin St.

         With rapid-fire rhythms, precision footwork, drumming of the bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end), Che Malambo celebrates the unique South American cowboy traditions of the gaucho. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th Century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, dexterity and zapateo (the fast paced footwork inspired by rhythm of galloping horses).

         Directed by French choreographer Gilles Brinas, this powerhouse, all-male company of 14 gauchos brings the fiery Malambo traditions to the contemporary stage for an exciting show that is perfect for the entire family.

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         Sud-Ouest France hails, “Explosive Latin ‘stomp’…spectacular and pure magic.”

         Splash Magazine reviewed the show as, “A sight to behold and hear…a window to a rugged horseman's soul."

         Tickets, on sale now, start at $25.50, and discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more, students and seniors are all available here.

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         In honor of the touring troupe, Ballet Resource And Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) will present “Una Noche en Argentina – ¡Viva el Malambo!,” a special fundraising event featuring an exclusive performance by Che Malambo, with dinner, dancing, and more, on Friday, May 6, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave.

         The evening will celebrate Argentina with traditional cuisine by Chef Adolfo Garcia of La Boca and Primitivo, Argentinean wines, a silent auction and music by Julio & Cesar. Additionally, on Wednesday, May 4, all benefactors are invited to a grand seated dinner at Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts' newly renovated space, Marché, in the romance of the French Quarter with breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.

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         BRAVO’s fundraising activities provide critical support for the New Orleans Ballet Association’s award-winning youth programs, including more than 5,500 tuition-free dance classes and after-school activities at 13 community sites and the presentation of world-renowned dance companies on New Orleans stages.

         Ticket packages to “Una Noche en Argentina – ¡Viva el Malambo!” can be purchased here.

 

         On Thursday, May 5, and Monday, May 9, Che Malambo will conduct a series of residency activities in New Orleans, including lecture demonstrations in schools, Malambo master classes and workshops.

         Che Malambo is sponsored by the Pan-American Life Insurance Group. Accommodations are sponsored by the Sheraton New Orleans hotel and welcomed by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and El Tiempo.

         Che Malambo is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts.

 

 

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