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February 02, 2018

DANCECleveland and 'Tri-C Presents' to Bring Argentine Powerhouse Company Che Malambo to the Ohio Theatre March 17

"The men dance with a power and passion that builds into a kind of ecstasy." The Boston Globe

DANCECleveland and 'Tri-C Presents' to Bring

Argentine Powerhouse Company Che Malambo

to the Ohio Theatre March 17

CLEVELAND (January 23, 2018) The hard-driving, mesmerizing dance company from Argentina, Che Malambo, will perform at the Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.

co-presented by DANCECleveland and Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). Che Malambo is known worldwide for its dynamic blend of footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song, which is at the heart of the gaucho tradition.

Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased at or call 216-241-6000 or visit the Playhouse Square ticket office at 1501 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

The all-male, 14-member company, which premiered in Paris in 2007, was created by renowned Parisian dancer and choreographer Gilles Brinas, who traveled to the Pampas region of Argentina to engage with the gauchos (South American cowboys) and further his exploration of their traditions. Inspired by the dance and the talent of its exponents, Brinas created a company to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences.

Malambo, the name of the rhythmic dance form which arrived in Argentina from Africa, began in the 17th century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility, strength and dexterity among the gauchos. It soon evolved to include its hallmark Zapeteo, the fast-pace footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. In addition to Zapateo, Malmabo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made of intertwined cords and weighted with stones.

"The dancers sent the audience into uproarious applause." The New York Times

Brinas has performed with prestigious dance companies throughout Europe including Ballet de l'Opra de Lyon, the Ballet of the twentieth century by Maurice Bjart at LaScala in Milan, and the Brand Ballet de France and in the company of Robert Hossein. In addition to founding the Ballet DEA in 1979, Brinas has choreographed works for Beinnale de la Danse.

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About DANCECleveland: DANCECleveland, a Cleveland, Ohio based non-profit, is one of a handful of presenters in the nation that is dedicated solely to the presentation of modern and contemporary dance. The centerpiece of the organization's programming is its annual performance series. The performances are surrounded by an array of educational outreach events including artist-run master classes, residency programs, student matinees, pre-performance lectures and post-performance Q&A sessions, designed both to break artistic boundaries and provide community access to the dance aesthetic and dance luminaries that DANCECleveland brings to Northeast Ohio.

DANCECleveland's 2017-2018 Season is generously supported by:

DANCECleveland is also generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund DANCECleveland with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Char & Chuck Fowler Family Foundation The George Gund Foundation

George W. Codrington Foundation

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