Caravan World Rhythms presents International Dance Sensation: Che Malambo

Caravan World Rhythms presents International Dance Sensation: Che Malambo

Back by Popular Demand, Argentina’s All-Male Dance Company Share
Sizzling Evening of Virtuosity, Athleticism, and Explosive Percussion 


Caravan World Rhythms presents the electrifying, international dance sensation Che Malambo on April 11, 2018 at 8pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Combining lightning-fast footwork with the smoldering intensity of flamenco and tango, Che Malambo will storm the stage this spring with a breathtaking new program. Hailed by critics for their “power and passion” and “mind-blowing” performances, Che Malambo promise to allure audiences with pulsating rhythms, magnetic physicality, and a delicious hint of danger.

“It’s hard to fully comprehend the pride, panache, and raw power of the South American gaucho tradition until you have encountered an ensemble like Che Malambo,” said Robert Benaroya, Managing Artistic Director of Caravan World Rhythms. “At their 2015 Vancouver premiere, audiences were mesmerized by the artists’ charisma and ferocity. We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the demand to bring back their expert drumming, fiery dancing, and exhilarating dueling. We can’t wait for Che Malambo’s triumphant return!”

Celebrated for their strength, sensuality, and speed, Che Malambo’s 14 dancers display their hypnotic rhythms and technical prowess with humour and confidence. Night after night, they create an edge-of-the-seat experience showcasing the inherent precision in every member of this highly skilled ensemble.

Founded by renowned French dancer and choreographer Gilles Brinas, Che Malambo has been delighting audiences around the world since 2007. Captivated by the gaucho (South American cowboy) tradition, Brinas’ interest took him to the Pampas region of Argentina to study the signature gaucho dance style, Malambo. Originally a form of competitive duel between 17th century gauchos, Malambo evolved to include zapateo.

The zapateo style is characterized by its breakneck footwork inspired by the galloping of horse hooves. Its rhythms are drawn from the traditional Argentine bombos, and its bravado is summoned with the same boldness as the gaucho tossing its whirling boleadoras (percussive lasso). Inspired by the theatrical dynamism of this art form, Brinas created Che Malambo to share it with the world.

Brinas has performed with prestigious dance companies throughout Europe including Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, the Ballet of the Twentieth Century, at La Scala in Milan, and the Grand Ballet de France in the company of Robert Hossein. He is the founder of the Ballet DEA and has choreographed works for the illustrious Biennale de la Danse. Among Brinas’ many honours are awards from the Bagnolet competition and the Charles Oulmont Foundation.

After a highly successful 32-city world tour during the 2015/16 season, Che Malambo completed a much-lauded American tour in early 2017. They will thrill Canadian audiences in Calgary on April 10 and Vancouver on April 11 as part of a busy international performance schedule including stops in Malaysia, Belgium, Spain, and Ukraine.

About Caravan World Rhythms (
Founded in 2000, Caravan World Rhythms is a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to provide high-quality, engaging, live cultural entertainment with artists of a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds from Canada and around the world. Highlights of their programming include Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Les Ballets National de Guinée, Salif Keita, Neuvo Ballet Españo, Mohamed Reza Shajarian, and Goran Bregovic.

Caravan World Rhythms presents Che Malambo 
April 11, 2018 at 8pm
Ticket prices:
$28 – $72 (plus applicable fees)
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre
600 Block Hamilton St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2P1
Box Office:
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By Phone at 1-877-840-0457

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