On July 20, the powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company CHE MALAMBO will make their SPAC debut, performing the traditional South American Malambo, dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song. Malambo began in the gaucho heritage in the 17th century as competitive duels to test agility, strength and dexterity. The hallmark style, zapeteo, is fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Created by French choreographer Gilles Brinas, this production was first premiered in Paris in 2007 and has gone on to tour the globe. They will perform at just two American venues this summer; SPAC and the Baltimore Festival of the Arts.
6:00 P.M., SPAC Lawn and Hall of Springs
A celebration of Argentinian culture and traditions will surround the debut of the percussive dance troupe. Argentine aspects will be incorporated throughout the grounds, creating a South American atmosphere to give the audience the full Che Malambo experience. The Argentine Mini-Festival will include a pre-performance display of Argentine horses and polo players on the lawn as well as an Argentine asado and authentic cuisine at the Hall of Springs restaurant.
The Performance Project: Youth In Motion
7:15 P.M., Amphitheater
Prior to the debut of Che Malambo, SPAC will present a high-energy, professionally choreographed final performance by 70 local children who have been participating in The Performance Project: Youth in Motion. A two-week dance intensive led by the award winning National Dance Institute (NDI) and presented in partnership with the Capital District and Saratoga Regional YMCA's, the Performance Project is designed to teach children dance skills while instilling in them, a belief in their own abilities and capacity to achieve goals. NDI was founded by former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Jacques d'Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of all time.
The Performance Project
Prior to the debut of Che Malambo, SPAC will present the second annual performance of THE PERFORMANCE PROJECT: YOUTH IN MOTION. The Performance Project is presented in collaboration with the Capital District and the Saratoga Regional YMCAs, and the New York City-based National Dance Institute (NDI), led by former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Jacques d’Amboise, one of the finest classical dancers of our time. The two-week program will give local children, aged 9 – 12, the opportunity to participate in NDI’s award-winning, immersive dance program. The children will participate in daily 2.5-hour, high-energy, self-expressive dance classes, culminating in the July 20th performance on the SPAC stage.