Argentine dancers mirror cowboy strength, agility

Come prepared for a show of strength and some fancy, fast footwork by 14 powerful-looking Argentine zapeteo dancers during Che Malambo on April 25-26 at 7:30 p.m. at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
In addition to Zapateo, Malambo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones.
Siobhan Burke of the New York Times describes the form of the men, “the pawing, galloping footwork and legwork, which often accelerate into a swiveling blur of motion below the waist; the astoundingly elastic ankles that support balancing, improbably, on the outside edges of the feet; the speed with which the dancers, their chests held proud and legs darting out from under them, can swallow up space.”