If you’ve ever been interested in Argentina and its rich culture a “mini festival” is happening this week in Saratoga with Argentinian food, music, and more. An Argentinian dance company will be at SPAC on Thursday the 20th, and an Argentinian film will be shown at the Saratoga Film Forum on Saturday the 22nd – both events include a little something extra!
Che Malambo, an all-male Argentinian dance company, will be performing at SPAC for the first time on Thursday, July 20th at 8pm. Guests can expect to see traditional South American Malambo with spirited footwork, rhythmic stomping, and drumming.
South American Malambo – like the sport of polo – originated from horses in the country’s cultural heritage and traditions. Malambo started out in the 1600s as competitive duels to test agility and strength, and then evolved to include its hallmark zapeteo, a fast-paced footwork that is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses.
Prior to the show, there were will be a special display of Argentine horses and polo players, and authentic Argentine cuisine will be available for sampling: “Before Che Malambo dancers take the stage, guests will be able to sample grilled specialties from an asado while watching some of Argentina’s best polo players strolling the grounds with their beautiful horses, all courtesy of our friends at Saratoga Polo and Alfa Romeo,” Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC, said in a statement.
Saratoga is of course known for its horses – track season starts this week! – and this is a truly unique way to celebrate these amazing animals with the horses, polo players, and rhythmic dancing.
Do you know where the tango originated or how it became popular? Did you know it has Argentian roots? You can learn more about the fascinating history of this incredibly popular dance with Un Tango Mas, a film being shown at the Saratoga Film Forum as part of the Argentinian Mini-Festival.
The movie is about Maria Nieves Rego and Juan Carlos Copes, a real-life couple who worked to bring the art of tango from the streets of Buenos Aires (the capital of Argentina) to Broadway. The couple endures drama and hard times as they continue to dance together for years after their divorce.
There will be dancing and food both before and after the movie. Here’s the schedule:
- 6:30pm to 7:15pm: music, dancing, and refresher tango lessons with Tango Fusion founders Diane and Johnny Martinez
- 7:30pm to 9pm: film screening of Un Tango Mas
- 9pm to 11pm: tango and Latin dancing, plus dessert and refreshments
The Saratoga Film Forum is known for showing alternative or hard-to-find films. They also host panels, forums, and workshops with producers, directors, and writers to promote the education and understanding of film. With this event, you can learn about the most famous dancers in tango history who happen to be from Argentina, enjoy amazing food, and also dance a little yourself!