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Preview: Global Rhythms/Chicago Human Rhythm Project

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Season after season, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project seeks out rhythmic dance and percussion groups around the world and invites them to perform in Chicago. Missing a CHRP Global Rhythms show means missing the opportunity to see—and hear—a dance style rarely performed on this continent. The guests this year: Che Malambo from Argentina. Malambo is traditional dance style that emerged from Gaucho’s culture—a high-speed, aggressive flurry of stomping feet below a torso held high. Flicks of the leg refer to the language of tango, rapid-fire heels and the machismo posture of el toro to flamenco. Che Malambo artistic director Gilles Brinas adapted the Malambo for stage, with virtuosic solos (backed by shouts from the company), battling duets and high-energy ensemble pieces. Large drums, hammered rapidly on all sides, echo foot rhythms. The dancers also use bolas—ropes with stones tied to the ends—which they spin like poi, striking the ground alongside furiously stamping feet. Sounds good? Mention one of fifty Chicago nonprofits listed on the CHRP site and get ten-percent off your ticket, then fifty percent of the revenue from your seat goes to the organization you named. (Sharon Hoyer)

At the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport, (773)935-6875. Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 at 8pm. $15-$47.

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