Dating back to 17th-century Argentina, malambo originated as a competitive contest of the brute strength and dexterity of gauchos — South American cowboys. The traditionally male phenomenon later evolved to include cadenced, freaky-fast footwork called zapateo, inspired by the sound of galloping horses. Argentinian bombos (drums) and boleadoras (weapons made of long cords weighted on one end by stone) were also included in the competition, which began to resemble a dance performance. Based in Argentina, Che Malambo is a dance company led by international choreographer Gilles Brinas, who brings all the elements of malambo together in an intense exhibition. Brought to life by a 14-member troupe, Che Malambo’s quick-paced, testosterone-fueled shows combine rhythmic stomping, deep percussion and vigorous displays of dueling dancers and drummers.