The Fiery Flame of Rhythm and Dance blazes on with Argentina’s Che Malambo.
A stunning show to transfix the senses, Che Malambo will impress with precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, singing and whirling boleadoras (lassoes with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, Malambo celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho.
Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that challenged skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.
This powerhouse all-male company of 12 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show, definitely not to be missed.
High Commissioner Manual Balaguer Salas speaks of Malaysia’s Unique Working Etiquette and 50 years of Inter-Nation Partnership.
Argentina’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Manuel Balaguer Salas has been fervent in advocating the intertwine of cultures between the two countries, one of his many efforts, the Che Malambo’s esteemed appearance in KL. With an exclusive opportunity to pick his brain about Argentine-Malaysian affairs, here are some of his thoughts since he took office in April 2016.
What are some simple pleasures in Malaysia that you’ve uncovered since you took office?
Diversity, to me is a simple pleasure. To see people of vastly different ethnicities working together, living together, is something I truly cherish.
Malaysia also has divine nature spots. I thoroughly enjoy it. Hiking, cycling, sometimes into the ‘kampungs’, I love the green that permeates this country.
What are some of the unique working etiquettes you’ve stumbled upon since you starting working here?
Malaysians are extremely polite and they deeply treasure relationships, up to a point where they eschew repudiation. “No” is a very strong statement, and might even be considered rude. So Malaysians go around it, softening statements and sugar coating answers, in a surprisingly sophisticated manner. Argentines are more frank in nature and I had to get accustomed to this polite play of words. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a negative characteristic I’m describing, just a different way of working.
What are some of the best accomplishments in the Malaysian-Argentina partnership throughout the years?
This year marks our 50 years of partnership. So much has happened. Investment from Malaysia include Petronas opening an office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dec 2016, and a Malaysian company building the biggest ski resort in Argentina. From Argentina’s end, our flagship Argentine company IMARTEK has joint ventured with Malaysia becoming the only State-of-the-Art Capital Goods manufacturing company in South East Asia, investing over 100 million USD over the past 10 years. Argentina exports to Malaysia increased 8% in 2016 and we recently translated two Argentine books into Malay. Even in sports, our polo and football players and coaches are getting deserved recognition from the Malaysian teams. We’ve come so far, and can only hope to go further, together.
What are the biggest growth opportunities in terms of trade and investment do you see between the two countries?
The Halal industry. Malaysia is striving to become a Halal hub. And Argentina is one of the major food producers in the world. I see partnership opportunities to supply this growing demand that’ll benefit both our nations.
As the official bridge between our two countries, what you would say to Argentines about Malaysia? And vice versa.
To Argentines: We can learn from this often overlooked country. Malaysia, grew extremely rapidly, changing from an agricultural based economy to its more sophisticated industrialized form in the mere span of 40 years. Not many countries have done this and I admire how Malaysia did that so quickly. When you’re here, be careful with the food, you might not be able to eat what you ordered. Malaysians don’t joke about their spice! Also, pay attention and respect the different cultures and religions present here.
To Malaysians: If you visit Argentina, please don’t get offended with our sense of humour! It might shock you at first, the way our jokes may be invasive in nature. But don’t worry, they contain no malicious intent. We have unbelievably beautiful landscapes too. Bariloche, Patagonia, and the Iguazú Falls. Oh, and bring your spices with you! We often only use salt and pepper for flavour there!