BECKET >> The all-male Argentinian dance troupe, Che Malambo, and South Korea's Bereishit Dance Company are making their respective Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival debuts this week.
Che Malambo will be featured in the Ted Shawn Theatre beginning 8 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through Sunday with evening performances at 8 through Saturday and afternoons at 2 on Saturday and Sunday.
Bereishit will be in the Doris Duke Theatre beginning 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and continuing evenings at 8:15 through Saturday and afternoons at 2:15 on Saturday and Sunday.
Led by founder and choreographer Gilles Brinas, the Argentina-based, 14-member Che Malambo performs signature percussive footwork and live music of the gauchos. The company's program is an evening-length work with one intermission.
Brinas performed with Lyon Opera Ballet in his native France, Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the twentieth century and Grand Ballet de France. He first learned about Malambo while researching traditional dances and traveled to the Pampas region of Argentina to further learn about and explore gaucho traditions
Brinas founded Che Malambo in 2005. Since its premiere in Paris in 2007, the company has performed around the world, including a 2103 U.S. tour.
Bereishit makes its Pillow debit in the intimate Doris Duke Theatre with a program that includes a male duet, "BOW," a study of the traditional meditative artistry of archery; and an ensemble work for five dancers, "Balance and Imbalance," with live musical accompaniment.
Bereishit Dance Company was founded in 2000 by choreographer Soon-ho Park. Based in Seoul, the company approaches traditional Korean culture from a contemporary perspective.
The company, which has toured extensively, made its U.S. debut at Dance Salad Festival in Houston during the festival's 2014-15 season.
Park studied contemporary dance at Hansung University in Seoul and worked as a professional dancer from 1992 to 2001. His wide range of work includes collaborations with art installations, media artists and musicians. His work has been presented in Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay, among other countries.
Complete ticket and program information is available by phone at (413) 243-0745; online at jacobspillow.org; or at the Jacob's Pillow box office on campus at 358 George Carter Road.
Box office hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Wednesday through Saturday; noon-5 on Sunday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday.