Las Reinas del Malambo

Las Reinas del Malambo created, especially for the Zoppé Circus, the first all-female gaucho act. The Argentinean Gaucho was a rugged, nomadic man. Las Reinas have brought beauty to this masculine discipline while keeping intact the strength it embodies. As a cowhand, the most popular weapon for a Gaucho was the boleadoras (bolas), a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones.

Today, gauchos still use the bolas not to hunt but to dance a folk dance called malambo which began in the 17th century as competitive duels among gauchos. Malambo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and the whirling boleadoras. Zoppé’s Las Reinas use the boleadoras both as a percussion instrument and a juggling prop.