Zab Maboungou | Cie Danse Nyata Nyata


The Dance Centre presents the Global Dance Connections series
Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
Thursday-Saturday April 6-8, 2017 at 8pm
Post-show talkback April 7
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie Street, Vancouver
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Themes of time and memory inspire Mozongi, a spellbinding contemporary African dance work created by internationally-acclaimed Montreal choreographer Zab Maboungou. Mozongi (‘return’) is performed by a dynamic ensemble of five dancers and two percussionists. Maboungou is renowned as one of Canada’s most influential and significant choreographers: her unique approach is fiercely contemporary but deeply rooted in traditional African sources, and she constructs a potent poetic power from movement, bodies and rhythms. Regarded as one of her seminal works, Mozongi’s electrifying dancing and drumming radiate energy and purpose, and the piece emanates wisdom, heart and spirit.

“Being a body is a performance in itself,” says Zab Maboungou. “Mozongi is a piece about time, and more precisely, about the physics of time. The step is weight and weight is time. Not repetition, but persistence. The structure of Mozongi unfolds through the contrasts of movement and of immobility, of the one and of the many, in order to give shape to a primordial conflict – that of time which consumes space.” First created in 1997, the work was revived in 2014 to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, touring across Canada and to Congo-Brazzaville.

Zab Maboungou is a choreographer, dancer, philosopher and writer of French and Congolese origin, and the Artistic Director of Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata (‘stump your feet’), a contemporary dance company she founded in 1987 in Montreal. She has created more than twenty solos and ensemble works combining music and dance, conveying an acute musical and rhythmic art and body language that is rooted, vigorous and straightforward, and her works have been performed across Canada and around the world. Her dance technique LOKETO draws on rhythmic foundations of African dance and musical forms, and has become a model of its kind. Maboungou studies and teaches philosophy, and has written several articles on dance as well as a book, Heya Danse! Historique, poétique et didactique de la danse africaine (2005). Her reputation as a lecturer and public intellectual make her a sought-after speaker wherever there is an encounter of “arts, knowledge and people”. She draws on her extensive knowledge of dance for her work with cultural institutions and universities here and abroad. A pioneer of dance in Canada, she has also contributed to the development of dance in Africa. She has received many awards including the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award bestowed by Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop. In February 2014 Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata received the 30th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal dance award for Mozongi, remounted to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.


Choreographed by: Zab Maboungou

Dancers: Luis Cabanzo, Karla Etienne, Gama Fonseca, Mithra Rabel, George Stamos
Musicians: Elli Miller-Maboungou, Bruno Martinez
Costumes : Claudella Gillies
Light/Technical Director : Pierre Lavoie

Global Dance Connections Contemporary dance series 2016-2017

October 20-22 Noam Gagnon | Vision Impure
January 18-20 Jan Martens
February 2-4 Alessandro Sciarroni
February 16-18 Tara Cheyenne Performance + Silvia Gribaudi
March 1-4 Kinesis Dance somatheatro
April 6-8 Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata
April 20-22 Lesley Telford
May 25-27 Wen Wei Dance

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