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Biography

Zab Maboungou

“Rhythms and Movement” technique / Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata / modern African dance

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Zab Maboungou, a champion of modern African dance, is an artist who excels in many arenas: teacher, choreographer, performer and dance theorist. Based in Montréal, where she has taught dance for over 20 years, Maboungou is also a professor of philosophy at Laval's Collège Montmorency.

As a movement teacher, Maboungou has developed her own technique, which she calls “Rhythms and Movement”. As a choreographer, she has blended dance traditions with a contemporary perspective to create a style that is unique. In 1986, she established Le cercle d'expression artistique Nyata Nyata, to facilitate and promote the study of African dance traditions in their historical and contemporary contexts.

Under the auspices of this organization, Maboungou created a performance group, Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata. Her choreography has been performed on stages around the world, including the Lincoln Center in New York; the Pusan ans Taegu International Dance Festival in South Korea; The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; and the Pan-African music festival in the Congo. Her work has been documented in the film Tabala, as well as in the film African Dance: Sand, Drum and Shostakovich.

Websites:

www.nyata-nyata.org

Learn more:

Cauthery, Bridget. “Zab Maboungou: An Unshakeable Concern for Art in Life.” The Dance Current 6.5 (November 2003): 12-15.

Maboungou, Zab. Heya Danse! Poétique, didactique et historique de la danse africaine. Montréal: Éditions CIDIHCA, 2005.