Compagnie Danse NYATA NYATA
Wamunzo | Compagnie Danse NYATA NYATA
Firehall Arts Centre Theatre
Duration: 45 mins
Neither technique, not science, no more than introspection, or even wisdom can encompass what our gestures retain says the dancer-choreographer of Wamunzo. The artist has composed a musical, pounding work according to her trademark in which the body resonates and restores its own pathways, in time, and its own energy, in space.
An aesthetic of presence, without concession, that manifests the dynamics of solidarity through space.
Wamunzo plays out in sequences with vivid and attentive body language. The performers, musicians and dancer transmit movement to each other like a force of life, enunciating that which is articulated in space with freedom and consciousness.
« What has not been taught to us, nor revealed, we’ve made it out own affairs » Zab Maboungou
Choreographer and performer, philosopher and writer, Zab Maboungou is a pioneering artist whose works of great introspective power and striking gestures spark our spirit: a vibrant sound space and corporal articulations interpenetrate in a sober and brilliant expression of the art of dance, creating “something from nothing at a high level” (Deborah Meyers-Vancouver).
She has succeeded in translating and instilling, through her work and her involvement in artistic and cultural development, another presence and another space for the imagination. Her movement technique, called loketo, is today a model of its genre. Zab Maboungou has received numerous awards, including notably the 30th Grand Prix award for dance given by the Conseil des Arts de Montréal for Mozongi, described as an exceptional work of body and mind, performed with breathtaking skill. In May 2019, she was named a Compagne de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec and, in 2021, she was honoured with the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the 2021 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.
Choreographer & Interpreter
Elli Miller Mabounbgou