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Dancing from a distance

For the past two decades, dancer-choreographer and philosopher Zab Maboungou has been a driving force in Canada’s African dance scene. When she looks back, she says one thing hasn’t changed: her movement sequences, what she calls “poetics,” are always born out of rhythms. “I’m keeping the quest I have with rhythms and the structure of time and movement,” she explains.

Maboungou describes her new solo choreography, Décompte, as a meditative piece and translates it as “countdown, taking a distance, or looking back at what is left.” She adds that the title is à propos since it was in 1986 that she founded her company Cercle d’Expression Artistique Nyata Nyata.

Through the years, live music has always been a necessity for Maboungou, and in this show she tries something different and collaborates with cellist Jean-Christophe Lizotte, who is joined by drummer Marc Keyevuh. They perform at 8 p.m. nightly from Oct. 11–13 at Agora de la Danse (840 Cherrier), $18–$26. While you’re there, pop into the gallery space to see works by photographer Raymonde April. Info: (514) 525-1500.
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by MARITES CARINO

 

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