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
by MARITES CARINO
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.