In 1992, Chrysogone Diangouaya set up the Centre d’Expression Corporelle, d’Art Dramatique, de Contes, de Percussions et Chants Africains. This provided a framework in which to develop his own contemporary dance technique based on the body’s natural movement, and to found the first ever Congolese contemporary dance company, the Ballet Théâtre Monana.
It was the start of a long series of dance pieces and plays, notably Noix de Coco [Coconut], selected by the Avignon Festival de Théâtre Jeune Public in 1995, and the first version of Koklondumn, l’homme [Koklondumn, Man], which won the Afrique en Création 1st prize (1995 national selection), and was programmed at the Rencontres chorégraphique internationals de Seine-Saint-Denis in 1998.
In the same period, Chrysogone Diangouaya also founded the A.J.C., the Brazzaville Young Artists’ Association, which aims to help young artists develop their talent and to bring them to the public eye.
In 1996, he also set up Mabina Danse, Brazzaville’s first dance festival, which has seen the emergence of a number of dance companies.
In 1998, Chrysogone Diangouaya left his war-torn native Congo for Europe, where he perfected his technique in the company of choreographers such as Germaine Acogny, Carlos Orta, Avi Kaiser, Louise Burn, and Elsa Wolliastion.
In 2000, he performed in Suzanne Linke’s Le Coq est mort, in 2001 in Norma Claire’s Juste un zeste d’amour [Just a Dash of Love], and in Jane Lloyd Francis’ l’Equilibre Horse Theater in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
Claire Verlet and Anne-Marie Raynaud of the National Dance Centre (CND) in Paris soon demonstrated their faith in his choreographic and pedagogical skills, inviting him to run the “Africa, from tradition to modernity” master class alongside the likes of Germaine Acogny, Elsa Wolliastion, Flora Thiefaine, and Salia Sanou, and putting rehearsal studios at his disposal for his Singur and Koklondumn pieces.
In 2000, Chrysogone Diangouaya set up the Compagnie Monana, an emanation of Ballet Théâtre Monana and the La Monana association, which works to promote, enhance and distribute African culture.