“Rarely is the cash-strapped world of independent dance able to afford musicians of Donkor and Moto’s calibre and Compagnie Nyata Nyata should be commended for bringing such talent to a national festival.” – Bridget Cauthery, Dance Current, juin 2004
«Maboungou révèle une gestuelle encore jamais explorée.» – Frédérique Doyon, Le Devoir, février 2003
As caught up in the rhythm of the music as always, Zab Maboungou will explore, “a place for words that only the body can establish”. “To create a choreography,” she adds, “is not an act of writing, but one of configuration, within a precise, fluid measurement of time.” In this context, where dance uses movement to mark time, Nsamu establishes the place – a plot – where actions and words are inextricably linked. In kikongo, the language of the two Congos, Nsamu means “the subject of the debate”. NSAMU is also very rhythmic, juxtaposing signs, sounds and steps. The piece describes a possible path: one that leads from movement to words.
The piece was presented in Dakar, Senegal during the festival Kaay Fecc (June 2003), and in Ottawa at the 2004 Canada Dance Festival.
Artistic designer and choreographer : Zab Maboungou Performer : Zab Maboungou Musicians : Diolkidi and Dominic Kofi Donkor Music composed by : Zab Maboungou Set designer : Chryso Bashonga Lighting : François O’Hara Costume for Zab Maboungou : Denis Lavoie Costume for the musicians : Guylaine Tolemyo
An video except of Nsamu :