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The company, based in Montreal, where it has its offices and studios (the Center de Création Danse Nyata Nyata), operates at 3 levels, multidisciplinary, involving creation, training and research, locally and internationally.


For more than three decades, Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata-Nyata has traced the trajectories of a revised and corrected contemporaneity. Through his renewed art of rhythms and vibrant space, Zab Maboungou, who assumes the general and artistic direction of the company, founded in 1987, and is its choreographer, creates works with powerful gestures that stage the bodies committed artists of dance and music, both active and meditative, who transform our relationship to time and life. For this contemporary and futuristic dance, the rigor of the approach in the musical and danced movement, with proven technicality, is inseparable from the strength and freedom that emerge from the works whose poetics rhyme with the philosophical spirit that characterizes the choreographer and author. All the works, choreographed, didactic or literary, musical or visual, represent this unspeakable movement that is body and thought.

With “INCANTATION”, presented in 1984 ——at the Kennedy Center, in Washington, and at the Montreal International Festival of New Dance, in—— , the choreographer and performer will be described as a “finely cut diamond” by the New York Times. , ushering in a new era in the way we look at art forms from Africa.


“No thought is active without the movement that carries it. A choreographic approach is not a simple arrangement, but a redefinition of meaning. »
Zab Maboungou

Anchored and articulated bodies, both united and autonomous in the multidimensional space, sound and vibrating scenography, with movement as a corollary in its dynamic and deep relationship with the music, these are the characteristic features of the work that the artists and performers of Zab Maboungou / Compagnie Danse Nyata-Nyata.

Zab Maboungou, whose life spans 3 continents, Europe, Africa and America, whose languages she speaks, draws from the diaspora experience her ability to bring together bodies, identities and diverse formations at the heart of 'an artistic enterprise where the rhythm is masterfully led to structure the space to be redefined and support the awareness-raising actions linking the stage and the off-stage which make the prestige, of great international significance, of the company.


The training choreographer, mentor and philosopher, demonstrates her affirmed desire to forge an imagination which can participate in the “righting of history”, freed from neocolonial representations of the performative body in dance, and which knows how to take into account inherited ancestral practices and knowledge , among others, dance and music traditions from Africa to the world.


It highlights LO.KE.TO* as a principle of rhythmic alignment, which engages and articulates the body in space, redesigns its gesture and redistributes its energy, brilliantly testifying to this effort combining aesthetic and didactic .


Zab Maboungou | Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata is a world leader in artistic practice linked to the transmission of ancestral, transgenerational and rhythmic cultural knowledge.



Zab Maboungou

Artistic and General Director


Angela Cardona

Assistant Director


Leonora Moncada


Yvette Mbogo

board of directors

Sheila Kavanaght


Zab Maboungou


Abdou Malique Ouedraogo


Mariya Moneva


Frantz Voltaire


Francis Martel


Yvette Mbogo


Francis Martel



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