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OCT.07

8:00pm - LSPU Hall

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WAMUNZO
Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

Taking Breath
Naishi Wang

 

WAMUNZO
Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

« What has not been taught to us, nor revealed, we’ve made it out own affairs » Zab Maboungou

-Neither technique, not science, no more than introspection, or even wisdom can encompass what our gestures retain says the dancer-choreographer of WAMUNZO. The artist has composed a musical, pounding work according to her trademark in which the body resonates and restores its own pathways, in time, and its own energy, in space.

-An aesthetic of presence, without concession, that manifests the dynamics of solidarity through space.

-WAMUNZO plays out in sequences with vivid and attentive body language. The performers, musicians and dancer transmit movement to each other like a force of life, enunciating that which is articulated in space:

 

Choreography and music: Zab Maboungou

Lighting: Pierre Lavoie

Musicians: Bruno Martinez, Elli Miller Maboungou, & Lionel Kizaba

Photos by: K. Calixte

Zab Maboungou

Zab Maboungou, founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, a performing and choreographic artist, philosophy professor and author of the book Heya ! Poétique, historique et didactique de la danse africaine, has distinguished herself on all artistic and cultural action fronts. Remarkably, her contribution brings together and transcends identities and genres, without ever diluting the knowledge and practices which she innovated and developed in this country with an unflagging consistency. . Her movement technique, lokéto, is innovative and has won the favour of those who want to perfect their understanding of contemporary and African dance. She has always shown a strong commitment to create living art, in the noblest sense of the term, an art that has succeeded in embodying human beings and their times, beyond histories and communities. A unique itinerary reflecting the aesthetic with great poetic power.

 

Bruno Martinez

Bruno Martinez, a musician of Mexican origin specialized in the study of West African music, began his musical studies at the age of fifteen at the National Music Academy in Mexico City and went on to earn a diploma in musical theory from Trinity College of London. After arriving in Montreal, he became acquainted with many musicians, both African and Canadian, with whom he has performed in various festivals including Nuits d’Afrique (with the Tribaa and Bolokan ensembles, in particular). He joined Zab Maboungou / Nyata Nyata Dance Company in 2015.


 

Elli Miller Maboungou

Elli Miller Maboungou, accompanist forming an integral part of its history, Elli is truly a child of Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata. Elli learned to drum before he learned to walked, all while growing up in the studio. He has played with the great drum masters, whose influences have helped him establish his own drum style despite his young age. Elli has been accompanying for dance classes at Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata as well as abroad for several years.

 

Lionel Kizaba

Lionel Kizaba is a musician borne in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Drummer, percussionist, singer and dancer, he is very versatile and shows great inspiration for -the composition, be it African music, jazz, or other styles.

He studied in Kinshasa, in parallel with his musical training. He attended I.S.C Gombe University, in management computer science, and perfected his musical training with Professor François Mantuila, at I.N.A. (National Institute of Arts of Kinshasa). He also participates in several musical workshops, jointly with the United States Embassy in Kinshasa and the Belgian Cultural Center (Center Wallonie-Bruxelles) of Kinshasa.

He participated in the creation of soundtracks for the cinema, and was selected in 2009, then in 2010 as drummer and conductor for the contest Vodacom Superstar, endorsed by Akon, to help youth in the Congo.

In October 2011, Lionel Kizaba moved to Montreal. Among his early projects, he works with the Nass lounassa, KBUST and TriHouse groups. He performs as a drummer in these bands, both of whom have the project of recording albums in 2012, in addition to being principal percussionist for a contemporary dance group led by Irem Bekter, and for the Zab Maboungou Compagnie danse Nyata Nyata.

Taking Breath
Naishi Wang

Plastic waste. Climate change. Shortage of fossil fuels. Human consumption. Loss of biodiversity. Marine Life. These are often at the forefront in discussions regarding our impact on the environment. Even when we talk about air, we are concerned about carbon emissions and the consequences such as global warming, melting ice caps and the ozone. Seldom is clean breathable air discussed as it is. Will we run out of breathable air? Breathing - an innate action of taking in air and expelling it from the lungs.“Taking Breath” brings the subconscious to the conscious, the passive to the active; questioning how we have taken breathing and the air we breathe, for granted. The piece is a choreographic inquiry exploring the multiple facets of breathing in our lives - What is it like without breathing? What is it like with too much breathing? How does breathing affect movement? When does breathing become communication?

 

Concept and choreographer: Naishi Wang

Performer: Naishi Wang

Outside eye: Paul-André Fortier and Ginelle Chagnon

Dramaturgy: Francoise Hüsges and Ivy Wang

Light designer: Ivy Wang

 

Taking Breath received nomination from Toronto Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance - Male in 2018.

Naishi Wang

Naishi Wang is a dance artist based in Toronto. Originally born in Changchun, China. At age 11 years old, he began with Chinese Classical dances and Ballet training at Jilin College of Art. In 2004, he moved to Canada and joined Toronto Dance Theatre, where he was active as a full time company member for nine years. Since 2015, the award-winning performer has been inspired to work as an independent choreographer. Wang shares the belief that performing arts create imaginary perspectives that expand what dance can be in the 21st century. His rigorous practice is themed on intertwined approaches from “communication” to “translation” in a somatic and conceptual point of view. Desire and honesty are a huge part in his works, expressed through repetition, contortions, waving, impulsion, and shaking. Currently, Naishi is one of the residency artists at Citadel in Toronto and in the VDA program at NAC in Ottawa.

https://naishi.dance/

 

Ivy Wang

Ivy Wang is a Toronto based digital product designer, videographer, and lighting designer. Ivy enjoys collaborating with artists on creative works that may influence people's lives. Ivy has a real passion to combine technology and art together to tell stories to people. Ivy started to get in touch with theatre work back when studying at the University of Toronto and was the lighting designer and dramaturgy director in the drama club, after graduating in the U of T, she started to work as a freelancer on lighting design for both TV shows and theatre works. She then continued her study on video production at Ryerson University to make her able to work on both as a lighting designer and a videographer.

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