Combining theatre, dance, music, and some utterly astonishing physical feats, Afrique en Cirque is a high-flying, audaciously athletic feast for the senses. Bangoura’s 12-piece Montréal-based troupe Kalabanté Productions fuses long-established African arts and European circus traditions to showcase exceptional dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and equilibrists, as well as a group of highly skilled musicians. Their riveting performances burst from the stage with vibrant costumes, dynamic lighting design, and an impressionistic, affecting narrative of stolen dreams, community, and redemption.
Guinean Montréaler Yamoussa Bangoura is an acrobat, musician, aerialist, choreographer, and artistic director who studied in France and Spain and performed with Cavalia, Cirque du Soleil, and Cirque Éloize before establishing his own company. A born leader with a strong artistic vision, Bangoura also composed all the music for Afrique en Cirque, which is based on the electric polyrhythms of West Africa and includes vigorous and masterful performances on the kora—an African harp made from a split calabash—as well as the saxophone, bass, and varied percussion instruments.