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Two Snaps from the Festival Transatlantique 

By Philip Szporer Maboungou and Muriva  Zab Maboungou, Gibson Muriva

Two welcome evenings of contemporary African dance greeted audiences at the seventh edition of the Transatlantique Festival, co-produced with Montréal arts interculturels.  

Canada Dance Festival: The 2008 Collection 

By Bridget Cauthery Canada Dance Festival  Canada Dance Festival 

Red arrows fixed to the sidewalk led the audience from Elgin Street to the terraces atop the National Art Centre for the premiere of Ottawa-based performance artist Kenneth Emig’s site-specific work at the Canada Dance Festival 2008.

 

A Missed Opportunity 

By Philip Szporer “Décompte” Zab Maboungou, Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

It’s not surprising to report that Zab Maboungou, the Congo-raised Montréal-based dancer-choreographer and philosopher, has devotees who speak about the transformative effects of her dance.  

 

Sharing Time 

By Philip Szporer "Lwáza" Zab Maboungou, Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

In Lwáza (“chatting” in the language of the Kongo people) dancer-choreographer-philosopher Zab Maboungou has created a terrific piece. It’s a mesmerizing work for three dancers and two musicians that challenges the notion of gesture and the meaning of origin and raises the question of accessibility.

 

Patchwork but Persistent 

By Philip Szporer, Kaija Pepper, Kate Cornell, Bridget Cauthery, Marie Claire Forté Canada Dance Festival 2004  Canada Dance Festival

It’s been a rough road for the Canada Dance Festival this year, first facing funding shortfalls, and subsequently narrowing the programming to fourteen performances, down from thirty-one two years ago. Organizers of the tenth edition, not willing to relinquish much else, splashed the slogan “Dare to turn up the heat” in riposte. 

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