Zab Maboungou

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 Choreographer, Dancer
Title: Instructor & Professor
Province: Montreal, QC
Heritage: France

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Zab Maboungou  is a dancer, choreographer, instructor, author and philosophy professor who is highly sought-after internationally for performances, trainings and lectures. She is a pioneer of African dance in Canada.

Member, International Artistic Committee of MASA (African performing arts market, 1995-2002), directing dance and choreography seminars for youth and professionals.
Born in Paris and raised in Congo-Brazzaville, Zab studied traditional African dance from Mali, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, and has danced with Congolese ballets in Europe and North America. She has been teaching rhythm and movement dance courses in Montreal since 1981. In 1986, she founded Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata to create and perform her choreographic works in contemporary dance. Her works, Réverdanse, Incantation, Mozongi, Nsamu, Lwåza, Décompte (Countdown), De/liberated Gestures, and Montréal by Night have been performed across North America and internationally. Thanks to an important arts development program from the Canadian government (Heritage Canada), she inaugurated a special program in the study and teachings of African dance in Quebec in 2003.
Zab is the first professional African choreographer and dancer in Canada to be awarded grants by the Canada Council and Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

Teaches philosophy at Montmorency College in Laval (since 1982); 1995-2002, Member, International Artistic Committee of MASA (African performing arts market, 1995-2002), directing dance and choreography seminars for youth and professionals.

Heya …Danse! Historique, poetique et didactique de la danse africaine (2005). Articles in: Africultures; La Revue Noire; Vues d’Afrique.

Reviewed in:

Dance Collection, Dance Current, Panache; Africultures; documentary films: Movement (re)Evolution Africa, Tabala. Book: Choreographing Difference – The Body and Identity in Contemporary Dance by Anne Cooper-Albright.


Certificate for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Haitian culture, Kriye Bode & Alvin Ailey School (2010); inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Pioneer of African Dance in Canada award, AfriCan Conference (2003); “Great Homage” from the Minister of Culture of Cameroon for her “talent, creativity and all her efforts to develop and promote theatrical art” (1999).
Eductation: MA, Philosophy, L’UniversitĂ© du QuĂ©bec Ă  MontrĂ©al (1980); DUEG, Université de Lyon, France.

DĂ©compte (Countdown): Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

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Five Favourites

Favourite book
Les Mille et une nuits

Favourite quote
“Me, we.” – Mohamed Ali

On my bucket list…
To do better that I’m already doing.

I’m inspired by

Why do you do what you do?
I can’t help myself.

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