Danse sans Frontières
Bringing African dancers from various parts of the continent together on the same stage and admiring their style, energy and talent while discovering the different dances and beats that flourish from one end of Africa to the other is a fabulous project that Oumar N'diaye and Djongouda N'diaye have decided to make happen.
Oumar N’diaye Martinos needs no introduction. He is top Guinean choreographer and a member of the Ballet national africain de Guinée who has been dancing since age 7. He has pursued an inspiring career among some of the greatest dancers and has performed with various ballet companies. Now living in Québec, he continues to perform on stage, in particular with his troupe Tribaa, and he also teaches dance. Djongouda N'diaye, from Senegal and a long-time dancer with the Senegalese ballet, later settled in the United States. She also worked nine years with Africa Oyé.
Represented in the troupe are Burkina Faso, with Khadi Zon; Guinea, with Nnata Sylla 'Aicha', a dancer and singer who has worked with Alpha Yaya Dialo and Bambino, among others; Madagascar, with Haingo Rakotonirina, a former student of Oumar N' Diaye Martinos and a master of many styles of African dance; Mali, with Djely Tapa; and Senegal, with Fatou Pouye, a specialist in sabar. Their Nuits d’Afrique performance includes the presence of 3 guests: Mansour Mbaye (former singer of Viviane Ndour), Willy Bobo and Henriette Gbou (professional dancer in international companies such as Cirque du Soleil).
Their stage performance eliminates all boundaries, with dance and traditional beats becoming the sole means of communication, taking audience members on a trip across the African continent.