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Kalabanté

 

Biography :

Kalabanté is both a show born in Québec and a circus school built near Conakry, in Guinea. What is the link between them? Generous artists with a wish to make Guinea better known and to help it by means of shows in Canada and elsewhere. In November 2006, Yamoussa Bangoura, along with several friends, founded Kalabanté Productions, an arts company leading a humanitarian project. Yamoussa Bangoura is one of the souls of this project and a multi-disciplinary artist, an acrobat, dancer and musician who grew up in Guinea, where he took part in shows by the Conakry-based Circus Baobab. He later joined the Montréal-based Cirque Eloize, with which he took part in the world tour of the show Nomade from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, he founded Kalabanté in Montréal with Guinean artists and acrobats. He also works as a skit creator, acrobat, singer and musician for the Cavalia show Odysseo. In the following years, the Kalabanté collective produced four shows: Ko Ryass in 2010, Uno and Kumbaya in 2011 and Kira Néné, created in 2012 in collaboration with ArtCirq, the world’s one and only Inuit circus troupe, founded by Guillaume Saladin. This last show was produced in connection with a documentary film on the two troupes, which share the same approach: to give hope and pride to the communities they come from. The documentary explores these two opposite worlds, Canada’s Far North and Guinea but with a single passion: the circus. Produced by Linda Matchan, Circus Without Borders had its world première in April 2015 at the Independent Film Festival Boston. The large-scale show Afrique en Cirque was presented outdoors at Nuits d’Afrique for three consecutive years, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and then indoors at the Olympia de Montréal in 2017 and 2018. In 2017, Kalabanté was invited to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. The following year, the Afrique en Cirque show was part of the 2018 Black History Month celebrations. The collective, which turns its profits over to the building and operation of the namesake circus school near Conakry, has not finished amazing and delighting us. As they like to remind us with an African proverb, “If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance!”

Kalabanté
Guinée / Québec
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