Zab Maboungou

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Zab Maboungou is a Franco-Congolese dancer, writer and choreographer.


Born in France and raised in Congo-Brazzaville, Maboungou is based in Montreal where she founded the Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata in 1988.[1] She has since choreographed and performed numerous solo and group works, among which Mozongi which received the Prix de la danse de Montréal in 2015.[2]

Maboungou's steadfast advocacy and support of dance and the performing arts of Africa and the diaspora has garnered her numerous prizes and accolades, including being honoured during Kriye Bode’s 5th Annual Colloquium on Haitian Dance & Drum at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.[3]

Since 2004 Nyata Nyata has also been a teaching institution, dispensing the two-year Programme d’entraînement et de formation artistique et professionnel en danse (PEFAPDA - artistic and professional training program in dance).

Since 2015 Zab Maboungou/Compagnie danse Nyata Nyata has been a member of the International Dance Council.

In May 2019, Maboungou was named to L'Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec.[4]

Dance works[edit]

  • 1993 : Réverdanse
  • 1997 : Mozongi
  • 1999 : Incantation
  • 2005 : Lwáza
  • 2006 : Nsamu
  • 2007 : Décompte
  • 2009 : Gestes Dé/libérés
  • 2010 : Montréal by Night
  • 2018 : Wamunzo


  • Heya... danse ! Historique, poétique et didactique de la danse africaine, CIDIHCA, Montréal, Canada, 2005


  • 1999 : "Grand hommage", Ministry of culture of Cameroon
  • 2003 : "Pioneer of African Dance in Canada", Dance Immersion, Toronto
  • 2015 : Prix de la danse de Montréal, Prix du CAM pour la diversité culturelle en danse
  • 2019 : L’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec


  1. ^ Szporer, Philip (2012-01-01). "In Conversation with Zab Maboungou". The Dance Current. 15 (1). Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  2. ^ Dufort, François. "Dfdanse - Les lauréats 2015 du grand prix de la danse de Montréal -PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL 2015". (in French). Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. ^ "An evening with Zab Maboungou". Baryshnikov Arts Center. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. ^ ""Dix-sept ambassadeurs culturels honorés pour souligner les 25 ans du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec"" (in French). Retrieved 2019-05-26.

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