With looks that meet, steady or subdued rhythms, teeming bodies here and there, ‘Boyakodah' (which means happiness in Guéré, a language from the west of Ivory Coast) is a true hymn to life. Georges Momboye explores all its facets. In addition to the almost carnal light bathing the moving bodies, he supplements the talents of the performers with two objects: a pestle and mortar, complementary sexual symbols, representing procreation, strength and harmony.
The performance seeks out the point of balance between body and soul, between rhythm and silence, to evoke the ultimate and absolute aspiration of mankind to happiness and pleasure.
Source : Georges Momboye company
Born in Ivory Coast and trained in classical, jazz and modern jazz dance, Georges Momboye began his performing career as a member of traditional companies such as Les Guirivoires, Ensemble Koteba and the Ivory Coast National Ballet. He soon felt himself cramped by traditional performance and sought other choreographic experiences in France, the United States and Canada, with artists such as Alvin Ailey, Brigitte Matuizi, Rick Odums, Elsa Wolliaston and Gisèle Houri.
In 1992 he decided to move to France and create his own company Yankady, “creative freedom” in Malinke, which was renamed the Georges Momboye Company in 1996. The company's resolutely-declared aim is to disseminate a representative artistic expression of contemporary Africa, which he defines as “young African dance”. The repertoire mingles contemporary, African and hip-hop technique, and includes two re-interpretations of Russian ballets (“l'Après-midi d'un faune” and “The Rite of Spring”), commissioned by the Biennale of Val-de-Marne, and pieces for a young audience (“Claire de Lune”). An internationally-recognised artist, he teaches dance courses in Europe, the United States, Asia and Latin America. In Paris in 1998, he founded the Centre de Danses Pluri-africaines et des Cultures du Monde, also known as the Momboye Centre, with support from UNESCO's International Dance Council. This is a key venue for discovering dance coming out of the African continent as well as being a venue for comparisons and exchanges.
Further information :
Digital resource - Médiathèque du Centre national de la danse
Georges Momboye Dance Company
Saul Dovin, Stefanie Batten Bland
Georges Momboye, Saul Dovin, Bilé N'Draman, Léopold Gnahore, Louis Pierre Yonsian, Pascal Beugre-Tellier, Aissata Kouyate, Ingrid Estarque, Sarah Cerneaux, Nadège Sordet, Guylaine Noyon
Chanteuse Aissata Kouyate doumdoums accompagnement Dany Seh N'gnoni chant Bachir Sanogo djembé soliste Thomas Guet guitariste Hervé Sambe
Xavier Ferreira de Lima, Frédéric Poullain
Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work
Coproduction Théâtre Romain Rolland de Villejuif, Centre culturel des bords de Marne / Le Perreux, avec l'aide à la création chorégraphique du Conseil Général du Val-de-Marne coréalisation Théâtre Silvia Monfort, avec l'aide à la diffusion de la Biennale nationale de danse du Val-de-Marne
Production / Coproduction of the video work
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