NACC Presents: MOZONGI
April 6 @ 7:30 pm
By NYATA-NYATA Dance Company
Mozongi (Return) is a piece about time and, more precisely, the physics of time. The step is weight, and weight is time. Not repetition, but persistence. The structure of Mozongi thus unfolds through the contrasts of movement and immobility, of the one and of the many, to give shape to a primordial conflict – that of time, which consumes space. Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata-Nyata has traced the trajectories of a revised and corrected contemporaneity for more than three decades. Zab Maboungou assumes the general and artistic direction of the company, founded in 1987. As its choreographer, and through her renewed art of rhythms and vibrant space, he creates works with powerful gestures that stage the bodies of committed artists of dance and music, both active and meditative, who transform our relationship to time and life.
Founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, artist-choreographer and performer, professor of philosophy and author, Zab Maboungou has distinguished herself on all artistic and cultural action fronts. Her contribution, remarkably, unites and transcends identities and genres without ever diluting the knowledge and practices it has, with a consistency that has never been denied. She has innovated and developed to propose a living art, that is to say, an art which goes beyond stories and communities and wants to stage beings and their time.
Born in Paris but coming from Congo-Brazzaville, she grew up in a post-independence atmosphere, where she was introduced to dance. Zab Maboungou managed to translate and establish another presence and focus for the imagination, thanks to her work and its involvement in artistic and cultural development.
“…an unforgettable contemporary African dance. Mozongi is a dance of tremendous strength and purpose. In this immensely powerful performance, a mere four dancers manage to suggest the presence of thousands.”Linde-Howe-Beck, The Gazette, 2001