Cirque Kalabante performance, with men playing drums and another man rolling in the sky and being caught.

Cirque Kalabanté – 'Afrique en Cirque'

May 19, 2023 | Yardley Hall

Past Event

All ages

“Afrique en Cirque” is a highly colorful creation featuring amazing acrobats performing authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of native instruments of Guinea.

To the melodious sound of the Kora, artistic director and company founder Yamoussa Bangoura takes us into an elsewhere that radiates the diversity of traditional African arts with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance. 

Bangoura began his professional career with the show “La Légende du Singe Tambourinaire.” After being spotted in Spain with Cirque Éloize, he was recruited for the show “Nomade,” where he performed from 2002 to 2007.

In 2010, he joined an equestrian company, Cavalia, for the creation of the show “Odysséo” and toured with them until 2012, after which he chose to focus on his own company, Productions Kalabanté, based in Montreal.

Bangoura always dreamed of founding a multidisciplinary circus school and forming his own company specializing in African arts. Kalabanté (meaning “child go-getter, ambitious, with exceptional courage” in the Susu language), carries a double mission: promoting the artistic cultures of African and humanitarian projects while promoting cultural exchanges between Canada and Guinea. Kalabanté’s highlighting of multiculturalism shows audiences that it is possible to be united in solidarity and to communicate and live together despite cultural differences.