Zab Maboungou was born in Paris, France, but raised in a post-independence atmosphere in Congo-Brazzaville, where she was introduced to dance. She is the founder of the renowned Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, which celebrated their 35 year anniversary last year (2022). Zab is also an artist-choreographer and performer, professor of philosophy and author, and a trainer and mentor. Over twenty solo and group performances have taken her across Turtle Island and West Africa, with stops in Korea and Europe. She has received numerous awards and accolades, beginning with Dance Immersion’s Dance Pioneer Award in 1993, and (with too many awards to mention here) was more recently in 2015 was inducted into UNESCO’s International Dance Committee.
In this 29-minute recording, Zab and Diane discuss the importance of movement, the centrality of dance in life processes and intellectual considerations, Zab’s Lokéto dance process, and more!