Chan Centre Presents

Kalabanté: Afrique en Cirque

Thu Feb 24 2022 8pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

Combining theatre, dance, music, and some utterly astonishing physical feats, Afrique en Cirque is a high-flying, audaciously athletic feast for the senses. Bangoura’s 12-piece Montréal-based troupe Kalabanté Productions fuses long-established African arts and European circus traditions to showcase exceptional dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and equilibrists, as well as a group of highly skilled musicians. Their riveting performances burst from the stage with vibrant costumes, dynamic lighting design, and an impressionistic, affecting narrative of stolen dreams, community, and redemption.

Guinean Montréaler Yamoussa Bangoura is an acrobat, musician, aerialist, choreographer, and artistic director who studied in France and Spain and performed with Cavalia, Cirque du Soleil, and Cirque Éloize before establishing his own company. A born leader with a strong artistic vision, Bangoura also composed all the music for Afrique en Cirque, which is based on the electric polyrhythms of West Africa and includes vigorous and masterful performances on the kora—an African harp made from a split calabash—as well as the saxophone, bass, and varied percussion instruments.

Please note, there will be a pre-concert talk at 7PM in the Chan Shun Concert Hall with Njamba Koffi, poet, musician and author. He currently serves as a member of the advisory board for LEVEL Youth Granting, an initiative by the Vancouver Foundation focused on Indigenous and racialized immigrant and refugee young people. He also serves as an advisor for Amala, a charity organization which provides education to displaced youth globally. 

"…a kind of daredevil circus, full of astounding leaps, rolls, and drum music."
Georgia Straight

Health & Safety Info:

We are committed to ensuring you have a safe and comfortable experience. This performances is sold at 50% capacity and  patrons are required to wear a mask indoors at all times and prove their full vaccination status to attend an event. For more information, please click here.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols for this event will be in accordance with the most current BC public health orders and UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules. 


Thu Feb 24 2022 8pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall
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