"Maboungou: Being in the World" [Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer], 2023, Canada, 48 mins, Cert: U + "Negus" [Akeim Toussaint Buck, Ashley Karrell and Muti Musafiri], 2022, UK, 11 mins, Cert: 18 TBC
Tue 10 October // 19:30
Tickets: £8 (full) / £6 (concession)
"Maboungou: Being in the World" delves into the resonant universe of Montréal-based choreographer and philosopher, Zab Maboungou, of Franco-Congolese origin. Her political history, artistry, and pioneering research of rhythm-cultures are acts of empowerment that created belonging for other African artists in Canada and abroad.
"Negus", the title bestowed on Emperors of Ethiopia, the Kings of Kings. This is an initiation, a story of anointing beckoned to the receiver from within. A striking figure narrates this poetic world of form and formlessness, evoking a sense of spirit and other worldliness. Dance and music transiently immerse this journey from the still darkness of the unknown to the coronation of the child. Our ascension doesn’t start from any outward action, it takes place from our acknowledgement of our greatness.
Choreographic Forum following the film screening with:
- film subject, choreographer, philosopher, and dancer Zab Maboungou;
- director Philip Szporer (Mouvement Perpétuel);
- Bristol-based African dance teacher and choreographer Norman "Rubba" Stephenson;
- dance artist and curator Muti 'Mutivation' Musafiri
Chaired by dance artist, activist, former Lord Mayor of Bristol Cleo Lake.