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Cirque Kalabanté

October 11, 2024 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm  |

  | $20 – $85

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Single tickets to this performance are on sale August 5, 2024.


Where cirque meets live percussion and music, this performance is a vibrant spectacle inspired by daily life in Guinea, sharing the beauty, youth and artistry of African culture. A colorful show beyond its scenery, costumes and staging, it makes any theatre vibrate with energy and represents the strength, agility and life joys of young Africans. The audience will see acrobats execute gravity-defying moves and human pyramids, accompanied by the contemporary sounds of live Afro-Jazz, percussion and kora. Get ready for an unforgettable journey!


CIRQUE KALABANTÉ was created by Yamoussa Bangoura, a multidisciplinary artist of Guinean origin.  Yamoussa’s dream was to found a school of the circus arts, and to direct his own multidisciplinary company specializing in the African arts.   

Yamoussa first became interested in the Circus Arts as a young man growing up in Conakry Guinea in the 1990’s.   He studied the circus performers he saw on European TV and practiced on the beach and around his home. He also studied the Nyamakala tradition of circus, practiced by the Fula people of West Africa. He eventually joined Guinea’s original circus company, Circus Baobob, with whom he toured Africa and Europe.  

In the early 2000’s, Yamoussa was recruited to come to Canada with Cirque Eloize, a Montreal based Canadian cirque company.  While in Canada he also performed with Cirque du Soleil and Cavalia (cirque with horses).  In 2007, Yamoussa realized his dream and opened his own company, Kalabanté Productions, in Montreal, Canada. He recruited many of his extended family members to join the company, including his twin sisters, brothers, and cousins. 

The company began doing shows in Quebec, and over the years expanded to all of Canada, the USA and now performs worldwide.  In 2018, Kalabanté opened their own studio and school in Montreal, offering classes in African dance, cirque, and drumming. 

Kalabanté Productions is proud to be able to share their work, achievements and skills to inspire others and to assist with the humanitarian mission to help the Guinean community from which Yamoussa and many of his company members come. 

Please note that the Norton Center is a historic venue with limited accessible seating. Special reserved wheelchair and companion seating is available for all shows. Interpretive services and large print programs are available upon request at least 20 days in advance of the performance. Please call the Box Office at 859-236-4692 to request assistance with your accommodations.

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