As a little boy who grew up in Guinea, he watched the circus and dreamed of one day creating his own.
“I was very young, but I was encouraged to study acrobatics and movements in the air like the ones I saw on TV. I also watched people on the streets and in my village do the same crazy things, and I knew I wanted to do it all. ” says Yamus Bangoura.
And in the end he did, creating his own African musical acrobatic production, which he calls “Kalabante: Afrique en Cirque”, which he translates as “a child who always wants to try something new”.
Appropriate description for a person who traveled from Conakry, the capital of Guinea, to work with companies such as Circus Baobab, Circus Eloize, Cirque du Soleil and others – eventually founding his own company, which will perform on Sunday, May 1 in Annenberg . The Performing Arts Center and part of the Penn Live Arts Children’s Festival in Philadelphia.
Debuting in Philadelphia, Kalabante features authentic dances and amazing acrobatic feats to the rhythms of djembe, bark and other West African instruments.
But before creating his own circus, this talented and determined performer was recruited by Circus Eloize and brought to Montreal, Canada. But by performing with them for several years, he never lost sight of his own personal dream.
He says: “I used to tour the world with Circus Eloize for seven years, but now I want to do my own thing. I dreamed of creating my own music, doing my own choreography, all in my own way, where circus, drums and music would blend. Today, the music we play, the way we play the drums, is all the habit we do. There are even stories in our show. This is the life we live in Africa. ”
So in 2007 Bangura made his dream come true and opened his own company in Montreal. Now debuting in Philadelphia, Kalabante presents true dances and true acrobatic feats tuned to the pulsating rhythms of djembe, corse and other West African instruments. To make his dream come true, Banura enlisted the talents of many members of his extended family, including his sisters, brothers and cousins.
With stunning success in 2010, Calabante became part of a documentary called “Circus Without Borders”. And in 2018, Bangura opened his own studio and school in Montreal, offering classes in African dance, circus and drumming.
According to the founder, COVID temporarily stopped the development of his troupe. “It has become very difficult for us to perform, but now everything looks better. However, we face many challenges, one of which is travel, which we do a lot. ”
Traveling today is a daunting task. “Covid made it so hard for us, but I still think it’s worth it. We love being on stage, so we need to travel. We’ve been around the world, and we need to keep doing it so people can see us and meet us – especially with our dream of ever being on Broadway! “