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From Guinea

High-octane dance display from West Africa

"What does the 'D' in WOMAD stand for?" That's a popular question round these parts. It is, of course, 'D' for 'dance', an aspect of the festival upheld this time around by, among others, Ballet Nimba. If you thought ballet was all about pirouettes and pas de deux performed at half-speed, let these six dancers recalibrate your preconceptions. This is an energetic, at times highly acrobatic display of West African dance, a discipline somewhat cast into shadow by the spotlight shone on the region's celebrated melody-makers. Not that Ballet Nimba neglect the musical element. The calibre of its accompanying musicians equals that of its dancers, whether delivering furious percussive work-outs or embroidering their compositions with the undulating melodies of the balafon and Fulani flute. Although drawn from several countries across West Africa, Ballet Nimba's focus is on recounting the mythologies and history of Guinea through choreography. We guarantee it'll be the most frenetic and physical history lesson you've ever sat in on.

(Biography written by Nige Tassell 2012)

Ballet Nimba, African Dance Theatre

Ballet Nimba - Taste The World
WOMAD Charlton Park 2012Taste The World28th July14:00
WOMAD Charlton Park 2012Charlie Gillett Stage27th July16:00
Ballet Nimba workshop
WOMAD Charlton Park 2012All Singing All Dancing27th July12:00
Malmesbury School Project with Ballet Nimba
WOMAD Charlton Park 2012Open Air Stage26th July19:00
WOMAD At Bristol Zoo 201230th June

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