NVCC's International Center for the Arts Festival, 2019:
Monday - Wednesday, April 15 - 17, 2019
About the Festival: The International Center for the Arts Festival celebrates “who we are” at NVCC! This year, the festival features performances
focused on the continent of Africa. The festival lineup includes Storytelling in diverse forms (Dance,
Spoken Word, Theatre and Art), Documentary Films, Dance, Drum Circle and Masterclasses lead by our Fulbright
Scholar,-in-Residence, Aguibou Bougobali Sanou (of Burkina Faso, Africa). The finale of the festival is the performance
of an original Dance Theatre piece choreographed and performed by Aguibou!
About Aguibou: NVCC’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Aguibou Bougobali Sanou, was born in a large family of
artists living in Burkina Faso, Mali and Ivory Coast, Africa. He is founder and choreographer of the Tamadia Dance
Company in Bobo-Dioulasso, and several regional collaborative projects with companies based in Mali, Senegal,
and Niger. He also founded and directed the IN-OUT Dance Festival in 2014 which annually has attracted more
than 80,000 international participants.
He started African and modern dance at a young age. In 2008, strongly infuenced by the works of prominent
choreographers from the Global South, Salia Sanou and Akram Khan, he developed a personal approach of
contemporary dance, mixing traditional Mandinka and contemporary dance repertoires, storytelling and strong
elements of animism and spirituality. He actively worked to give African contemporary dance a strong identity and
legitimacy in the global art world. His works have been shown in Burkina Faso, Morocco, Benin, Senegal, Mali,
France and Korea.
Known as "Bougobali," he was a semi-finalist in 2016 of "Africa's Got Talent." The dancer and musician speaks four
languages and is experienced in theater, television, and storytelling. NVCC is proud to call Sanou faculty this year.