International Center for the Arts Festival (ICA)
International Center for the Arts: April 15-17, 2019​

"Crossing Borders: Africa" ​




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.

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The Program

The Program


Monday, April 15

Prism Lounge/5th Floor Hallway

  • 11:10-12:30 AFRO-Caribbean Art Exhibit
    African Poetry Recitations
  • 12:45-2:05 “Stories from The Wall,” an Open Mic event
    “DNA for Dinner,” an original play by Kevoy Somerville
    Terpsichorean Dance Club Improvisation: “What’s Our Story? What are our Roots?” 

Tuesday, April 16

Café West: International Films

  • 11:10-12:30 “The T-shirt Travels
    sponsored by the Max R. Traurig Library
  • 12:45-2:05 “The Dancer Thieves”

Wednesday, April 17

Ruth Ann Leever Atrium, Celebration of NVCC's Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Aguibou Bougobali Sanou

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Storytelling - Child Development Center
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Drum Circle- An epic jam session featuring Aguibou and his brother, Moussa (a drummer who lives in Italy). The brothers will teach basic beats to attendees and then lead participants.
  • 11:45 – 12:15 Dance Workshop with Aguibou Bougobali Sanou
  • 12:15 – 1:15 Symposium on Burkina Faso Traditions and Education
  • 1:15 – 1:45 Dance Workshop with Terpsichorean Dance Ensemble
  • 5:30 – 6:45 A ReBours (translation: “Countdown”) - Mainstage
  • 6:45- 7:30 Reception

Naugatuck Valley welcomes the communities we serve to this international celebration of life though dance.

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