Eyes on the prize of diversity


In Montréal’s contemporary dance world, Zab Maboungou holds a unique status. As director of the Nyata Nyata African dance company, founded 25 years ago, the choreographer is renowned for her powerful and poetic performances—and for her complete dedication to her mission of creating new works, training young dancers and educating audiences around the world.

In 2015, the Conseil des arts de Montréal presented its inaugural award for cultural diversity in dance to Zab Maboungou and Nyata Nyata—in recognition of the exceptional quality of her work, her great emphasis on teaching, and her outstanding commitment and contribution to cultural diversity.

Established in 2011 by the choreographer Marie Chouinard, the annual Prix de la danse de Montréal applaud excellence among Montréal dance artists and reaffirm the city as a major dance destination.