Cirque Kalabanté

Afrique en Cirque

Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 PM
Pealer Recital Hall | Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center


Cirque Kalabanté Performers    Photo credit/Peter Graham

Set to the pulsing rhythms of djembes, koras and other native West African instruments, Afrique en Cirque radiates with the vitality of traditional Guinean music and dance and the innovative virtuosity of modern circus. Pure joy from start to finish, the daring acrobats and spirited musicians of Cirque Kalabanté create a breathtaking, immersive journey for the whole family.

Hailing from Guinea and now based in Montréal, Cirque Kalabanté brings light to the artistic culture of Africa, revealing the value of solidarity and living together despite cultural differences. 

Kalabanté’s founder, Yamoussa Bangoura, is an artist of Guinean origin who dreamed of creating a multidisciplinary circus school and company specializing in African arts. Kalabanté, meaning “child go-getter, ambitious, with exceptional courage” in the Susu language, promotes African artistic cultures and humanitarian projects while encouraging cultural exchange.

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Chesapeake Hall Takeover: West African Cuisine

Tuesday, April 18 from 4:30 PM - 8 PM
Chesapeake Dining Hall | FSU Campus

Join us for dinner! The flavors of West African cuisine are on the menu at FSU’s Chesapeake Dining Hall. Pay at the door. $13.40 per person. Cash and Credit accepted.



Workshop: Traditional West African Dance and Rhythms

Monday, April 24 at 6 PM
F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre  | Woodward D. Pealer Performing Arts Center

“If you can talk, you can sing, if you can walk, you can dance.”

Experience West African dance and rhythms with the artists of Cirque Kalabanté. Guinea’s vast cultural traditions include celebrations accompanied by dance, song and rhythms of percussion. Whether Mendiani for young girls, Soli, which accompanies rituals of manhood, or Konkoba, which encourages farmers in their work, traditional Guinean dance invites joy and awakens the senses. This event is open to all, and no previous experience is required. Participation is limited; reserve space online, at 301-687-3137 or

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Sponsored by Thomas Automotive
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This event is presented in collaboration with Frostburg State University's Department of Student Engagement.




Theatre-Style Fixed Seating 

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This event is presented in collaboration with Frostburg State University's Department of Student Engagement.



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CES is supported in part by grants from the  Maryland State Arts Council, the Allegany Arts Council, and the City of Frostburg.

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