Malonga made a transition to join the ancestors on June 15, 2003.

The Community classes are continuing normally and are

led by very well qualified congolese born teachers.

Please continue to support.

 

CitiCentre Dance Theatre

In Conjuction With

Fua Dia Congo

Presents



Malonga

Congolese Drum And Dance Workshops

By Malonga Casquelourd



Saturdays

1:00 PM

$10 (DISCOUNT AVAILABLE)



CitiCentre Dance Theatre

The Alice Arts Center

1428 Alice Street

Downtown Oakland

(510) 451-1230

(510) 562-0831



Past Production


MASTER CLASS - CONGOLESE DRUM & SONGS
By Congolese Master Artist, Malonga Casquelourd


FUA DIA CONGO Presents MALAKI MATANGA
A Sacred Congolese Music And Dance Experience

DECEMBER 4, 1999 8 PM
ALICE ARTS CENTER THEATRE
1428 ALICE STREET, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

DECEMBER 5, 1999 3 PM
ODC THEATRE, 3153 17 STREET, SAN FRANCISC

FUA DIA CONGO Presents MALAKI MATANGA
A Sacred Congolese Music And Dance Experience
Featuring The Premiere of RETURN TO WORK THE EARTH
MAY 24, 1997 8 PM
LANEY COLLEGE THEATRE, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA



A Little About Malonga

Malonga Casquelourd is a distinguished African choreographer, dancer, master drummer, singer, actor and teacher. He was a principal dancer of the National Congolese Dance Company from 1965 - 1968 after several years of apprenticeship as a child protege at Community Fetes, which are indigenous Congolese centers of learning, devoted to proper assimilation of the younger generations into the cultural traditions of society. As a member of the National Congolese Dance Company, he has toured and performed in several countries of Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.

In 1969, Malonga moved to Europe as a resident choreographer and principal performer with Le Ballet Diaboua, a rare and privileged Congolese repertory company resident in Paris, France. From this base, he led Le Ballet Diaboua in three successful annual performance and touring seasons (1969 - 1971) introducing some rich dance artistry of the Congo and other Central African countries to the European concert-stage.

In 1972, he came to the United States and co-founded Tanawa, the first central African dance company in the U.S.A. while concurrently pursuing a distinguished career as a faculty member of several higher institutions of learning at the east coast. These institutions include Hunters College, New York (1973 - 1974) Clark Center For the Performing Arts, New York (1973 - 1976) York College, Queens, N.Y. (1975) New York University (1974 -1975) and New Jersey State University (1974 - 1975).

In 1976, he moved to California and has since taught at Stanford University (1977 - 1979), San Diego State University (1980) and San Francisco State University (1977 - present).

In 1977 he founded Fua Dia Congo, an African repertory company dedicated to broadening access to the knowledge about Africa's rich cultural heritage across the United States, Canada and Europe. As the company's director, choreographer and principal performer, he has led in many ground breaking performances at major venues in the U.S.A. These include several seasons at the nationally known San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at Herbst Theater, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., a sold-out season at the world-class Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, several seasons at the largest African cultural arts extravaganza in the United States: The African Cultural Festival, Calvin Simmons Theater, Oakland and Harambee African Festival, Houston, Texas. On June 15, 2003, Malonga departed this world to the world of the ancestors. May he rest in perfect peace.

Malonga leads Fua Dia Congo
in Bakongo, a Central African traditional dance-drumming


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