Sept. 24, 2022 

Dorothy Menker Theater

Endowment for the ArtsThis project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Cirque KalabanteAfrique en Cirque is a highly colorful creation featuring a handful of amazing acrobats, and musicians, performing their authentic choreography to the frantic rhythms of djembes and other native instruments of Guinea.

To the melodious sound of the Kora, artistic director and company founder, Yamoussa Bangoura takes us into an elsewhere that radiates the diversity of traditional African arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance.

Kalabante Productions was created in 2007 by Yamoussa Bangoura, multidisciplinary artist of Guinean origin who always dreamed of founding a multidisciplinary circus school and forming his own company specializing in African arts. Kalabante meaning "child go-getter, ambitious, with exceptional courage" in Susu language, carries a double mission: promoting the artistic cultures of African and humanitarian projects, while promoting cultural exchanges, between Canada and Guinea. Kalabante's highlighting of multiculturalism shows audiences that it is possible to be united in solidarity and to communicate and live together despite cultural differences.

Yamoussa Bangoura, Artistic Director
Multidisciplinary artist who began his circus training with the Guinean troupe, Circus Baobab, Yamoussa began his professional career with the show, "La Legende du Singe Tambourinaire:' After being spotted in Spain with Cirque Eloize, he was recruited for the show Nomade, where he performed from 2002 to 2007. In 2010 he joined the equestrian company, Cavalia, for the creation of the show Odysseo and toured with them until 2012, after which time he chose to focus on his own company, Productions Kalabante. Yamoussa frequently takes part in other special events with Cirque Eloize, The 7 Fingers, Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Fantastic, Artcirq, and Productions Nuits d'Afrique. Yamoussa also has a strong background in traditional African dance thanks to an internship with Les Ballets Africa ins, and his training with the Saamato Troupe.

Fine and Performing Arts Center
Upcoming Events

Tiempo Libre
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

“The Piano Men” featuring Jim Witter
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.

Carpenters Christmas featuring Lisa Rock
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

The Best of The Second City
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

and more!

Box Office: (708) 974-5500
For more information on performances or to purchase tickets online, visit

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Nicholas Mokelke, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Technical Crew—Ala Nator, Camari Morrison, Evan Johnston, Guadalupe Sosa, Jackie Bobbitt, Jeremy Kalisz, Joel Catalon, Leslie Nance, Nathan Carpenter, Quintin Turnbow, Sam Dell, Tom Schoenbeck, Nataile Krol, Jessica Miller, Omar Eloiza

By attending this performance, you acknowledge that you have granted permission to appear in photographs, video capture and capture by other media in all public spaces in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Your image may be used by Moraine Valley Community College for promotional purposes. This blanket permission releases and  waives any claim against the college and its employees arising from the use of such images in any medium.