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Fua Dia Congo

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Congolese Dance
Drawing its name from the Kikongo language, Fua Dia Congo, meaning Congolese heritage, is a professional repertory dance company. The talents of Fua’s skilled musicians and dancers are a direct result of the works of the company’s Founder, the late world-renowned Congolese Master Artist, Malonga Casquelourd. Malonga established Fua Dia Congo in 1977 as an entity dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and study of traditional Central African culture. Today, Fua remains committed to his vision by preserving Congolese culture through artistic interpretations of its daily life and rituals.

Fua’s unique repertoire draws upon religious, social, and military traditions of descendents of the Kongo Kingdom, demonstrates a cutting edge innovation within a classical dance form, and asserts cultural values through song, music, and dance.

Fua continues to set the standard for presentation of traditional Congolese art forms on the concert stage, including at Jacob’s Pillow, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, the world premiere of "Kusum Africa” at Zellerbach Hall and many other national and international venues. The company's unique teaching and performance residencies have been conducted in public schools and universities nationwide and throughout the world.  Fua has been honored many times for its artistic achievements, providing a platform for audiences to learn about and participate in the rich cultural heritage of Central Africa.

 



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