Uptown Moves


Happening in the Lyric Theatre

in association with dance Immersion



Uptown Moves presents dance works by world-renowned Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata (Montreal) in the Toronto premiere of Mozongi, and Shameka Blake’s emergent dance company Artists in Motion (Toronto) with a Canadian premiere of Earth, in a powerful double-bill performance that examines our connection to time through contemporary explorations of the dance and music of the African diaspora.


The Masterclass Workshop & Community Meet & Greet on November 14, 7:00PM is $5.
Zab Maboungou shares her unique brand of avant-garde African dance.




A: NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Workshop with Zab Maboungou (for experienced dancers, ages 16+)         $5 

7:00 PM    Workshop – Register Here



B: November 16, 2019

7:00 PM    Double-Bill Dance Presentation     $40 (students $15)

+ Pre-show lecture/demonstration by Coco Collective beginning at 6:15 PM










Emerging artist Shameka Blake opens the show with a debut of her urban-inspired piece, EARTH – a creation story, set on her company Artists in Motion. With a primordial Earth origin story as an inspirational backdrop, the artists explore their individual connections to the beginning of time and the present day through powerful experimentation with energy, physicality and musical dialogue.
Mozongi (Return) choreographed by Zab Maboungou, is about the physics of time. The step is weight, and weight is time. Not repetition, but persistence. The structure of the piece unfolds through the contrasts of movement and of immobility, of the one and of the many, in order to give shape to a primordial conflict – that of time which consumes space.


Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata

Zab Maboungou/Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata is a unique contemporary dance company. Its artistic director, senior choreographer, thinker, and renowned performer Zab Maboungou has asserted her firm commitment to producing choreographic works throughout the world, on and off stage. Zab teaches the techniques of African dance to help develop international audiences and takes an active part in the institutional renewal of policies concerning the arts field.


Artists in Motion

Artists in Motion Dance Company is a multidisciplinary Toronto dance company incorporating a fusion of dance genres including West African, hip hop, dancehall, jazz and Western contemporary. The company consists of gifted young dancers dedicated to elevating the art of urban dance.

Led by Shameka Blake, 2015 Black Canadian Award recipient for Best Urban Dance Act, Artists in Motion has worked the stage with Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Divine Brown, Deborah Cox, Hilary Duff, Nelly Furtado, Flo Rida, Jully Black, Victoria Duffield, and Hedley. The company won MuchMusic’s New.Music.Live. Best Dance Crew, choreographed the Victory Celebration of the 2015 Pan Am Games, and has participated in the MuchMusic Video Awards, World Partnership Walk, Toronto International Film Festival, and Toronto Pride Festival.




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November 16, 20197:00 pm