Dances from the Ivory Coast are ones of the most challenging in Africa due to the
use of the centre as a rhythmical base.
Zamble African Dance Company perform a repertoire of the regional dances of the Ivory
Coast. Comprising some 60 distinct ethnic groups, the Ivory Coast boasts one of the
most varied and dynamic traditional dance cultures in West Africa.
Gaspard Zamble grew up in Zrabisseifla, a village in Central West Ivory Coast, famous
for the masked dance called Zaouli. Gaspard is an accomplished exponent of Zaouli,
and so offers the chance to see an authentic example of mask – the life-blood and
root of all African dance culture.
In addition, by virtue of his long and varied experience, Gaspard is able to teach
a repertoire of traditional dances from all over the African continent, and also
fuse contemporary and other cultural influences with his own dance heritage to produce
new and exciting performance and parading work.