Portrait of Amala Dianor: from hip-hop to contemporary dance

  • 17.02.2021

Both choreographer and performer with a sensitive body language, Amala Dianor offers a large and hybrid choreographic work where hip-hop and contemporary dance intertwine.

Amalar Dianor: a self-taught man

Amala Dianor enrolled in the Centre National de Danse contemporaine in Angers only at the age of 24, but this didn’t stop him hitting the ground running. In a few years, the self-taught hip-hop dancer has become an accomplished performer who puts his sensitive, virtuoso movements at the service of the most renowned contemporary choreographers, such as Emanuel Gat. Meanwhile, he is developing his own language, flexibly combining hip-hop energy, abstract contemporary dance and elegant neoclassicism. 

Amala DIANOR Choregrapher
Amalar  Dianor @ofgda - Credits: @ofgda
The falling stardust de Amala Dianor

A shape-shifting repertoire:

His repertoire includes around 15 works that successfully cross borders and styles, from his early solos, including 2014’s Man Rec (meaning “only me” in wolof)-, to The Falling Stardust, a 2019 piece for nine dancers, to duos and trios. His next work will explore the relationship between dance and set design with 10 performers, including a musician.

Endlessly setting and meeting new challenges, he dreams of eventually creating “a generous body of work that, through its form, strikes the right balance between the various parts making it up"

“ It is not a question of erasing individuality; each dancer is a personality and an added value to the dance ”

Amala Dianor

Choreographer and performer

A training and collective creation mission 

In 2012, Amala Dianor founded his own company, which is accredited by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (DRAC), the Pays de la Loire region and the city of Angers. From 2019 to 2021 he was associate artist at the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and from 2021 to 2023 he will be a member of the Grand Ensemble des Quinconces-l’Espal scène nationale in Le Mans, after being with the CDCN Pôle-Sud in Strasbourg for three years. 

With support from the BNP Paribas Foundation since 2020, Amala Dianor is also involved in Siguifin, a training and collective creation programme in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso, working with dancers who are becoming professionals in collaboration with local choreographers. 

Canal Project

Starting on February 15, 2021, discover Amala Dianor in this year’s “online” digital version of the Canal project, initiated by the Centre National de la Danse (CN D) located in Pantin, dedicated to the choreographic sector with the aim of offering professionals a space to meet with : performances, meetings, workshops, round tables, screenings

Crédits photos : @ofgda, @Jeff Rabillon

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