Come experience this workshop with Master Dancer and Teacher Babacar Top, lead dancer with Jant-Bi! Experimental Sabar fuses contemporary dance and Sabar in a manner that connects with the dance’s traditional roots. Originating from traditional ceremonies, Sabar is often referred to as the national pulse of Senegal. It is known for its rhythmic complexity and sophistication in both movement and music. With its light-footed roots, elegance, and ecstatic rhythms, Sabar is one of the most difficult dances to learn, partly due to the unconventional rhythms the sabar drum creates and the swift shifts of balance while maintaining a seemingly cool demeanor. Understanding the base of sabar gives one the ability to experience full expression of the body in uncharted territory. Experimental Sabar offers an opportunity to delve into the specificity of Sabar as a dance form and connect to an authentic way of expression through the deep roots of its tradition.
Instructor Bio: Khalifa Babacar Top is a Senegalese artist who began his dancing at a young age with Sabar in traditional ceremonies. His interests in storytelling with the body lead him to deepen his learning and seek out more African contemporary dance forms. Top was a company member with Compagnie Jant-Bi for four years. He has worked with Regine Chopinot, Robyn Orlin, Mark Tompkins, Kristie Simon, Rosangela Slivestre, Rachel Erdos and Ido Tadmor. In 2013, he performed Bolero with Maurice Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Top has worked in collaboration with the Association Kaay Fecc in Dakar, Senegal to develop programming that exposes young dancers to a variety of dance forms. He currently teaches at Ecole des Sables. His new work “Ibeu Lo” will premiere in October 2018 in Brussels. He has taught and performed throughout the continent of Africa, Europe and the USA.