Amala Dianor - 2023 recipient of the Villa Albertine residency

The notion of transmission is fundamental in hip-hop, so my company's projects always follow this idea of sharing.

Choreographer Amala Dianor has been awarded a residency at Villa Albertine. In duo with photographer Grégoire Korganow, their residency will take place in three American cities, in search of new choreographic and musical styles. 

Published on 25/01/2023

5 min

Born in Senegal, Amala Dianor arrived in France at the age of seven. He quickly embarked on a brilliant career in hip hop, which he approached as a true journey of initiation shaped by values of perseverance and the quest for self. In 2000, he decided to turn to contemporary dance and trained at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine (CNDC) in Angers. For the next decade, he worked as a performer, before winning two prizes at the Reconnaissance competition in 2011 for his first choreography, Crossroad. The following year, he created his own company. His solo Man Rec (2014) was his first major success, followed by the duet Extension (2014) and Quelque-part au Milieu de l'infini (2016). This was followed by larger shows such as The Falling Stardust (2019) and the collective work Siguifin (2022). Amala Dianor has also been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres medal. 

Amala Dianor's approach is characterised by a strong hybridisation of genres, but also by numerous collaborations with artists from different backgrounds, including from outside the world of dance. This is the case, for example, with Siguifin, a collective creation with the choreographers Ladji Koné, Alioune Diagne and Naomi Fall, for nine dancers from Burkina Faso, Senegal and Mali. Transmission is also central to his practice, as shown by Wo-Man (2021), a reinterpretation for women of his first solo Mac Rec, designed for the dancer Nangaline Gomis. In 2023, he will travel around the United States with the photographer Grégoire Korganow as part of a residency at the Villa Albertine, in search of the new sounds that are shaking up American hip-hop. 

Amala Dianor is currently an associate artist of many major institutions, such as the Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, the Maison de la Danse de Lyon-Pôle Européen de Création, the Quinconces-l'Espal, the Le Mans national theatre, the CDCN Guyane, and the Théâtre de Mâcon national theatre. His company already has eighteen pieces in its repertoire, widely performed in France and internationally. Recently, his collaboration with photographer Grégoire Korganow, CinéDanse, was broadcast on culturebox.fr as part of Monuments en Mouvement and selected as one of the dance films in the catalogue of the Villa Albertine in the United States. This collaboration will continue in residency during 2023 in the cities of Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

  • 2000


    Amala Dianor joins the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine in Angers.

  • 2011


    He creates his first choreographic work, Crossroad.

  • 2014


    Man Rec, solo.

  • 2022


    Siguifin, choreography co-composed with Ladji Koné, Alioune Diagne and Naomi Fall.

  • 2023


    Residency at the Villa Albertine with the photographer Grégoire Korganow.

L'institut français, LAB