Christina Bambara was awarded a 2007/08 LinkUP Residency award to develop “Ninga”. “Ninga” (the face) is duo that questions how the face is changed through the experiences of immigration and racism. The work expresses the violence of racism and the attempts of individuals to find solace while enduring the daily violence of racisms and the difficulties of new racialized experience. The struggle of this daily battle is expressed in the work in attempts to raise consciousness of the differing affects of racisms.
Christian Bambara is a dancer, choreographer, actor and teaching artist who is a dual citizen of the United States and Burkina Faso. He was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1977. Christian is a choreographer for the CCB dance project and has co-directed the company. In September of 1993, he was selected as an actor and dancer to train in traditional dance, contemporary dance and choreography with the polyvalent company, Bourgeon de Burkina. Christian has extensive experience in African theater as well as dance and has over time developed a strong African contemporary technique based on his movement research. He has studied with the company Salia Ni Seydou, Lassan Congo, Mathilde Monnier, Elsa Wolliaston and Robert Seyfried. Christian performed with the Bourgeon de Burkina from 1993-2002 touring Africa, Europe and French Guyana. He has performed his work in the Bodily Dialogues Festival and the Fifth Choreographic Encounters of Africa and the Indian Ocean, two of the larger festivals in West Africa that are platforms for young artists. He has worked collaboratively with Company FEEREN, Company Evasion, the Atelier Theatre Burkinabé, The Gambidi Cultural Center, Brett Raphael, Olivier Tarpaga and Celia Weiss Bambara. Christian has also taught as an artist in Residence at the Education Center for The Arts (ACES) in New Haven Connecticut, the National Music School in Ouagadougou, the French Cultural Center in Burkina Faso, Romona High School for the Performing Arts, Ginga Cultural Center in Santa Barbara, Columbia College and at Grinnell College. In addition Christian has taught Master Classes at Grinnell College and Loyola University in Chicago as well as teaching at studios and dance centers including Links Hall, praxis place, focusfish, Djoniba Drum and Dance Center and the heartbeat house in Michigan, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Connecticut, New York and Iowa.
The CCBdance Project was formed in 2006 by Christian Bambara and Celia Weiss Bambara to promote intercultural understanding and peace through experimental African based contemporary dance. The CCBdance Project aims to address themes of race, travel, translation, love, violence and interculturalism. Since its formation the CCBdance Project has engaged in work that critically addresses the traditional base of West African and Caribbean dance in combination, African contemporary movement as well as with American and European contemporary movement. The company includes the choreography and collaboration of Lacina Coulibaly, Christian Bambara and Celia Weiss Bambara and is directed by Celia Weiss Bambara.
The company’s work has been performed in many locations in Chicago as well as in Connecticut, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Michigan, Iowa, Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Burkina Faso and the Cote d’Ivoire.
The CCBdance Project has been awarded residencies, grants, or partnerships by the Puffin Foundation, US Embassy, Abidjan, The Ministry of Culture, Ivory Coast, Links Hall, Grinnell College, The Chicago Cultural Center, INSAAC (National Arts University), EDEC (Abidjan), Holy Family Ministries, University of Illinois, Chicago, Iowa Arts Council, Gateway Dance Theatre, The City of Chicago, UCIRA, Makeda Thomas Roots and Wings and Dance and Performance Institute, Metro Arts, BVAR, Haiti Soleil and the Haitian Consulate in Chicago.