Gaby Saranouffi (Antananarivo, Madagascar)


Concept, Choreography, Performed by: Gaby Saranouffi (Antananarivo, Madagascar)

Dramaturgy, Film Director, Installation: Moeketsi Koena (South Africa)

Photographer: Denis Rion (France)

Filmmakers: Adrian Tony (South Africa) & Monalisa Mhlophe (South Africa)

Costume designer: Songezo Mcilizeli (South Africa)\

Music Composition: Pascal Raymond (Reunion Island)


FACE(S) OF BASADI began as an art installation collaboration with photographer Jodi Bieber. For JOMBA!, Saranouffi has turned this installation into a screen dance film. The work explores the important steps that women in Africa take in their cultural or traditional journeys, focusing on various rites of passage as a pillar of identity. Saranouffi begins to interrogate the Reed Dance ceremony in some parts of South Africa and how it images young girls in their journey to become women.

About Gaby Saranouffi

Gaby Saranouffi is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director of ITROTRA Art X Connection. She lives and works between South Africa and Madagascar. She was decorated with the Knights of the Order of Art and Letters and Culture from the French Government. Saranouffi is one of the most important female artist pioneers of dance in Madagascar. She has set up, in Madagascar, a new strategic concept of a cultural policy that has benefited the people of Madagascar and has opened doors to many Malagasy artists. In July 2020, she was the recipient of the “Standard Bank Award Ovation Award” with the piece CORPS/BODY, co-choreographed with Moeketsi Koena.