William Atchouellou William Atchouellou
Co-founder/Artistic Directeur/Choreographer
William, an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, has fifteen years of experience as a professional dancer with an emphasis in Afro-modern, contemporary and traditional West African dance styles. Originally from the Cote d’Ivoire, he was a member and Artistic Director of the Ten Zo Dance Company and has performed and taught throughout the U.S., Mexico and Europe. William has also performed in Pan-African Ballet Donougo-Cote d’Ivoire, Affoubenou de Sakassou-Cote d’Ivoire, Croco Ballet, Ballet Espoir and Black Choreographers Evening. William currently resides in Montreal where he teaches dance and drum, plays drum accompaniment for dance classes and performs self choreographed works.
Henriette Gbou Dioman gbou (Henriette)
Kotou Dance President/Founder
Since 1999, Dioman has played the role of "Earth" in the Cirque du Soleil production of Dralion. Dioman began her career as a dancer in her native Ivory Coast in 1985 first as a member of Company Adoss and then accompanied Marie-Jeanne Tezo as a dancer in performances focusing on traditional Ivoirian music and dance. She has performed with Ballet de la Marahoue in Abidjan and while working as a dancer, actor and percussionist for Tenzo Artisic Ensemble, Diamon sparked the attention of talent agents casting for performers for Cirque du Soleil. Touring internationally with Cirque, Dioman performed as a dancer and singer in venues on four continents from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Since 2008, Dioman has called Montreal home and is currently teaching African dance while working on future theatrical endeavors.