Figninto, which means "blind eye" in the Bambara language, explores the relationship between physical and spiritual blindness in the story of the journey from birth to death. Salia Sanou has been likened to a cricket, "riding up with explosive force," and Seydou Boro an albatross, long-limbed and slow-moving. Their company is widely regarded as one of West Africa's most innovative, and their spellbinding performances in Figninto earned them the People's Choice Award at the International Festival of New Dance in Montreal.
Salia ni Seydou offer an enlightening and poetic new perspective on global fusion. Salia was trained in African styles by the older men in his village, and he and Seydou transform those traditional elements with modern dance moves and suggestions of urban influences like break dancing and tap. Likewise the hypnotic music, which creates a framework for the dance both ceremonial and experimental, at times recalling an African-tinged Philip Glass.