The following video, shot in 2017, shows a Zamblé masquerade in a village in the Ivory Coast. It is not of high technical quality, and it shows only a few moments of a performance that can last a long time. Nevertheless, it's enough to appreciate some relevant aspects.
First, as you will see, this performance requires remarkable physical control and athletic ability to sustain the rapid footwork. The skill of the Zamblé masker is judged on the speed and fluidity of execution, variety of steps, sudden changes in rhythm and various virtuosities on a single leg. The steps are "fast and furious" as befits an unpredictable, dangerous spirit.
Second, the attendant is always behind the masker, holding the tail of the skin. Eberhard Fischer, who has done much fieldwork in Guro country, points out that, that according to some elders, «the young man behind Zamblé who hold the tail of the leopard represents the hunter who once captured the spirit.» (E. Fischer, cit.). In addition to this symbolic function, there is also a practical reason: the attendant has to guide the masker, who is almost blind because the mask doesn't allow him to see what's going on around him. So the attendant guides the masker and sometimes picks up the coins and paper money thrown by the people as offerings to Zamblé and signs of appreciation.
Third, the performance is a collective one: there is no clear separation between the space where the Zamblé masker moves with his helper, the space where the musicians sit, and the space reserved for the audience. With the exception of the women, who are allowed to watch but not to participate and are not allowed to touch the masker, the men of the community where the performance takes place participate in various capacities, challenging the Zamblé, making offerings, flattering him, shouting, dancing, singing, and moving around the arena. The flutists also follow and move with the Zamblé.
The masquerade may appear to Westerners as a random and haphazard spectacle, but it is not a spectacle, and each stage of it is codified by tradition, although in recent years the spectacular aspect has been emphasized at the expense of the ritual one.