3. 6. 2016. / 21:00 / ZKM

Serge Aime Coulibaly (Burkina Faso)

When one is born and grows up in countries where the political situation has a huge impact on the simplest things of everyday life, creating becomes a political act and this is undoubtedly what makes me the dancer and choreographer that I am. 
Serge-Aimé Coulibaly

"«How to get to tomorrow? And how will tomorrow end? Who will be there to hold future’s hand so that it doesn’t tremble, so that it smiles? ».
Such was the theme of this last edition of Les Récréatrales for which its artistic director, Etienne Minoungou, desired the stage to open itself to the street…

Sleepless night in Ouagadougou opened the festival,evoking an insurrection night in an imaginary capital on the African continent. The premiere took place a few days before the Ouagadougou events that witnessed people chasing away President Blaise Comparoé. Reality caught up with fiction. What was beingportrayed on staged, was happening in reality on the streets of Ouagadougou.

Sleepless night in Ouagadougou gives a central part to Smockey, songwriter and performer, Kora for best rapper 2010 and one of the leaders of the spearhead movement of the contestation « Le balai citoyen » (The civic broom).

The very contemporary choreographic writing of Serge-Aimé Coulibaly brings the immersion of this creation in the African political reality to full light.

Sleepless night in Ouagadougou is inspired by the different social movements that recently shook Africa. Based on a choreographic phrase destined to condense time – an imaginary night in the Burkinabé capital, the performers shake up conventions. Violence is there, deaf and tangible, with the doubt, the waiting, the night watch, the times of awakening, the succession of fears, the anecdotes and stories that are being told and that follow one another… The threads of the choreography interweave these the movements entangle them - with Smokey’s musical complicity.

Sleepless night in Ouagadougou, an ode to metamorphosis, based on urgency, suspense and the unexpected.

Serge-Aimé Coulibaly is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso.
He was an actor, musician, and dancer of the Feeren company from Burkina Faso (the first professional theater company in West Africa), directed by Amadou Bourou and toured widely in Africa and Europe. Coulibaly choreographed the opening show of the African Football Cup (CAN) Burkina 98 as well as the opening show of the Panafrican Film Festival of Ouagadougou.

From 2001 onwards he has created a number of works in France and joined the famous Belgium Company, Les Ballet C de la B in 2002. He performed in Wolf, C(h)oeurs by Alain Platel and, Tempus Fugit by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.  In 2002 Serge Aimé founded his own company Faso Danse Théåtre in Burkina Faso and in France. ‘Every artistic act is a political act’ says Coulibaly and hence his work always talks about socio-political issues. He created a number of works with his company among which are:

A benguer deals with the complex issue of immigration; Babemba reflect on  historical figures from contemporary Africa such as Lumumba, Sankara and Mandela;  Solitude d’un homme intègre, in which Coulibaly analysis the current relationship between Burkina Faso and France;  Kohkuma 7º South he dreams of the  possibilities of an African Renaissance.  

Coulibaly’s latest work, Sleepless night in Ouagadougou created ripples: the piece predicted the downfall of the president and the work has been well received.

All his works have toured extensively throughout Africa and Europe. Besides creating work for is own company, he is regularly invited as a choreographer and teacher by different dance organizations all over the world including Australia and  India. 

Themse  of his popular master class  ‘When I dance I speak, when I speak I might be dancing’ considers the history of African dance, the history of contemporary dance in Europe and questions how Africans can create their own contemporary vision and work that is not always in reference to Europe.

With his different creations, Serge Aimé Coulibaly has developed an original contemporary language, which is rich and powerful, anchored in African Culture.

The Company

Faso Danse Théâtre, established by Serge Aimé Coulibaly in 2002, is a space for meeting, reflection and research on the choreographic creation of contemporary dance within the African context. The company sees contemporary choreography as an art form, which must actively participate in the cultural, political, economic and social development of people in African countries and throughout the world. To Faso Danse Theatre, art is a force, a means, a weapon that can help the African youth to replace disillusion with confidence, allowing them to take destiny into their own hands.

The company consists of several young creators who have already developed their own choreographic language. The company’s contemporary choreography is solidly anchored in African culture, and has  developed an original contemporary dance language, based on strong themes and with dance as the primary emotion.