The title Serge Aimé Coulibaly has chosen for his new piece, Wakatt, is a word of Arabic origin meaning “our era”, in Dioula, his mother tongue. It reflects his duality, working and living in both Bobo-Diolasso, the city where he was born, and Brussels, his adopted home. As always with this choreographer, politics lies at the core of his research. After Kalakuta Republik, inspired by Fela Kuti, but also totally rooted in the realities of Burkina Faso, he is now exploring the dynamics of fear and manipulation, but also those of desire and beauty. With ten dancers and the musician-composer Magic Malik, Coulibaly sheds a sensitive light on today’s sordid realities, while holding onto hope with the full force of body and spirit, in a dance that lives completely in the moment.

There is also a smaller version available with recorded music.

Production: Faso Danse Théâtre
Coproduction: Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE), La Biennale de la Danse Lyon (FR), Ruhrtriennale (DE), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU), deSingel Antwerpen (BE), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Münchner Kammerspiele (DE), Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf (DE)

Première: 17-18-19 September ’20 – Tanzhaus Düsseldorf (DE) and 22-26 September ’20 – Théâtre National Brussels (BE)

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Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Faso Danse Théâtre
  • Genre: Dance / Music
  • World premiere: September '20
  • Direction: Serge Aimé Coulibaly & Magic Malik
  • Creation & performance: Marion Alzieu, Bibata Maiga, Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebie, Jolie Ngemi, Sayouba Sigué, Snake, Ahmed Soura, Marco Labellarte / Magic Malik Orchestra: Magic Malik (dwarsfluit), Maxime Zampieri (drums), Jean-Luc Lehr (bas)

"Serge Aimé Coulibaly is one of the leading lights of contemporary dance on the African continent today.”

Les Inrockuptibles

“Serge Aimé is one of a generation of fascinating artists who want to build artistic bridges between Europe and the African continent. This is an extremely difficult balancing act, but Serge Aimé succeeds in accomplishing it, which can arouse nothing but admiration.”

Alain Platel


Date Group Production Location Organizer
12-01-2021 - 16-01-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Brussel (BE)

Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

21-01-2021 - 24-01-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Hamburg (DE)


03-02-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Leuven (BE) STUK Huis voor Dans


04-02-2021 - 06-02-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Antwerpen (BE) deSingel


10-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Den Haag (NL)

Zuiderstrand Theater

11-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Rotterdam (NL)

Theater Rotterdam

14-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Amsterdam (NL)

ITA – Internationaal Theater Amsterdam

15-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Heerlen (NL)

Parkstad Limburg Theaters

17-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Utrecht (NL)

Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

18-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Breda (NL)

Chassé Theater

27-03-2021 - 28-03-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Bologna (IT)

Emilia Romagna Teatro

02-04-2021 - 03-04-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt New York (US)

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

09-04-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Sankt Pölten (AT)

Festspielhaus St. Pölten

13-05-2021 - 14-05-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt München (DE)

Dance 2021

10-06-2021 - 11-06-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Lyon (FR)

La Biennale de la Danse Lyon

07-07-2021 - 08-07-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Luxembourg (LU) Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
22-07-2021 - 23-07-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Barcelona (ES)

GREC – Festival de Barcelona

22-09-2021 - 25-09-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Hamburg (DE)


29-09-2021 - 30-09-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Athens (GR)

Athens Epidaurus Festival

05-11-2021 - 07-11-2021 Serge Aimé Coulibaly Wakatt Oslo (NO)

Dansens Hus