The title 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 10 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)
- 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.”
“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.”