‘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.
Serge-Aimé Coulibaly, is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso.
He was an actor, musicien, 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 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. And ever since there has been no looking back.
All his works have toured extensively throughout Africa and Europe.
Kalakuta Republic is a choreography project based on the music of Fela Kuti and freely inspired by his life.
"I just want to do my part and leave ... Not for what they’re going to remember you for, but for what you believe in as a man." (Fela Kuti)
Fela is a completely unique artist: a huge desire for freedom, a sulfurous lifestyle, political conscience engraved in his body and his absolutely original musicality, born form the mixing of Africa and the Occident. His years spent in London, and then the United States allowed him to take the step back necessary to reach a fine understanding of the African continent and the political chess game that was really being played. Visionary, his ideas and his art are still today radically modern and completely resonate with current affairs.
Fela’s personality, his political commitment in Nigeria, contrasted country with a rich soil, widely coveted, and a galloping misery, the lively modernity of his work are ideal starting points for a larger questioning.
What is an artist’s place in society? What is the responsibility for the one that through his creation carries a committed voice?
How, in a world that changes rapidly and creates fear and turning on oneself, do you bring about an opening of consciousness to what’s different?
Concept & Chorégraphie : Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Création & Interprétation : Antonia Naouele, Marion Alzieu, Adonis Nébié, Sayouba Sigué, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Ahmed Soura, Ida Faho
Dramaturgie : Sara Vanderieck | DJ & Musicien : Yvan Talbot | Assistant à la chorégraphie : Sayouba Sigué | Scénographie & costumes : En cours | Création lumière : Hermann Coulibaly | Création son & musique additionnelle : Sam Serruys | Vidéo : Eve Martin.
Production : Halles de Schaerbeek & Faso Danse Théâtre | Production déléguée : Halles de Schaerbeek | Coproduction en cours, dont confirmées : Maison de la Danse (Lyon, France), Le Tarmac - La scène internationale francophone (Paris, France), Torinodanza (Turin, Italie), Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso), Les Récréâtrales (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso), De Grote Post (Ostende, Belgique), Festival Africologne (Cologne, Allemagne).