For Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Burkinabe choreographer located in Brussels, dance is a social commitment. Through a powerful and universal language he questions the world and shares his reflections with an international audience. If his inspiration is rooted in Africa, his influences are many. Additionally, each creative episode takes place in Africa as well as in Europe.
Contemporary and anchored in emotion, Serge Aimé Coulibaly’s dancing is always hopeful. It’s through this prism that he touches on complex themes which he fills with positive energy.
After having investigated a popular uprising (Nuit Blanche à Ouagadougou), after having explored what a commitment for a better world requires from the individual (Kalakuta Republik), after having scrutinized our disdainful gaze on the history of migratory peoples through a few West African origin myths (Kirina), WAKATT questions the “fear of the other” that is so prevalent in the present day.
In this project Serge Aimé Coulibaly wonders about the nature of humankind, his “natural instinct.” Are we violent by default? Do we spontaneously reject those who we do not know? Or it is just manipulation of the masses that we can counter?
At a time when walls are being built between different peoples, when nationalisms thrive on the rejection of the other, WAKATT incites to resistance and openness towards a common and generous future.
Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Music composition & direction
Creation & Performance
Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki
Magic Malik Orchestra :
Scenography & costumes
Joris De BolleArtistic advice
Matisse De Groote
Hanna El Fakir
Company Manager Faso Danse Théâtre
Faso Danse Théâtre
Création Studio Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles
Faso Danse Théâtre & Münchner Kammerspiele
Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE), La Biennale de la Danse Lyon (FR), Ruhrtriennale (DE), deSingel Antwerpen (BE), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Tanzhaus Düsseldorf (DE)
Frans Brood Productions
With the support of
Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso), Dreamcity Tunis
With help from
La communauté Flamande, La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Le Tax Shelter Belgique
Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK co-production support for dance, sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media of Germany.