Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Serge Aimé Coulibaly, is a dancer and choreographer born in Burkina Faso, and now living Belgium. He was an actor, musicien, and dancer of the famous company Feeren from Burkina Faso (the first professional theater company in West Africa), directed by Amadou Bourou and toured widely in Africa and Europe. Here 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.
‘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. A benguer deals with the complex issue of immigration. In Babemba Coulibaly takes historical figures from contemporary Africa such as Lumumba, Sankara and Mandela. Using them as examples and sources of inspiration he confronts the youth with their hopes and engagement. With Solitude d’un home integre, Coulibaly speaks of the revolution of his inspiration, Thomas Sankara, and analyses the current relationship between Burkina Faso and France. In Kohkuma 7º south it is all about possibilities of an African Renaissance. What if the painful histories of the continent can lead to a change in which people start creating their own destiny and are no longer prisoner of their past? Coulibaly’s latest work, Nuit Blanche a Ougagadougou 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 by different organizations all over the world such as by Marrugeku in Australia. Here he has been working with Aboriginal dance theatre and has been constructing ways to create contemporary work from the Aboriginal forms. He has also been working with choreographers and dancers in India giving choreography masterclasses. And in Africa he tours extensively with his masterclass ‘When I dance I speak, when I speak I might be dancing’ in which he looks into the history of African dance, the history of contemporary dance in Europe and in Africa and questions how Africans can create their own contemporary vision and work that is not in reference to Europe.
With his differents creations, Serge Aimé Coulibaly has developed an original contemporary language, which is rich and powerful, anchored in African Culture.