Serge Aimé Coulibaly is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso. He was born in Bobo Dioulasso, and has worked in Europe and the rest of the world since 2002. His inspiration is rooted in African culture and his art is committed to the necessity of powerful contemporary dance. A dance rooted in emotion but also the bearer of reflection and hope.
Inspired by Fela Kuti, the Nigerian composer, saxophonist, conductor, political activist and inventor of Afrobeat, the Belgian-Burkinabe choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly has created a new performance in which politics is more than just a vague dramaturgical undertone. There are six dancers on stage, and this soon becomes seven. From them burgeons an endless series of variations of figures and movements, which serve as metaphors for the compelling urgency to live… A political reflection that races through the body. A language of movement marked by the traditional repertoire, by grooving in nightclubs and by jazz, but which ultimately becomes an entirely new dance that dashes onwards, unencumbered by its origins.
Kalakuta Republik is neither a biography of Fela Kuti, nor a musical showcasing of the artist's work. It is a thrilling study of artistic engagement and what this can set in motion. A performance with an infectious energy. A little piece of Africa without clichés. As in all Coulibaly's work, Kalakuta Republik does not offer answers but instead puts questions on the table. Which events in the world inspire people to come together and look for alternatives? What makes people seek out charismatic leaders? What is the power that these leaders really have and under which conditions? How much freedom is possible within a movement?
A performance with an infectious energy. A little piece of Africa without clichés.
Concept and choreography Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Co-created and performed by Adonis Nebié, Marion Alzieu, Sayouba Sigué, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Ahmed Soura, Ida Faho, Antonia Naouele
Music Yvan Talbot
Video Eve Martin
Dramaturg Sara Vanderieck
Set and costume design Catherine Cosme
Lighting Hermann Coulibaly
Production Faso Danse Théâtre & Halles de Schaerbeek