Serge Aimé Coulibaly

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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, rooted in emotion but always the bearer of reflection and hope. His vigorous expressiveness makes his work universal and finds a response on several continents. Since he set up his Faso Danse Théâtre company in 2002, Serge Aimé has been exploring complex themes, with the desire to offer young people a genuine positive dynamism. His productions have been presented in many theatres in Europe and Africa and have also been invited to several festivals.

This open view of the world and of differences, which he always questions, plus his constructive energy and will to persevere, has led to collaboration with several other artists since the beginning of his career. He regularly works on international productions, both as a performer and choreographer.

  • La Maladie de la Mort (M. Duras). Director: Moïse Touré (France) –  2015
  • Cut the Sky. Marrukegu Company (Australia). Director: Rachael Swain –  2014
  • Double Jeu. Creation for two dancers with Farid Berki (France) –  2013
  • Cross and Share. Julie Dossavi (France) –  2012
  • C(h)oeurs. Les Ballets C de la B. Alain Platel (Belgium) –  2012
  • Burning Daylight. Marrukegu Company (Australia) –  2009
  • I Lost My English. Kalpana Raghuraman (India) –  2008
  • Tempus Fugit. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium) –  2004
  • Wolf. Les Ballets C de la B. Alain Platel (Belgium) –  2003

Serge Aimé’s work, always in motion and fueled by curiosity and generosity, has aroused the interest and confidence of a great many organizations. In addition, his desire and will to share his knowledge has led him to make dance pieces for amateur dancers.

  • Gloed. De Grote Post (Ostend. Belgium). Production for 50 amateur dancers over 50 years old-  2015
  • Opening ceremony for the Championnats d’Athlétisme Juniors. (Lille. France) –  2011
  • En Attendant l’Indépendance. Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels) –  2010
  • Fitry. La Nuit des Musées. Musée de la Piscine (Roubaix. France) –  2010
  • Mappemonde. CCN Nord-Pas de Calais (Carolyn Carlson). Production for 45 amateur dancers. (Roubaix. France) –  2009
  • Sugar. Liverpool 2008 – European Capital of Culture. (Liverpool. United Kingdom) –  2007
  • Opening ceremony for FESPACO. (Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso) –  1999
  • Opening ceremony for the African Football Cup. (Burkina Faso) –  1998

During his artistic training with the FEEREN company in Burkina Faso, headed by Amadou Bourou, and afterwards in his time at Le Centre National Chorégraphique de Nantes, under Claude Brumachon, Serge Aimé Coulibaly was able to develop his talent and personal tastes and then transfer them into art. He aims to develop an original creativity and involves the dancers and choreographers who attend his master-classes in questioning their responsibility as performing artists and the power of the vocabulary that has a significance in their role as citizens.

  • Lecturer. Conservatoire Royal de Mons (Belgium) –  2016
  • Lecturer. National Dance Academy of Rome (Italy) –  2016
  • Teacher. Ecole des Sables. Germaine Acogny (Senegal) – 2013
  • Creation of the ‘Lecture-Dance’ Quand Je Danse Je Parle Aussi et Quand Je ne Parle Pas, Je Danse Peut-Être. –  2013 – This workshop has in the meantime been given on every continent: in Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Guinea etc.), in Europe (France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy), in Asia (Hong Kong, Bangalore) and America (New York, Philadelphia).

To provide a place for experiment and concrete reflection for his creations and his concept of artistic commitment, Serge Aimé set up ANKATA in Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso): an International Laboratory for Research and Production in the Performing Arts. It is open to everyone and is a crossroads for exchanges between different continents, disciplines and communities with the common aim of inventing the future.