Wakatt

Serge Aimé Coulibaly / Faso Danse Theatre

Creation 2020

“In an ever-changing, incomprehensible world the masses had reached the point where they would, at the same time, believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. … Mass propaganda discovered that its audience was ready at all times to believe the worst, no matter how absurd, and did not particularly object to being deceived because it held every statement to be a lie anyhow. The totalitarian mass leaders based their propaganda on the correct psychological assumption that, under such conditions, one could make people believe the most fantastic statements one day, and trust that if the next day they were given irrefutable proof of their falsehood, they would take refuge in cynicism; instead of deserting the leaders who had lied to them, they would protest that they had known all along that the statement was a lie and would admire the leaders for their superior tactical cleverness.”

Hannah Arendt, The Origins of totalitarism, 1951.

Wakatt, the new creation of Serge Aimé Coulibaly, is part of an oeuvre that questions everyday reality and social evolutions through a danced vocabulary that speaks of internal violence, human instinct, urgency and the need to express oneself, to say something concrete with one’s body.

After a research of the popular insurrection (Nuit Blanche in Ouagadougou), after exploring what a commitment to a better world imposes on the individual (Kalakuta Republik), after a questioning of our contemptuous look on the migrants, through some founding myths of Western Africa (Kirina); Wakatt is a reflection on the era in which we live and the fear that dominates it.

In this era that sees the rise of nationalism all over the world, the starting point of this new creation is “the fear of the Other”, the one who arrives, the one who is here, the one about whom we are made to believe that he will take our place, our work, our house.

Coulibaly starts from themes like seduction, beauty, that which is flashy and visible. The current great leaders play with temptation. They present something they can never realize, but which is nice to hear in its simplicity. These discourses on identity lead to the stigmatization of certain categories of people. That is what is achieved through populism: the manipulation of people.W

Wakatt examines the state of a certain humanity, a certain “natural instinct”. Does man naturally have a violence buried inside? Does he naturally hate what he does not know? Where does this fear come from that causes us to close ourselves? Is the human being naturally violent? People who seem harmless, can suddenly become incredible cruel. Recently in Burkina Faso, terrorists murdered the head of a village. The people who were responsible for this looked like Fulah. In revenge, the citizens entered a nearby Fulah village and in an act of self-defence, they killed 210 people. Believing they were terrorists, they slaughtered every man they met. These people had always lived together.

To show the dark side of man on stage, could that encourage us to broaden our horizons, to fight for another possible future?


World première : September 2020 at Tanzhaus Düsseldorf/Ruhrtriennale (DE) and at Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE)


Concept & choreography Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Compositions and musical direction Magic Malik
Created and performed by Marion Alzieu, Bibata Maiga, Jean-Robert Koudogbo Kiki, Antonia Naouele, Adonis Nebie, Jolie Ngemi, Sayouba Sigué, Snake, Ahmed Soura, Marco Labellarte
Musicians Magic Malik Orchestra: Magic Malik (German flute), Maxime Zampieri (drums), Jean-Luc Lehr (bass)
Dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck
Assistant choreography Sayouba Sigué
Scenography and Costumes Catherine Cosme
Light Design Giacinto Caponio
Stage manager Matisse De Groote
Sound Technician Ralph M’Fah-Traoré
Light Technician Herman Coulibaly
Assistant director Hanna El Fakir
Production manager Sandra Diris
Technical director Joris De Bolle
Artistic advice Thomas Prédour
Company Manager Faso Danse Théâtre Lies Martens
Communication manager Faso Danse Théâtre Sandra Diris
Pre-production Laure Louvat
Production Faso Danse Théâtre
Coproduction Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE), La Biennale de la Danse Lyon (FR), Ruhrtriennale (DE), deSingel Antwerpen (BE), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Münchner Kammerspiele (DE), Tanzhaus Düsseldorf (DE), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU)
Touring Frans Brood Productions, Gie Baguet en Tine Scharlaken
Thanks to Ankata (Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso) en Dreamcity Tunis
With the support of The Flemish Community, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International and The Belgium TaxShelter

Contact & touring : Frans Brood Productions – Gie Baguet & Tine Scharlaken info@fransbrood.com + 32 9 234 12 12