a contemporary initiatory journey
WORLD PREMIERE 17-18th of August 2023 @ Tanz im August Berlin (DE)

C La Vie marks a new chapter in the work of choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly and in his virtuoso, generous, committed and powerful dance, which is bursting with wild energy. As with each of his creations, Serge Aimé Coulibaly revisits African cultures, drawing inspiration from initiation rituals, the role of masks and the spoken word, and linking them to the contemporary global context.

With C la Vie Serge Aimé Coulibaly embraces the great tradition of initiation stories, while creating a resolutely contemporary work using body language, voice, music and video.

The 9 performers join on stage – a public square where anything can happen and nothing is lost. As they embark on this adventure, they examine our contemporary world and our lives, with its often disastrous and complex realities. They approach this transition toward other possibilities without answers or final goals, but with one single commitment: to live and create it together.

On stage, the elements converge to interrogate and explore the themes of the folly of the times, its ugliness, the grotesque spectacle of our society with its great empty speeches, the repetition of history and then joy too.

In this performance, Serge Aimé Coulibaly invites us to question our choices as human beings and citizens: Why and how can we give meaning to our lives?


Production Faso Danse Théâtre

Concept & choreography Serge Aimé Coulibaly

Assistant choreographer Sigué Sayouba

Creation and performance Jean Robert Koudogbo-Kiki, Ida Faho, Angela Rabaglio, Guilhem Chatir, Djibril Ouattara, Arsène Etaba, Bibata Maiga, Dobet Gnahoré et Yvan Talbot

Singer Dobet Gnahoré

Music Yvan Talbot aka Doogoo D

Dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck

Artistic Assistant Hanna El Fakir

Lighting design Emily Brassier

Artistic direction costumes, scenography & video Eve Martin

Videographer John Pirard

Costume design Mira Van den Neste

Technical coordination Thomas Verachtert

Light technician Hermann Coulibaly

Sound technician Andreas Le Roy

Stage manager Dag Jennes

Production manager Arnout André de la Porte

Distribution Frans Brood Productions

Coproduction Charleroidanse (BE), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin (DE), La Rampe-La Ponatière Echirolles (FR), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LU), Festival RomaEuropa (IT), Festival Culturescapes Basel (CH), Münchner Kammerspiele (DE), KVS- Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg Brussels (BE), Festspielhaus Sankt-Pölten (AT)

With the support of the Flemish authorities and La Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service Général de la Création Artistique – Service de la Danse

C la vie is created with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government