A BREATH OF FREEDOM, INSPIRED BY THE WORK OF FELA KUTI
A necessity. An urgency to say, to be, and above all to do. Words you have to dance to when you can't say them. Words that free and accompany the body in its revolt. For Kalakuta Republik, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, the Burkinabé choreographer, was inspired by the work and scandalous life of Fela Kuti, the politically-active artist who used the stage as a soapbox to vigorously condemn corruption, sexism, inequalities, and multinational corporations exploiting the resources of Nigeria. With this creation, named after the singer's political programme, Serge Aimé Coulibaly explores the question of political commitment, both his and that of his fellow artists.
SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY
Born in Burkina Faso, Serge Aimé Coulibaly trained with Amadou Bourou and Claude Brumachon and moved to Europe in 2002, the same year he created his company, Faso Danse Théâtre, aiming to offer a positive dynamic to the young. After several collaborations (with Alain Platel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, etc.), and although he'd been living in Brussels for the past 10 years, he created a place of experimentation faithful to his conception of artistic commitment in Bobo-Dioulasso, the economic capital of Burkina Faso, which he named Espace Ankata, an international laboratory of research and production, a place of exchange between continents and disciplines. Serge Aimé Coulibaly now works with the Halles de Schaerbeek in Brussels.