Dance, theatre, music, these arts are fed by a need to express all of life, myths and legends, everyday work, love stories, revolt and the fight that is a necessary part of the human condition. Serge Aimé Coulibaly met the company FEEREN in Ouagadougou in 1993 ; there he learnt about acting, dancing and music and developed a taste for long days of meticulous work and increased his creativity. In 1998 and 1999 he became the choreographer for the opening ceremonies of the African Football Cup and FESPACO in Ouagadougou. How could he continue to progress and widen his horizons to find his own personal way ? He chose to explore possible elsewheres and came to France in 2001 where he continued his training with Claude Brumachon and in Danse à Lille, with Dany Lo Flora Gomez. All the while staying open to various collaborations, he set up his company Faso Danse Theatre in 2002. At the same time, he met Alain Platel and the Ballets C de la B : this would be the revealing moment of the way he would follow, of his essential identity as a dancer and a choreographer.
“I no longer come armed with decisive truths. My mind is no longer crossed by essential fulgurances. However in all serenity, I think it would be good that certain things are said.” – Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks.
Being born and spending your childhood in Burkina during Thomas Sankara’s presidency, is a sure way of learning very early on a feeling for politics, a sincere interest in others and the becoming of a nation and a continent. It is a way of developing a global conscience and a cutting lucidity. In a country where everything has yet to be built, culture is obviously a key issue ; building a space for creativity in people’s spirits, widening their vision, showing them events suffered under a different light, allowing bubbles of hope to grow and anchoring these to real possibilities. Of course, all this sounds so futile when everything else, food, security, water, is a daily struggle. But is this not the one true urge, the origin of all actions ? Give back their dignity to people and their personal capacities to evolve for a rich, continuous and sustainable change.
"The most important, I think, is to have armed the people to have confidence in themselves, to understand that, after all, they can sit and write their development : they can sit and write their happiness ; they can say what they wish for. And at the same time feel what the price to is pay for that happiness." Thomas Sankara