There are great dance schools and great places for artistic training in West Africa : numerous talents have had the time to blossom there, young people who have learnt to build themselves a solid base of knowledge and techniques.
However few places offer a real space for creation where artists from all disciplines can meet, exchange, confront their limits, find cultural ressources (books, videos, etc) or help to overcome their difficulties.
How can one continue to keep one’s art evolving and discover the internal paths that lead to right expression ?
Leaving and searching to fill this emptiness in the West is an option, but apart from the real difficulty of free movement for artists, it poses an important question : how in this case, do you revitalise a creativity that is anchored in the African earth and also strengthen a modern African aesthetic, free of clichés, which speaks powerfully and simply to the public ?
Conscious of these difficulties and paradoxes that he himself lived through, Serge Aimé Coulibaly created in Bobo Dioulasso, in 2014, Ankata, Laboratoire International de Recherche, Création et Production des Arts de la scène. (Ankata, Interational Laboratory of Research, Creation and Production of the Performing Arts).