After investigating a popular uprising (Nuit Blanche à Ouagadougou), after exploring what the commitment to a better world requires of the individual (Kalakuta Republik), after questioning our disdainful views of migrant peoples through some West African Myths of Origin (Kirina); WAKATT is a reflection on the era in which we live today and the fear that prevails in it.
Start time: 8 p.m.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes, no interval
Language: Language No Problem
In this time when nationalism is on the rise almost everywhere in the world, this new creation starts from "the fear of the other". He who arrives, he who is here, he who we are told will take our place, our work, our home. That is what is achieved with populism: manipulating people.
WAKATT poses questions. Does he not love what he does not know? Where does the fear come from that makes us turn so inward? People who seem innocent can suddenly strike incredibly hard. Recently, terrorists in Burkina Faso killed the head of a village. The alleged perpetrators were Fulani, an ethnic group from West Africa. In revenge and under the guise of self-defence, residents of the stricken village invaded a neighbouring Fulani village and killed 210 people. However, these communities had coexisted peacefully. Showing the dark side of humanity on stage, would that prompt us to fight for a different future?
Serge Aimé Coulibaly is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso. He was born in Bobo Dioulasso, and has worked in Europe and the rest of the world since 2002. His inspiration is rooted in African culture and his art is committed to the necessity of powerful contemporary dance. A dance rooted in emotion but also the bearer of reflection and hope.
concept & choreography Serge Aimé Coulibaly
compositions and musical direction Magic Malik
from and with 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 (flute), Maxime Zampieri (drums), Jean-Luc Lehr (bass)
dramaturgy Sara Vanderieck
assistant choreographer Sayouba Sigué
scenography and costumes Catherine Cosme
lighting design Giacinto Caponio
stage manager Matisse De Groote
sound technique Ralph M'Fah-Traoré
lighting technique Herman Coulibaly
assistant artistic direction Hanna El Fakir
production manager Laure Louvat
technical direction TBA
artistic guidance Thomas Prédour
co-ordination Faso Danse Théâtre Lies Martens
communications manager Faso Danse Théâtre Sandra Diris
production Faso Danse Théâtre en Münchner Kammerspiele
co-production Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE), La Biennale de la Danse Lyon (FR), Ruhrtriennale (DE), deSingel Antwerpen (BE), Kampnagel Hamburg (DE), Münchner Kammerspiele (DE)
distribution Frans Brood Productions