Lacina Coulibaly will offer a Master West African/Contemporary Class on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for NHB level 6-8 students at the Whitney Arts Center, 591 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. Level 6-8 students are invited and encouraged to attend even if not enrolled in Contemporary class. Students are required to wear their class uniform. This is an incredible opportunity and honor for NHB students and we look forward to seeing you there!
Lacina Coulibaly –
Lacina Coulibaly was born in Burkina Faso. His professional dance career, deeply rooted in African traditional dances, later merged with European contemporary influences to create a uniquely African choreographic expression.
In 1995, Mr. Coulibaly created the Cie Kongo Bâ Teria with Souleymane Badolo and Ousseni Sako. Their creations, Frères sans stèles(1999), Vin Nem (2001) et Hydou Bye (2004) toured the world and won international awards, including the award of 3rd place at SANGA, les Rencontres Choréographiques for Vin Nem (2001) which toured more than 30 cities in Europe in 2002 and throughout the United States in 2004 on the Movement (R)Evolution tour.
The company Kongo Bâ Teria was recently featured in the documentary film Movement (R)Evolution Africa (2007), available from Documentary Educational Resources (der.org).
Mr. Coulibaly has danced and choreographed with other international dance companies, such as Salia ni Seydou, Faso Danse Theatre, and TchéTché and assisted Nora Chipaumire (Dark Swan) Urban Bush Woman. He has collaborated with individual artists, such as Emily Coates, Amy Sullivan, Wendy Jehlen, Kota Yamakazi and Seydou Coulibaly. He has also acted as a guest lecturer and artist in residence for Brown University, Yale University, New School, University of Florida, Cornell University, UCLA, Ohio State University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Barnard College, in addition to ECA in New Haven, EDIT, the Choreographic Development Center, and CDC la Termitière in Burkina Faso.
He is currently the artistic director of the Compagnie Artistique Hakili Sigi, associate choreographer to the project Engagement Feminine and guest lecturer at Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College.