KONGO BA TÉRIA / TCHÉ TCHÉ (Ivory
"Nagtaba - Fusion"
The cooperation between these two groups is a sensation in
itself. On the one hand, four female dancers around Beatrice
Kombé from Côte d'Ivoire with a programme of
works tackling key current issues such as violence against
women, and on the other hand Souleymane Badolo's group of
three male dancers from Burkina Faso engaged in traditional
myths, processing slavery and its legacy. Different countries,
different genders, different dance styles, but one shared
vision - Nagtaba (Fusion). Nagtaba represents
the wish for unity across all African nations, growing together
at a point beyond the dramatic struggles of identity and ethnicity.
Marked by the absence of heavy-handed statements, their joint
ballet engagé effectively conveys its message
solely through grace and vitality.
"Tché Tché", founded by performer
and choreographer Beatrice Kombé, are one of the leading
radical contemporary African dance groups advocating a break
with the traditional African dance aesthetic. The fast and
spectacular language of their dance derives from African forms
of movement but has abstracted and modulated them to express
the content and experience of modern urban societies. Souleymane
Badolo, founder of "Kongo Ba Téria", also
has a similar status as a dancer and choreographer in the
young African dance scene. His work at the interface of traditional
values and international developments has helped completely
re-state contemporary African culture's image. Over the past
few years, both groups have won numerous awards at festivals
ranging from EXPO Hannover to the Festival Nouvelles Danses
in Montreal, Canada.
Tché Tché: Choreography and dance: Béatrice
Dancers: Nadia Beugre, Nina Rosilyne Kipre,
Zou Zou, Annich Monneroh
Music: Baba Gallé Kante
Kongo Ba Téria: Choreography and dance: Souleymane
Dancers: Fernand Bienvenue Bazie, Lacina Coulibaly
Music: Timbiri Winsi
Béatrice Kombé, born in 1972 in the
Ivory Coast, received her training as a dancer from her father.
She created her first choreography in 1997, "Le Kasso",
and in the same year she founded Tché Tché (Eagle).
Since then, she has developed four works for the group.
Souleymane Badolo, born in Ouagadougou/Burkina Faso,
trained with Alphonse Tierou, and worked with a wide variety
of dancers, including Elsa Wolliaston, Mathilde Monnier and
the Burkina Faso National Dance Ensemble. He has choreographed
5 pieces of his own.