Souleymane Badolo

Jul 13 – 14 2pm & 4pm

77 Water Street
Presented as part Water Street Pops!

Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo is a Choreographer and Dancer originating from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 1993, Badolo founded the Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria, which fuses traditional African dances with western contemporary dance. He has choreographed for Company Phoénix de Yaoundé (Cameroon), Cie Gabero de Niamey Company (Nigeria), and The National Ballet of Burkina Faso, among others. Souleymane developed a dance program at The Center of Dance, Music and Theatre in Rome that focused on the fusion of theatre and dance in contemporary performance and participated in a trans-African program initiative that set up creative collaborations for dancers from multiple African countries. He and Kongo Ba Téria are featured in the widely-screened documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa which documents the continent’s emergent experimental dance scene. Solo teaches contemporary dance at Bennington College while pursuing a graduate degree in dance and performance (anticipated graduation date of June 1, 2013). His February 2013 research work in Africa is supported by The Suitcase Fund of NYLA.

In his native language Gurunsi, Barack means greeting. He conceived of this dance as an offering to his adopted country – the US – and the people who have helped him along the way.


Souleymane Badolo is a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Barack is commissioned by New York Live Arts and presented by LMCC as part of the River To River Festival 2013. Water Street Pops! is made possible by NYCEDC and the City of New York.
Barack is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation. Additional support is given by contributors to the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund at New York Live Arts. Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO was originally commissioned for the Harlem Stage by the E-Moves Series. Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO premiered April 21, 2012 at the The Gatehouse of Harlem Stage.

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