Badolo, Souleymane

Souleymane Badolo

Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo (Souleymane Badolo Repertory: A New Voice in African Dance) is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and dancer born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He started his professional career as a dancer for the DAMA, a traditional African dance company. In 1993, he founded his own Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria, which fuses traditional African dances with western contemporary dance and continues to tour internationally. Souleymane has danced with world-renowned contemporary African dance company Salia ni Seydou, worked with French choreographers Elsa Wolliaston and Mathilde Monnier, and performed with the National Ballet of Burkina. 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.

Since moving to New York City in 2009, Badolo has created a number of solo projects presented at Danspace, New York Live Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, Harlem Stage, the 92nd Street Y, the Museum of Art & Design, Mount Tremper Arts, and the sprawling River to River Festival in lower Manhattan. He has collaborated with Nora Chipaumire, Ralph Lemon, Reggie Wilson, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women on several works. In 2011 he was nominated for a Bessie Award as Outstanding Emerging Choreographer, and in 2012 received the Juried Bessie Award for demonstrating exceptionally interesting and exciting ideas in dance. His ongoing research work in Africa continues to be supported by The Suitcase Fund of New York Live Arts. His next engagements in New York include the world premiere of Benon at The Apollo (for Philadanco in James Brown: Get on the Good Foot), a February 2014 season at Danspace Project, and a return to the River to River Festival.
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Souleymane Badolo Repertory

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