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The Spectator's moment (2020): Serge Aimé Coulibaly

The Spectator's moment (2020): Serge Aimé Coulibaly

The Spectator's Moment

The Spectator's Moment or how to discover an artist, a piece of work or a company in just two minutes. It is a collection of programmes produced by the Maison de la Danse in Lyon and presented by Dominique Hervieu. Each episode is devoted to an artist or a company that is programmed at the Maison de la Danse and offers the public keys or artistic benchmarks for better understanding and appreciating the choreographic art.

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Coulibaly, Serge Aimé

Dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso, Serge-Aimé Coulibaly is first and foremost a socially-conscious artist. His creations reflect the concerns that he is driven by. Young people and the hope of change for society, or even for humanity are frequently at the heart of his choreographic works.

After multidisciplinary training with the FEEREN Company, directed by Amadou Bourou, and completed by courses with international directors and choreographers, Serge-Aimé joined the Flemish Ballets C de la B Company in 2002, where he performed in “Wolf”, directed by Alain Platel and “Tempus Fugit”, directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

He founded his own company - FASO DANSE THÈÂTRE- the same year and created his first solo “Minimini” before becoming associate artist in the Théâtre du Grand Bleu in Lille (until 2007). Serge-Aimé's following creations were internationally acknowledged: his second work “Et demain…” was selected for the Emergences during Lille 2004 – European Capital of Culture; “A benguer” and “Babemba” were performed in prestigious festivals in France and abroad.

Serge-Aimé's eclectic artistic career also led him to partner with a myriad of artists. Among others, he worked with Rachael Swain, director of the Australian company MARRUGEKU, on researching and confronting traditional Aboriginal dances with contemporary dance, which led to the creation of the show “Burning Daylight” (2006). They partnered again and created “Sugar”, based on urban cultures and the role of young people in the city. Rachael Swain directs performers from the world of hip-hop (dancers and rappers); she played a key role in the Liverpool 2008 – European Capital of Culture event. For Les Subsistances in Lyon, Serge-Aimé created “J'ai perdu mon français” for the Ça Tchatche festival, along with the Indian choreographer and dancer, Kalpana Raghuraman; a piece of work that explores the themes of power, encounters, language and power relationships.

In 2011, he created “Kohkuma 7°Sud” with his Faso Danse Théâtre Company. An exploration of our inner struggles, our silenced violence, through dance, music and video animations, a poetic and choreographic journey through hidden figures encountered in their most primitive forms. In 2012, he will dance a duo with Farid Berki in “A l'ombre des gazelles” (an FDT / Melting Spot coproduction), he will choreograph a solo for Julie Dossavi (produced by the Julie Dossavi Company) and he will take part in Moise Toué's project on Marguerite Duras' time in Burkina Faso. And last but not least, he continues his partnership with Alain Patel with “C(H)OEURS”, which includes an orchestra, a choir of 80 singers and 10 dancers and which was presented for the first time on 12 March in the Teatro Real in Madrid.

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Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc).
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.

Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

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