Company Kongo Ba Téria
(Burkina Faso)

About Kongo Ba Téria

Based in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, Kongo Ba Téria creates its work in one of the continent’s major centers for contemporary dance. Influenced by working with the renowned Compagnie Salia Nï Seydou, the experience they brought with them from the National Ballet of Burkina Faso, and their work with Irène Tassambedo, Compagnie Kongo Ba Téria was founded by Souleymane Badolo, Lacina Coulibaly, and Ousseni Sako in 1993.

With its heady amalgam of theater, dance and African sounds, the company combines forms and interests with a dazzling intensity that hovers somewhere between tradition and modernity. The company challenges traditional boundaries and creates new movement dialogues.

From 1996-2000, Compagnie Kongo Ba Téria performed on many African stages in countries such as Senegal, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Cameroon. Since 2000, the company has toured throughout Europe- to France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, and Germany.


Vin Nem (The Light) is a men’s trio performed to live music and has been praised as ‘aesthetically beautiful and ahead in the artistic reflection…original and unpredictable.” Choreographed by Lacina Coulibaly and Souleymane Badolo, the work blends African sounds, movement, ritual gestures and animal symbolism, in a narrative work that transports the audience, examining a dialogue of bodies that arch, move in duos and trios and suspend time.

Vin Nem is perhaps inspired by one goal: existence. This need to exist is conveyed through the use of flour, which represents the food of life, and water, which at the end of the piece bathes and purifies the dancers’ bodies. The work tries to elucidate the truth by taking the audience into a metaphysical land hovering somewhere between tradition and modernity.

Lacina Coulibaly
Souleymane Badolo

Lacina Coulibaly
Souleymane Badolo
Bienvenue Fernand Bazie

Winsei Timbiri
Oumaru Kienou

set design
Margherita Del Balzo

light design
Sayouba Jacob Bamogo

sound director
Harouna Abdoul Aziz Djinko

company manager
Roch Wendploumdé Ouédraogo

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