Lacina Coulibaly

Undergraduate Discipline


Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

Raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Trained in West African dance and European contemporary dance, dancing with the Ballet National du Burkina Faso, Compagnie Salia Nï Seydou, and Irène Tassambedo before co-founding Kongo Ba Teria with Souleymane Badolo. Reshaping traditional values to speak to present-day concerns, Kongo BaTeria is a leading promoter of contemporary dance in West Africa. 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, including France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, and Germany. Coulibaly and Badolo’s creations have won international awards, including the Pan-African competition SANGA. Recent work includes a solo presented at Cornell, New York University, and Stonybrook University, among other venues, and guest appearances with the internationally known Faso Dance Theatre. Featured artist in the documentary, Movement (R)evolution Africa, which documents the emergent experimental African dance scene. Recent work includes an ongoing, multisite research collaboration with Emily Coates, leading to the creation of a work-in-progress duet titled, Ici Ou Ailleurs. Taught at the University of Florida, Brown University, and Yale University. SLC 2016-

Undergraduate Courses 2017-2018


Modern and Postmodern Practice


In these classes, emphasis will be on the continued development of basic skills, energy use, strength, and control relevant to the particular style of each teacher. At all levels, attention will be given to sharpening each student’s awareness of time and energy and to disciplining the body to move rhythmically, precisely, and in accordance with sound anatomical principles. Intermediate and advanced students will study more complex movement patterns, investigate somatic use, and concentrate on the demands of performance.


Previous Courses

Performance Project


Students will showcase their work with an end-of-semester performance.

In this component class, students will be introduced to—and develop tools to create—an intimate or sacred space within themselves and with others. In keeping with my own philosophical approach, our process will originate from walking, the natural gait. Taking this as our basis for the creation of rhythm, we will work without judgment, internal or external. We will also study the traditional movement principles and sensibilities that form the base of my own practice, each of us taking these principles into our own bodies and allowing them to give rise to a new vocabulary. In my home culture, dance is community. In my interpretation, dance is about relationships—within our own bodies, with the Earth, with others, and with the world around us—both visible and invisible. Those relationships are where rhythm takes place. Our role as dancers is to serve the spirit of the dance and all relationships that go with it.