Souleymane Badolo Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO   Saturday, August 3   8:00 pm

Souleymane Badolo
Saturday, August 3   8:00 pm / Tickets $20

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“What is in a name? In gourounsi, my mother tongue, the word for family is "buudou." My current research has led me to revisit family lore and myth to learn how we journeyed from Badoo to Badolo...This dance honors my past, present, and future family.”

Souleymane Badolo traces the journey of his great-great grandfather, the lessons his father taught him, and the responsibility to pass on these values to his own son in Buudou, BADOO, BADOLO. In a meditative, new work in progress developed at MTA, he emphasizes nature and bodies clothed in natural materials such as grass, leaves, and clay.

Choreographer and dancer Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. His Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria, fuses traditional African dances with western contemporary dance and tours internationally. He received the Juried Bessie Award in 2012 and teaches contemporary dance at Bennington College.

Souleymane Badolo’s residency is made possible through a partnership with Danspace Project.

“I truly appreciate his commitment to innovation, ritual, culture, and personal narrative. He is the real deal.”
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, choreographer

“thoughtful, as if dancing were a private examination of experience”
Village Voice