Wakatt, the new creation by Serge Aimé Coulibaly, examines daily reality and social changes through a dance language that starts from internal violence, human instinct, urgency and the need to express oneself. Wakatt, meaning “our times” in the Mossi language of Burkina Faso, is a reflection on the fear-filled contemporary era we live in. At a time when nationalism is on the rise in most parts of the world, the starting point of this new creation is “the fear of the other.” The one who is arriving, the one who is here, the one that they tell us will take our place, our job, our house. Music and choreography take center stage in a constant exchange, with non-stop music written and performed by the musician Malik Mezzadri (Magik Malik), an Ivory-Coast-born French flutist and jazz musician. 

Serge Aimé Coulibaly is a dancer and choreographer from Burkina Faso. His inspiration is rooted in African culture and his art is committed to the necessity of powerful contemporary dance. Since founding the Faso Dance Théâtre company in 2002, Coulibaly’s productions have been presented in many theatres all over Europe and Africa. This is his American Premiere. 



  • Audience members must be 12 years of age or older to enter the theater.
  • Audience members must show a valid government-issued photo ID.
  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible for the booster based on CDC criteria). Documentation must include name, birthday, dates of doses & vaccine manufacturer. Documentation must be in English.
  • All audience members will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine.
  •  All audience members must wear a well-fitted mask at all times.
    Allowable masks: disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks), KN95 masks, KF94 masks, N95 masks are allowable.

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This project is supported by FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance), a program of Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from The Ford Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, Institut français, the French Ministry of Culture, and private donors. Made possible in part with support from the General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA. #MadeinFlanders

Logos: FACE Foundation, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States & Villa Albertine & Flanders State of the Art: Flanders Delegation to the USA

NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, FACE Foundation, General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.


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Fri, Nov 11 @ 7:30pm

Sat, Nov 12 @ 7:30pm

Faso Danse: 5 dancers in starfish position at a diagonal to the right stand with a back background.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A group of dancer wearing colorful clothing stand in the center of the frame doing different dance positions. The background is black with a yellow tinted half circle at the center.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A woman wearing bright red pants and a tan top stands at the center of the picture with her head down and her legs wide. Behind her stand more dancers facing different directions wearing tan clothing.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A group of dancers wearing colorful clothing stand at the edge of the stage with one lower and raising his leg while the others hold him.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
Four dancer stand on stage with one almost on the ground with one arm raised towards the sky. The background is black with a yellow tinted half circle at the center.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A dark backdrop darkens this photo of a group of dancers facing away from the camera.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A group of dancers in colorful clothing stand in a circle with arms raised in middle of dance. The background is dark with a yellow centered half circle.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A shirtless man standing in the middle of a black background with his arm extended to the side.
Photo: Sophie Garcia
A group of people watch one man who is in front of them on his knees. The background in black with a white half circle in the center illuminating the scene.
Photo: Sophie Garcia