Lacina Coulibaly

Lacina is an extraordinary individual who made significant contributions to the dance
world. As an accomplished professional dancer, choreographer, and instructor, his
passion lies in merging traditional African dances with contemporary influences,
creating captivating performances that leave a lasting impact.

Co-founding the renowned Cie Kongo Bâ Teria dance company in 1995, Lacina’s talent
quickly gained recognition with the award-winning creation “Vin Nem, featured in the
documentary film “Movement (R)Evolution Africa” in 2007.

This groundbreaking piece mesmerized audiences during extensive tours across
Europe and the United States, solidifying his status as a remarkable artist.
Throughout Lacina’s career, collaborations with esteemed international dance
companies such as Salia ni Seydou, Faso Danse Theatre, Tché Tché, Anikaya, and
Urban Bush Women have showcased a unique ability to integrate various styles and
influences into breathtaking performances. Collaborations with renowned artists such as
Emily Coates, Daria Fain, Vanessa Anspaugh, Kota Yamakazi, Seydou Coulibaly, and
Nora Chipaumire (assistant choreographer on Dark Swan, UBW) further demonstrate
Lacina’s versatility and artistic vision.

Beyond the stage, Lacina has dedicated time to pedagogical work in social and
educational programs, empowering aspiring dancers and leaving a lasting impact.
Lacina’s involvement as a choreographer and associate artistic/pedagogical director for
the Engagement Féminin project in Ouagadougou, has been instrumental in training
and empowering female dancers in Africa.

Lacina’s expertise extends to teaching and directing dance projects with students at
esteemed institutions such as Barnard College, Sarah Lawrence College, ACES,
Florida University, Brown University, New School, UCLA, and CDC la Termitière.
In addition to artistic achievements, Lacina has developed Sigini, an innovative
analytical approach to African dances, particularly West African dance, and a
pedagogical approach for designing and sculpting movement. This groundbreaking
methodology has firmly established Lacina as a leading authority in the dance

Lacina’s latest work, “Until the Lion Tells the Story, …” delves into ancient African
civilizations, emphasizing the importance of history in strengthening communities. This
highly anticipated creation will premiere at New York Live Arts in 2024 as part of the
Live Feed 2022-2024 artist residency, marking another milestone in his illustrious
career. Currently serving as a faculty at Yale University, associate artistic director at
Yale Dance Lab, and artistic director of Hakili Sigi, Lacina continues to inspire and
educate future generations of dancers, passing on invaluable knowledge and skills.

Lacina Coulibaly | Compagnie Artistique Hakilisi Sigi