Respect for others and for nature is at the root of Souleymane Badolo's choreographic explorations and the heart of his teaching philosophy. Respect implies that nature's riches are to be shared, supplying everyone with water and bread. Respect is opposed to all great inequalities and injustice. Giving respect to others, there is no war.
Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He started his professional career as a dancer for the DAMA, a traditional African dance company, and in 1993, he founded his own Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria, fusing traditional African and western contemporary dance aesthetics. Solo has danced with the world-renowned Salia ni Seydou, worked with French choreographers Elsa Wolliaston and Mathilde Monnier, performed with the National Ballet of Burkina, choreographed for a number of companies, and developed a program at The Center of Dance, Music and Theatre in Rome.
Since moving to New York in 2009, Solo premiered Yaado, a solo commissioned by Danspace Project for I Get Lost, Platform 2010, curated by Ralph Lemon. He has toured with company nora chipaumire’s lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi, and collaborated with Chipaumire and master Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy on the creation of I Ka Nye (You Look Well), commissioned by Dance New Amsterdam with support from the Multi-Arts Production Fund. He has participated in DTW’s Studio Series, PARALLELS Platform 2012 (performing in work created for him by Reggie Wilson), Harlem Stage’s E-Moves Series, and Dance Under the Influence at the Museum of Art and Design. In 2011 he was nominated for a Bessie Award as Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Currently, he is featured in Visible, an evening-length dance commissioned by Harlem Stage, choreographed by Chipaumire and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women.
Solo teaches contemporary dance at Bennington College while pursuing a graduate degree in dance and performance.