Souleyman Ladji Koné

    Ladji was a self-taught dancer in his neighborhood of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. In 2003, the discovery of hip hop culture channeled his overflowing energy, and break dancing became his own personal movement research lab. After studying both theatre and musicality, he began working in contemporary dance. Ladji worked at a number of venues, such as the CDCN l’Echangeur Hauts-de-France, the Ecole des Sables, the CDC la Termitière and the Pavillon Noir‑Ballet Preljocaj … Currently he continues his artistic research, mixing and exploring several different movement vocabularies: traditional dances, contemporary dance, hip hop and theatre. In the company Ciel K, he decided to merge his universe with that of the visual artist Michaela Solnická Volná. The creations of the company are based in dance and design, but involve a number of artistic disciplines. This open approach, channeling full complicity, can be characterized by a certain dynamism and a continuous questioning, without prejudice – it has brought Ladji to work with artists such as Amala Dianor, Mie Coquempot, Roger Nydegger and Erwann Bouvier … These collaborations go way beyond borders and stylistic limits.