Performing Arts from African Sahel

Dance, Performance, Film
3 – 9 April 2019, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin


African Sahel has over a short period of time turned into an extremely complex region, where religion, political terrorism and the arts play a role. It presents an immense challenge to both heads of states and the populations, who advocated for democracy but now see their endeavours shrink due to this new scourge.

In Burkina Faso, Mali, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and other countries of this region, a whole generation of artists take on themes like freedom of speech, human rights, the fight against fundamentalism and the culture of peace. The Islamic movements, the widespread illegal trade and the unstable governments are therefore often focal points for choreographies and theatre plays.

Born after the independence and standing between Western education and their Islamic origin, these artists resist feeling caught in this state of affairs, rather they engage, through their art, in order to contribute to the development of their countries and their continent, and to offer a ambiguous, contemporary African culture. As activists their creations bring another form of expression, supporting political and civic maturation.

Timbuktu Is Back! is a project for artistic encounters that promotes the exchange of ideas between the Sahel countries and Germany. Focus is on the creative work of formative choreographers such as Salia Sanou, Nadia Beugré and Serge Aimé Coulibaly, working in countries where the integrity is threatened by terrorism. The festival is also a platform for reflexion on the creative process of these choreographers and playwrights, on the connection between creativity and social engagement, as well as identity building, social development and, ultimately, peacekeeping.

Curated by Alex Moussa Sawadogo

Timbuktu Is Back! Performing Arts from African Sahel is a project by Kulturbrauerei e.V. in cooperation with HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With kind support from Institut Français, the French Ministry for Culture/DGCA and the Embassy of Burkina Faso.


Du désir d´horizons / Desire of Horizons

03.04.19, 19:00 SALIA SANOU Burkina Faso [HAU2] With Du Désir d’horizons, Salia Sanou picks up on his favorite themes: loneliness and otherness of the individual, but also the question of territory, uprooting, exile, and borders. Here he processes his impressions from refugee camps in Burundi and Burkina Faso where he gave workshops as part of…

Gao, la résistance d’un peuple / Gao, The Resistance Of A People – Film

05.04.19, 20:30, KASSIM SANOGO, Frankreich / Mali 2018, DCP, OmE, 54 min – German Premiere [HAU1] Early 2012, Northern Mali is occupied by different armed groups, demanding a division of the country and the introduction of Sharia rule. In Gao, the historic capital of the North, young residents organise resistance groups against the occupiers, trying…

Fatou t´as tout fait / Fatou, You Did It All

05. + 06.04.19, 19:00, FATOUMATA BAGAYOKO, Mali – German Premiere [HAU3] In her solo piece Fatoumata Bagayoko from Mali takes on female circumcision, to which she, along with numerous women not only in her home country, fell victim. In the darkness of the stage she raises her voice, while recapitulating the specific scenes of this…


05. + 06.04.19, 19:00, ALIOUNE DIAGNE, Senegal – German Premiere [HAU3] With this piece Alioune Diagne revives the spirit and story of the forgotten Senegalese boxing hero Battling Siki. Every dance here is a fight, and every fight a dance. Siki was the first African boxing world champion, he won his title in Paris in…

Tapis rouge / Red Carpet

06.04.19, 20:30, NADIA BEUGRÉ, Côte d’Ivoire – German Premiere [HAU2] What lies beneath the red carpet rolled out in Africa and across the world for the mighty and powerful? In her piece the Ivorian choreographer Nadia Beugré views the world “from below” and takes the audience on a journey through images we not often want to…


09.04.19, 19:00, SERGE AIMÉ COULIBALY / ROKIA TRAORÉ / FELWINE SARR, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal [HAU2] For the creation of Kirina Serge Aimé Coulibaly drew on inspiration from his African background and his reflections on the world of today. The piece is named after a battle of the Mandinka people in the 12th Century, of…


HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30 259004 -0

HAU1 – Stresemannstr. 29, 10963 Berlin
HAU2 – Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin
HAU3 – Tempelhofer Ufer 10, 10963 Berlin


Du désir d’horizons: Category C – 17 € / 13 € (depending on row), reduced 10 €
Fatou t’as tout fait + Siki: Category D – 13 €, reduced 8 €
Tapis rouge: Category C – 17 € / 13 € (depending on row), reduced 10 €
Kirina: Category B – 22 € / 17 € / 13 € (depending on row), reduced 10 €
Gao Film: 5 €
Kombi-Ticket: 3 events for 30 €, reduced 20 € (free choice)

Tickets pre-sale
HAU2, Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30.259004 -27

Opening hours
Monday to Saturday from 3pm to one hour before the event begins, on event free days until 7pm.
Closed on Sundays and holidays.

Box offices and individual venues
One hour before the performance at the respective venues.


Photos Thabo Thindi


Photos Thabo Thindi

Apr 6, 2019, NADIA BEUGRÉ

Photos Julie Karmark


Photos Thabo Thindi