Souleymane ‘Solo’ Badolo, choreographer and dancer, was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1968. Badolo started his professional career as a dancer for the DAMA, a traditional African dance company. In 1993, he founded his own Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria. Badolo has danced with world-renowned contemporary African dance company Salia ni Seydou, worked with French choreographers Elsa Wolliaston and Mathilde Monnier, and performed with the National Ballet of Burkina. He has choreographed for Company Phoénix de Yaoundé (Cameroon), Cie Gabero de Niamey Company (Nigeria), and The National Ballet of Burkina Faso, among others. He also developed a dance program at The Center of Dance, Music and Theatre in Rome. He and Kongo Ba Téria are featured in the widely-screened documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa which documents the continent’s emergent experimental dance scene.
Since moving to New York City in 2009, his work has been presented by Mt. Tremper Arts Festival (2013); River To River Festival (2013); and New York Live Arts (2013). He has been a featured performer in original works by Nora Chipaumire, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Reggie Wilson, and Ralph Lemon. In 2011, he was nominated for a New York Dance & Performance Award, a “Bessie,” as Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. In 2012, Badolo was selected for the Juried Bessie Award by choreographers Lar Lubovitch, Yvonne Rainer, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar with support from the New York State DanceForce. His residencies include Institute for Curatorial Practice and Performance (ICPP) Artist-in-Residence, Mount Tremper Arts and Wesleyan University (2013); Extended Life Dance Development program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY (2013); and Dance Theater Workshop Studio Artist Residency, NY (2011).
Badolo teaches contemporary dance at Bennington College while pursuing a graduate degree in dance and performance.