Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté
From a childhood of constant wanderings on West African lands, Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté keeps a sense of pace, the measure of movement. The choreographer dances the lines of a cultural intersection between Africa and Europe.
Updated on 13/12/2019
Born Ivorian to a Krou mother and a Malinké father, Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté grew up far from his family, among the Tchaman people, in a country shaken by ethnic tensions. At 16, he trained in Afro-jazz, modern jazz, liturgical theatre and mime. Although as a teenager he dreamed of being a doctor so that he could care for people, he eventually decided to fully commit to his artistic passion and to one day offer "a dance to heal people”.
In 2004, Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté discovered contemporary dance with the companies Djiguiya and Klozai. He perfected his training at the Ivorian Artistic Centre Kiyi M’Bock and founded Jasp Cie in 2008, while continuing his apprenticeship with great choreographers. In 2014 he moved to France, renamed his company ATeKa Cie and began a creative process as an artist associated with the Pôle Danse des Ardennes company. While he continues to perform for others – Momboye, Alfred Alerte and Jérôme Bel – this second decade saw the birth of his first three pieces: Humming Bird/Colibri in 2016, Rien à aborder (Nothing to Discuss) in 2018 and Sucre, an Ice Cream for a Nice Crime (Sugar, an Ice Cream for a Nice Crime) in 2019.
Embraced by its own multi-ethnicity and inspired by the pan-African dimension of folk dance, Adboulaye Trésor Konaté has continued to pursue the cross-cultural journey that began as a child.
With his company ATeKa, he developed a kind of danced bilingualism by establishing a dialogue between a very undulating, almost reptilian traditional dance and a contemporary western gesture more rooted in everyday life.
Through his creations, he lends himself to a work of memory as much as he anchors himself in his time. He continues to go back and forth between the exploring of self and meeting with the other with the joy of transmitting serving as a common thread.
Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté, the dancer, has been seducing African and European stages for nearly a decade. His career as a choreographer has also taken an international turn. His first piece Humming Bird/Colibri was presented in 2016-2017 in Morocco – at the International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Marrakech – in Germany – at the Tanz Moderne Tanz in Chemnitz – and also in 2019 in Cameroon at the Modaperf International Festival in Yaoundé.
Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté founds his own company, Jasp Cie.
The dancer moves to Strasbourg, where Jasp Cie becomes ATeKa Cie.
Abdoulaye Trésor Konaté becomes a three-year associate artist at the Dance Centre in Ardennes.
Creation of his first piece, a solo entitled Humming Bird/Colibri.
His second piece, Rien à aborder (Nothing to Discuss), won the Matière Première Prize at the Grand Studio of Brussels in Avignon.
Creation of Sucre, An Ice Cream for a Nice Crime, an allegory against a background of colonisation and slavery.
In January 2019, his latest creation, Sucre, An Ice Cream for a Nice Crime, combining dance, theatre and music, was at the heart of a research residence in Benin supported by the Institut français.
The project is also supported by the the Institut français in partnership with the Région Grand Est / Ville de Strasbourg.
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