Badolo Wins Bessie
Visiting faculty member Souleymane Badolo received a 2016 Bessie Award yesterday for Outstanding Production for his piece Yimbégré.
The Bessies recognize exceptional work in choreography, performance, music composition and visual design. Nominees are chosen by a 40-member selection committee comprised of artists, presenters, producers, and writers.
The award honored Badolo's work "investigating the artist’s experience of home and not home, of African and American identity, of ancient rhythms and modern jazz in a work that gloriously communicated the clash and reconciliation of the different traditions held within one’s life, one’s body."
In the fall 2016, Badolo taught The Power of Art, which examined how art can be used by communities to communicate, to mobilize, to educate and to understand their living situation. For a list of spring 2017 courses, see the curriculum.