Celia Weiss Bambara is dual citizen of the United States and Burkina Faso and was born in Denver, Colorado in 1976. She is a dancer and choreographer with a Ph.D in Dance History and Theory/Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside and an MA in Dance from UCLA. She is artistic director of the CCBdance Project, an African based contemporary dance company formed in 2006 with Burkina Faso born, Christian Bambara. As a young girl, Celia began studying and making modern dance at Groton School and she began working with Haitian dance and African dance as student at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Celia has danced for JAKA in Port-au-Prince and Martin Dancers in Los Angeles and Rachel Thorne Germond among others. Between the late 1990's and 2003 Celia worked with artists in Port-au-Prince on projects that combined Haitian, modern/contemporary and other African diasporic dance forms. She has studied with notable artists including Florencia Pierre, Marcel Nyam, Rosangela Sylvestre, Teresita Dome Perez, Juan Carlos Blanco, Lula Washington and more recently mentored by Souleymane Badolo. Celia has collaborated with African diasporic dance artists including Flavienne Lago, Djenane St. Juste, Dicko Yanogo, Florencia Pierre, Pierre-Richard Leurbourg, Emannuel Louis, Christian Bambara and Joseph Velcime as well as with artists working in other genres including Archana Kumar and Dena Bermann. Most recently she has worked on a duo project Inherited Dreams that was produced in the Ivory Coast and received national and international subvention as well set a new work Damballah (2013) on acclaimed dance company the Guirivoires through a residency teaching both traditional Haitian dance and African contemporary movement. Celia has toured her solo work Kenbe, Amour, Colere, Folie: Improvisations for Love performing the work in Michigan, San Francisco, Trinidad, Abidjan and it has been performed extensively in Chicago. She has also recently worked with Christian Bambara on a short film as well as creating new site-specific dance works and projects. Celia's work combines the base of Haitian dance with other African forms, modern/contemporary dance, yoga and klien mahler technique. Her Haitian training is based upon intensive study and performance with alumni of the Haitian National Company and she has been granted permission to create in a postmodern or contemporary way. Celia has taught at INSAAC (National Arts Conservatory, Ivory Coast), UC Riverside, Occidental College, Glendale Community College, Romona High School for the Arts and University of Illinois, Chicago as well as with Chicago Arts Partners in Education. She has taught Master Classes at USC, Grinnell College, UCLA, University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Denison University. Celia has also taught Haitian traditional dance, African contemporary and improvisation/composition at cultural centers/dance studios in Michigan, Los Angeles, Iowa, Chicago, Santa Barbara, New York, Jamaica, Haiti and Tobago, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast at sites including Dance New Amsterdam, Gateway Dance Theater, Links Hall, Rast Ballet, praxis place, heart beat house, Shana in Port-au-Prince, Jaka in Port-au-Prince and for the Ministry of Culture in Tobago, EDEC in Abidjan, Ecole de Danse Edit in Burkina Faso and in Abidjan for the Un Pas Vers L'Avant festival at the INSAAC and National City Park. Celia is a practicing yogi and teacher of yoga. She is 200 hour RYT certified through the international yoga alliance and she has taught yoga in Michigan, Burkina Faso and the Ivory Coast. More information is available on www.celiaweissbambara.com

Lacina Coulibaly was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. His professional dance career, deeply rooted in traditional African dances, later merged with contemporary influences to create a uniquely African choreographic expression. As a teenager, he was a member of urban Dodo groups and continued to explore his tradition by joining Les Bourgeons, a traditional dance and theatre company. In 1990, he joined the traditional dance company Kongo B. Three years later, Lacina began his studies of contemporary dance with the well-known choreographer Lassann Congo (who was himself trained at the acclaimed Mudras-Afrique, Senegal). In 1995, Lacina created the Cie Kongo Bâ Teria with Souleymane Badolo and Ousseni Sako. Their creations, Frères sans stèles (1999), Vin Nem (2001) et Hydou Bye (2004) toured the world and won international awards, including the award of 3rd place at SANGA, les Rencontres Chorographiques for Vin Nem (2001) which toured more than 30 cities in Europe in 2002 and throughout the United States in 2004 on the Movement (R)Evolution tour. Beyond his continuing work with his company Kongo B Teria, he has danced and choreographed with other international dance companies, such as Salia ni Seydou, Faso Danse Theatre, and TchéTché, he has also collaborated artistically with individual artists, such as Emily Coates (USA) and Catherine Young (Ireland). Since 2007 he has conducted major residencies in American universities, including Yale, Brown, and the University of Florida: his unique blend of traditional and modern influences results in dynamic intellectual and artistic processes that intrigue and inspire young artists, and audiences. Lacina's choreography often provokes questions of the (dis)integration of the traditional and the contemporary. His newest work, entitled Transcendence, is a solo that explores the place of faith in urban life. It premiered at Cornell University's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts (USA) in March 2009. He and his company Kongo Bâ Teria were recently featured in the documentary film Movement (R)Evolution Africa (2007), available from Documentary Educational Resources (der.org). Since 2005 Lacina works with Universities in USA (Brown University, Yale University, University of Florida, Cornell University, UCLA, Colombus University and so on) and dance school (ECA in New Haven) like Guest lecturer , artist-in-residence, teaching workshop and performer. He is currently on faculty at Yale University.

Christian Bambara is a dancer, choreographer, actor and teaching artist who is a dual citizen of the United States and Burkina Faso. He was born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1977. Christian is a choreographer for the CCB dance project and has co-directed the company. In September of 1993, he was selected as an actor and dancer to train in traditional dance, contemporary dance and choreography with the polyvalent company, Bourgeon de Burkina. Christian has extensive experience in African theater as well as dance and has over time developed a strong African contemporary technique based on his movement research. He has studied with the company Salia Ni Seydou, Lassan Congo, Mathilde Monnier, Elsa Wolliaston and Robert Seyfried. Christian performed with the Bourgeon de Burkina from 1993-2002 touring Africa, Europe and French Guyana. He has performed his work in the Bodily Dialogues Festival and the Fifth Choreographic Encounters of Africa and the Indian Ocean, two of the larger festivals in West Africa that are platforms for young artists. He has worked collaboratively with Company FEEREN, Company Evasion, the Atelier Theatre Burkinabé, The Gambidi Cultural Center, Brett Raphael, Olivier Tarpaga and Celia Weiss Bambara. Christian has also taught as an artist in Residence at the Education Center for The Arts (ACES) in New Haven Connecticut, the National Music School in Ouagadougou, the French Cultural Center in Burkina Faso, Romona High School for the Performing Arts, Ginga Cultural Center in Santa Barbara, Columbia College and at Grinnell College. In addition Christian has taught Master Classes at Grinnell College and Loyola University in Chicago as well as teaching at studios and dance centers including Links Hall, praxis place, focusfish, Djoniba Drum and Dance Center and the heartbeat house in Michigan, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Connecticut, New York and Iowa.