Burkinabe dancers 'stand up' to a world in crisis

Art can be escape from the realities of daily life but at a festival in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, they're facing up to global crises.

The 11th edition of "Les Recreatrales", an annual music and dance event, is being held against a backdrop of rising violence in the region and a world in lockdown.

Serge Aime Coulibaly choreographed one of the performances, titled Wakatt.

"Wakatt means the present time, and the present time is not fun at all, we are messed up like one of the actors says in the play, we are messed up and we are trying to find a different humanity through different energies that we forgot about."

The defiant theme for this year's event is "Standing Up".

Aguibou Bougobali Sanou is the stage director of Goomtiego, which means "chameleon".

"Today the world has turned into a chameleon, everything is changing, everything is adapting, we are in a period of change. Should we languish because the world is not going well today or should we adapt and make the world a better place?"

There are three different major performances a night for a week during Recreatrales which has become a major annual event in the West African arts calendar.