FringeArts - Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project - Declassified Memory Fragment


140 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The act of “declassifying” is a process of revealing, exposing what is hidden from view and obscured, not spoken. Declassified Memory Fragment is a work of dance, live concert, and theater created as an open letter to life in countries—specifically Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe—where everyday life is subjected to restrictions and cultural expectations of secrecy and privacy, even within the family.

An exploration of African lifestyles, cultures, beauty, complexities, and politics, the performance ranges from tremendous energy to haunting quiet, from beauty to terror. Led by an all-male cast from Burkina Faso, with an electrifying live band that at times supports and at other times takes center stage with the dancers, Declassified Memory Fragment caustically and humorously stages a two-tier society where craving for power simultaneously creates and unravels friendships—and yet a brotherhood remains.

Conception and Choreography Olivier Tarpaga Music Concept and Composition Olivier Tarpaga in collaboration with the Dafra Kura Band Lighting Cyril Givort Dramaturg and Artistic Advisor Esther Baker-Tarpaga Set Concept Olivier Tarpaga and Sada Dao Set Face-O-Sceno Props Sahab Koanda CostumesOlivier Tarpaga Musicians Flatié Dembelé, Boubacar Djiga, Daouda Guindo, Olivier Tarpaga Dancers Ousséni Dabaré, Aziz Dermé, Jérôme Kaboré, Adonis Nébié, Olivier Tarpaga

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project is a transnational performance project founded in 2004 by Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Olivier Tarpaga. Some projects center on dance theater, others in performance art, and others in music only. All the work creates a rich blend of music and physical image making, BTDP is currently based in Philadelphia, and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. BTDP are embodied border crossing ethno-choreographers investigating the beauty and dissonance of the human condition. Their work has been performed at REDCAT, Highways, The Alex Theatre, and John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, VSA N4th in New Mexico, Cornell College, Purdue University, Denison University, Rich Forum Stamford Center for the Arts, CT, Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival, Action Danse Festival in Morocco, Center Stage Santa Barbara, The Ohio State University, Dialogue De Corps in Burkina Faso, The Maitisong Festival in Botswana, Abok I Ngoma Festival in Cameroon, and The French Cultural Center in Senegal.

Friday, 13 October, 2017

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