Public Events Performance: Declassified Memory Fragment

September 11, 2017

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project will perform Declassified Memory Fragment at Grinnell College on Saturday, Sept. 16. The free, public performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Flanagan Theatre in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts, 1108 Park St., Grinnell.

A 70-minute dance theater work with live music, Declassified Memory Fragment explores ideas and themes around memory, history, and images of some of the political and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa.

The work was created as an open letter on African society — its lifestyles, cultures, beauty, complexities and politics. Declassified Memory Fragment works to declassify, or reveal, the aspects of everyday life that are subjected to restrictions and cultural expectations of secrecy and privacy, even within the family.

The performance at Grinnell College is partially funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project Presentation Grant, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Creating a rich blend of live music and physical image making, Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project is a transnational dance theatre project based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Philadelphia. Ethnochoreographers Esther Baker-Tarpaga and Oliver Tarpaga co-founded the project in 2004. Drawing from Africanist and postmodernist aesthetics, the project integrates choreography, spoken word, and live music soundscapes.

Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project has performed worldwide, from the Dance Bridge International festival in Tokyo and Centre de Développement Chorégraphique la Termitière in Burkina Faso, to the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at Cornell University in New York.


While the event is free, tickets are required.

They will be distributed starting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the box office in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.

Tickets are free to those present at the box office during open hours between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone reservations are not accepted, although individuals may call the box office at 641-269-4444 during open hours to determine if tickets are still available.

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