This class focuses on creating a community of support that honors the individual voices.
We will begin together in a meditative ritual to connect to the environment and our lineages. We will do a fun warm up that builds the body heat and the joy. Participants will move, listen, create, and write. This class draws from Baker-Tarpaga’s background in Improvisation, West African Dance, and Interdisciplinary Art.
Esther Baker-Tarpaga co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational performance company based in Burkina Faso and Philadelphia. She is a member of Propelled Animals, an interdisciplinary collective centered on arts and social justice.She recently performed at The Englert Theatre Iowa, Baad!Ass Women’s Festival Bronx, LabBodies LightCity Baltimore,Tamadia Arts Festival France, Bali Spirit Festival, InOut Festival Bobo Dioulasso, and CECUT Tijuana. She was a Grant Wood Fellow at University of Iowa and has taught at Temple University, Princeton University, University of the Arts, and Ohio State University. She toured with David Rousseve/REALITY and collaborated with Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra. She was an AIR at Marin Headlands, a recipient of a NY Live Arts Suitcase Fund, and was a US Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, and South Africa. She is co-founder of Meredith School Anti-Racist Parent Group. She graduated from UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department with an MA and MFA. www.btdanceproject.org
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