Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project’s 2015 dance theater work with live music inspired by ideas and themes centered on memory, history, and images of political and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa. Free tickets are required for this event. Reserve tickets online through University Ticking after 8/28; reserve tickets by phone at 609.258.9220 or at campus box office locations after 9/13.
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Declassified Memory Fragment is a 60 minute dance theater work with live music inspired by 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” refers to living in a society where aspects of everyday life are subjected to restrictions and cultural expectations of secrecy and privacy, even within the family. The act of “declassifying” is a process of revealing, exposing what is hidden from view and obscured, not spoken.
Declassified Memory Fragment is inspired by and created as a response to political situations in different African countries (specifically Kenya, Ivory Coast and Zimbabwe), the unpredictable circulation of power and the resulting tension, destabilization and explosive climax that occurs, often without dismantling the illusion of democracy. The work both caustically and humorously stages a two-tier society where craving for power simultaneously creates and unravels friendships, but brotherhood prevails.