Dance Preview: DECLASSIFIED MEMORY FRAGMENT (Olivier Tarpaga, choreographer, on JoyceStream)

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by Tony Frankel on June 20, 2020

in Dance,Theater-New York

DECLASSIFIED IN A CLASS OF ITS OWN

During the Broadway shutdown, The Joyce Theatre has been streaming, for free on JoyceStream, some of the best things I’ve seen from all the global offerings out there. For some reason, dance translates much better than theater performances when streaming. Now, they bring you the online premiere of Declassified Memory Fragment, Olivier Tarpaga’s searing dance theater work inspired by the political corruption and cultural realities in Africa.

The streaming premiere will be available for one month following its launch on Thursday, July 2 at 7pm EST with an interactive live Q&A event during the performance hosted by choreographer Eva Yaa Asantewaa, and Director of Programming Aaron Mattocks. While access to all of The Joyce’s online resources is free, gifts of any size provide crucial support to The Joyce’s current operations and will help to ensure the future of New York City’s diverse dance landscape.

Declassified Memory Fragment is a 65-minute dance theater work with live music inspired by ideas and themes around memory, history, and images of political and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa. Choreographer Olivier Tarpaga created the work as an open-letter on African society — its lifestyles, cultures, beauty, complexities, and politics. It was created in 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.When you’ve watched this, you’ll be champing at the bit to explore more at Joyce.

Declassified Memory Fragment

JoyceStream
beginning Thursday, July 2 at 7pm

LENGTH: 70 min
CONCEPTION AND CHOREOGRAPHY: Olivier Tarpaga
PERFORMERS: Ousséni Dabaré, Aziz Dermé, Jérôme Kaboré, Adonis Nébié, Olivier Tarpaga
MUSIC CONCEPT AND COMPOSITION: Mr. Tarpaga in collaboration with the musicians
LIVE MUSIC BY: Flatié Dembelé, Boubacar Djiga, Daouda Guindo, Olivier Tarpaga
LIGHTING DESIGN: Cyril Givort
SET CONCEPT: Mr. Tarpaga and Sada Dao
SET DESIGN: Face-O-Sceno
PROPS DESIGN: Sahab Koanda
COSTUME DESIGN: Mr. Tarpaga

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