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June 19, 2010 at 1400h

This is a Lab Based project that highlights collaborations and networks of support.

This is a Process Based exploration.

Working Goals (in dvpt)

  • Raise visibility and awareness of Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, whose work is focused on socially relevant dance theatre with a contemporary African influence.
  • Raise visibility and awareness of emerging and established African choreographers working in and outside of Africa.
  • Educate, expose, and discuss socially relevant issues in Africa and the globe.
  • Source and learn from ideas, physical practices, and theoretical concepts in contemporary Africa.
  • Increase understanding and awareness of cultures that are not ours/yours.
  • Have a transparent process

Questions

Why is it important for the others to know about contemporary performance and life in Africa? Why do Americans need to care? What is it that we can learn from contemporary performance in and out of African?

Reflections
We are living in a globalized world where exchange needs to continue to happen, not just one-way exchanges based on prior economic and colonial relationships, but on collaborative partnerships.

Personal
To keep learning as an artist, a teacher, a cultural worker.
To create a better world for my daughter
To promote cross cultural understanding
To engage in physical, written, oral, aural conversations that are new, challenging, messy, and enlightening
To create opportunities for exchange between artists and audiences across borders
To create opportunities for dialogue during the current economic and environmental crises

Border Policies
This project will be a chance to have a space to create with awareness of cultural differences, of creating ideas, mining, and sourcing opportunities…

Any of the formal or understood policies that prevent understanding or exchanges
(related to government policy, economic policies, class policies, social policies.)

Breaking down border policies is one way to enable exchange and educate dance audiences.

What are the existing cultural, written, physical policies in practice in each country (USA, Madagascar, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal, Morocco, Mali)?

Think Tank #1: ACCAD Lab The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA  June 21, 2010
Face to face: Norah Zuniga-Shaw, Vita Berezina-Blackburn, Matt, Lewis Rashana Smith, Nicole Bauguss, and Esther Baker-Tarpaga
Streaming: Olivier Tarpaga and Wilfried Souly

Future Think Tank TBD:
Out of Dance USA Conference in Washington DC this past weekend…connections to
Natacha Melo of REDSD http://www.movimiento.org
Ella Cooper of EAP http://www.eapnetwork.ca

Photography by Charles Kang

Shifting Centers Cyber Dance Project

Over the course of seven months, we’ll go to seven countries: Senegal, Mali, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Burkina Faso, and Madagascar.  The American and African transnational traveling team will meet established African-based choreographers in their home cities and document the conversations and movement dialogues in a blog and video journal.  The subject of the dialogue will be centered on how to connect artists through digital spaces as a way to develop artistic exchange and innovation by shifting centers physically and digitally.  How can cyberlearning and ubiquitous technologies be utilized to tap into collaborative engagement across geographical distance?

Eliminating a center leaves reality in the form of experienced traces…erasable traces that are made permanent through web-based interactions and digital communities. Shifting Centers Cyber Dance project will create traces of artistic experience through performance, collaborative choreography and artistic exchange and innovation by creating digital spaces and web-based forums…

Project Director: Esther Baker-Tarpaga

Cultural and Travel Consultant: Olivier Tarpaga

Media Manager: Kristen Jeppsen, graduate research assistant

Creative Technology Consultant: Norah Zuniga-Shaw

Visual Designer: Nicole Bauguss

Artist Consultants and Collaborators (subject to shift during project): Opiyo Okach (Kenya), Hind Benali (Morocco), Andreya Ouamba (Senegal), Gregory Maquoma (South Africa), Gaby Saranouffi (Madagascar).

Photography by Steven A. Gunther