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Harlem Stage presents "Declassified Memory Fragment" as inspired by African Society

Harlem Stage presents "Declassified Memory Fragment" as inspired by African Society


Choreographer: Olivier Tarpaga


Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:30pm



Choreographer: Olivier Tarpaga


Declassified Memory Fragment
Co-Presented with 651 Arts
A Dance Work Featuring Performers from Burkina Faso
An Open Letter to the Continent of Africa:
Its History, Beauty and Complexities

October 4, 2017 - 7:30PM

Harlem Stage is back with another amazing season featuring a range of Music, Film, Spoken Word, Dance and the return of their successful Dinner/Discussion series, WaterWorks at 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art. Experience this legendary uptown venue that for over 30 years has perpetuated and celebrated the artistic legacy of Harlem; incubating, commissioning and presenting the works of visionary artists of color.

On October 4, 2017 at 7:30pm Harlem Stage will present Declassified Memory Fragment, a dance work, featuring a live band, that is inspired by the ideas and themes of memory, history, politics and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa. The piece was created by choreographer Olivier Tarpaga.

The work was created as an open letter to African society – its lifestyles, cultures, beauty, complexity 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 and exposing what is hidden from view and obscured, not spoken. The work is a response to political conditions in African countries (specifically Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso), the unpredictable circulation of power and the resulting tension, destabilization and explosive climax that occurs, often without dismantling the illusion of democracy. Through movement and a driving band the piece both caustically and humorously stages a two-tier society where craving for power simultaneously creates and unravels friendships, yet brotherhood prevails.

*post-performance discussion with the artists moderated by Gabri Christi

The presentation of Declassified Memory Fragment was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


October 4, 2017
7:30 PM
150 Convent Avenue (at West 135th Street)
Tickets: $20


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