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Now Streaming

Olivier Tarpaga Declassified Memory Fragment

Streaming Thursday, July 2 at 7pm Eastern Time through Friday, July 31 at 10am Eastern Time.

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Declassified Memory Fragment is a 70-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 (especially 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. The work both caustically and humorously stages a two-tier society where craving for power simultaneously creates and unravels friendships, but brotherhood prevails.

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