“An extraordinary, distilled piece of music and dance.”
— The New York Times
Choreographer/dancer/musician Olivier Tarpaga’s powerful work acknowledges the strength of refugees from Africa’s occupied Burkina Faso and its Sahel region—Tarpaga’s ancestral homeland—who have escaped from violent jihadists and fled to distant camps. The piece also conveys the ongoing suffering and lack of autonomy faced by women amid religious extremism. Featuring seven dancers and five musicians with music composed by Tarpaga, it is ultimately a work of not only survival but of hope and love.
Dancers: Ousséni Dabare, Christie Dossou, Aicha Kabore, Jean-Robert Koudogbo-Kiki, Michael Nana, Sofia Nmili, Sylvie Sanou
Musicians: Seydou Koita, Issouf Dembele, Wassa Kouyate, Yann Moni, Boubacar Djiga
Rehearsal Director: Aziz Zoundi
Olivier Tarpaga (USA/Burkina Faso), is a senior lecturer in music/director of the African Music Ensemble of Princeton University and a Lester Horton Award–winning choreographer.