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Whiteness Revisited

Whiteness Revisited (2015)
An installation Performance that is Site Adaptive
Length: 30 min

Conception, Choreography and Performance : Esther Baker-Tarpaga
Live music : Boubacar Djiga and/or Flatie Dembele
Recorded music and speech : ovasoul, Miley Cyrus, Tim Wise, Louis CK, Pete Seeger
Costume and Set : Esther Baker-Tarpaga
Production : Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

Performances and Residencies:
Performancy Forum Grace Performance Space, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Middlebury College Clifford Symposium, Middlebury, VT, USA
Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud, Bali
InOut Performance Festival, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Headlands Center for the Arts Residency, Marin, CA, USA
Racism is a Sickness Art Church, Philadelphia, PA USA
The Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA, USA
Grant Wood Fellow Residency, Iowa City, IA, USA

About the work:
The performance addreses whiteness/colonization intersections with pop culture, media, race, and gender.

“No people come into possession of a culture without having paid a heavy price for it.” — James Baldwin

"This is called The Default: The belief that the white experience is a neutral and objective experience and white consciousness is the standard consciousness unless otherwise specified. White culture, and American culture as a whole, suffers from the tragedy of whiteness as the default setting." -Kartina Richardson

Photos by: Mathew Oldfield, Ben Chee, Olivier Tarapga
Additional Residency Development Collaborations with Heidi W. Bartlett, Barber, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra.

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