Esther Baker-Tarpaga (USA) and Hind Benali (MOROCCO)

Project Description:
Her Other Side is a 50-60 minute performance by Hind Benali (Morocco/Compagnie Fleur D’Orange) and Esther Baker-Tarpaga (USA/Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project). The work comments on and undermines hyper stereotypes of “American” and “Arab” female bodies. The performers interact with the audience to implicate them in their questions on power, constraint, freedom, and sexuality. This transnational collaboration between two female artists compares cultures finding visible differences and similarities, yet finds common ground in social constructs, manipulations, and violence towards the female body. The work draws from the performers backgrounds in performance art, improvisation, dance theatre, and belly dance. The work has received feedback and guidance from Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Kettly Noel.

Benali and Baker-Tarpaga met in 2003 at the Dialogue De Corps Festival in Burkina Faso and have developed this project with support from the Marin Headlands Artist in Residence (CA), US Embassy Rabat (Morocco), Action Danse Festival (Morocco), The French Institute Marrakech (Morocco), The Ohio State University Department of Dance (OH), Espace Napam Beogo (Burkina Faso), Centre Development Choreographique (Burkina Faso), and Highways Performance Space Santa Monica (CA).

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