Olivier Tarpaga to grace dance festival
Posted Saturday, October 26 2013 at 01:00
Ready. Tarpaga, a choreographer and dance professor at Ohio State University in the US, is preparing Ugandan dancers for the festival in a three-week intensive dance workshop.
Olivier Tarpaga is a choreographer and a dancer. He is also a musician and songwriter. He is also a professor of dance at Ohio State University. He is one of the big names slated to perform at this year’s annual festival of the dance transmissions. Tarpaga has been working with Ugandan dancers, preparing them for the Festival in a three-week intensive Dance Workshop since Friday October 11.
Tarpaga, whose career goes as far back as early 1990’s, is a recipient of the Lester Horton Award for his 2008 work, Disorder Inside Order presented by the Target dance series at the Ford amphitheatre in Hollywood.
He has danced for David Rousseve/Reality from 2006-2009 and collaborated with choreographers such as Brett Raphael, Christian Canciani, Ousseni Sako, Lacina Coulibaly, Auguste Ouedraogo and Bienvenue Bazie.
In 2012, Tarpaga was commissioned by Zig Zag Ballet to choreograph Visage, a new work for 12 professional ballet dancers and two international musicians with a world premiere at the Rich Forum Stanford Centre for the Arts in Connecticut. He is also a recipient of numerous grants, including a Chime Mentorship Fellowship with David Rousseve as his mentor.
Unlike the previous years, Kristina Johnstone of Keiga Dance Company, says we should expect more performances from foreign artistes in and outside East Africa.
Other big performers
Tarpaga will perform alongside visitors from the East African region, including Maendeleo from Tanzania and Mashirika from Rwanda. Joining them will be a number of international big names such as Themba Mbuli (South Africa) and Gaby Saranouffi (Madagascar).
There will be great work from Uganda dance groups like Keiga Dance Company, Tabu Flo and Guerilla Arts, who will all bring new works to the National Theatre stage. Tarpaga is supported by the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund. Other visiting artistes will also be offering workshops at the festival.
Dance Transmissions was started in 2010 by Jonas Byaruhanga of Keiga Dance Group. The festival aims at promoting contemporary dance in Uganda. It is also an addition to the Kampala life through culture and art. It also gives a chance to Ugandan artistes to interact with other international artistes.