Performing Arts Series: Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

'When Birds Refused to Fly' examines what it is to build up and break down in the name of change.

Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project:
'When Birds Refused to Fly'

Friday and Saturday | Oct. 4–5, 2019 | 8 p.m. | Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall

Free for Tri-Co. Reserve through the Arts Office: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Goodhart 200, 610-526-5300, or

Other guests, please buy tickets online or purchase by phone at 610-526-5300. For more information, email

Set to the music of Orchestre Super Volta and performed by an ensemble of African artists, 'When Birds Refused to Fly' is a contemporary dance theater project exploring generational transformations, both cultural and geographic. Choreographer Olivier Tarpaga draws on the 1960s-70s—the post-independence fevers raging across sub-Saharan Africa and the African American fight for civil rights—to examine what it is to build up and break down in the name of change.

Learn more about Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project.

The presentation of 'When Birds Refused to Fly' was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.