Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a performance artist and choreographer. She has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MA and MFA from World Arts and Cultures UCLA. She co-directs Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational performance company based in Burkina Faso and Philadelphia. Her performance work has toured to Tamadi'Arts (Carvin, France), Bali Spirit Festival (Ubud), InOut Festival (Bobo Dioulasso), CECUT (Tijuana), LabBodies (Baltimore), Middlebury College, Panapoly (NY), Rosekill Farm (NY), The Wassaic Festival (NY), and Kelly Strayhorn Theatre (Pittsburgh). Her dance films have screened internationally and she is a published scholar. She has taught at University of the Arts and The Ohio State University. She toured with David Rousseve/REALITY and collaborated with Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra. She was an Artist in Residence at Marin Headlands, a recipient of a NY Live Arts Suitcase Fund and BETHA Grant, and part of a US Cultural Envoy in Guinea, Botswana, and South Africa. She is a member of Philly Dance for Justice and co-founder of Meredith School Anti-Racist Group. 

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2013 to 2014