Baker + Tarpaga Dance Project


Esther Baker-Tarpaga is a performance artist and choreographer. Her performance work has recently toured to The Englert Theatre Iowa City, Tamadia Arts Festival France, Earthdance MA, Bali Spirit Festival Ubud, Earthdance Mass, InOut Festival Bobo Dioulasso, CECUT Tijuana, El Lechon Illustrado Guanajato, LabBodies LighCity Baltimore, The Wassaic Festival NY, The Englert Theatre Iowa City, BAAD!ASS Women’s Festival Bronx, Panapoly 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, The Ohio State University, and was a Grant Wood Fellow at University of Iowa. She is a member of the International Interdisciplinary Artist Consortium, toured with David Rousseve/REALITY, and collaborated with Guillermo Gomez-Pena/La Pocha Nostra. An Artist in Residence at Marin Headlands in 2013, she is also a recipient of a NY Live Arts Suitcase Fund, BETHA Grant, and was 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. She has a BA from Bowdoin College and an MA and MFA from World Arts and Cultures UCLA.