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Olivier Tarpaga: “I Guess You Solved the Question”


Archival photo of performers seemingly leaning their heads against long sticks.

About the Program

Commissioned by The Princeton Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure in partnership with The Arts Club of Chicago, multidisciplinary artist Olivier Tarpaga’s new work for dance features a team of artists from Burkina Faso, France, and the United States. “I Guess You Solved the Question” depicts one of the most violent, mysterious, and repressed stories in modern architectural history, the story of Julian Carlton’s massacre and destruction of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin.

This tragic and compelling narrative is delivered by dancers from Baker and Tarpaga Dance Project, a transnational company based in Burkina Faso and Philadelphia through dramatic movement, words, sound, and images.

This program is in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. As we have limited space for this program, reservations are required.

Since 1916, The Arts Club of Chicago has been a preeminent exhibitor of international art, a forum for established and emerging artists, and a celebrated venue for performers from around the world. For over 100 years, The Arts Club has opened its membership to artists and patrons of the arts, and its exhibitions to the public. At its inaugural meeting, The Arts Club defined it’s mission: “to encourage higher standards of art, maintain galleries for that purpose, and to promote the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers.”

About the Artist

Olivier Tarpaga is the Artistic Director of Nomad Express International MultiArts Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and a Lester Horton award-winning musician and choreographer. He is currently a dance lecturer at the Lewis Center for the Arts and a music lecturer at the Department of Music, Princeton University.