Choreography by Cynthia Oliver. Text by Cynthia Oliver in collaboration with the performers. Direction by Cynthia Oliver. Music and sound design by Jason Finkelman. Videography by Marcus Behrens. Lighting by Amanda Ringger. Dramaturgy by Renee Redding Jones. Premiered at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia PA.
Rigidigidim De Bamba De: Ruptured Calypso is an evening-length multidisciplinary dance theatre project that drifts in and out of the carnival context using calypso dancing as an agent of Afro-Caribbean identity across geographical, national, and aesthetic borders. Rigidigidim’s international cast of artists layer myth, herstory, the spoken word, and calypso dancing to deliver calypso’s subversive truth telling, innuendo, and rawness to raucous and downright unrespectable levels.