What is the basis of Black masculinity? Is it the walk, is it posture, is it the time one takes? In portrait of myself as my father Nora Chipaumire grapples with the father figure, which becomes an opportunity to question colonial and post-colonial strategies. For Chipaumire, born in Zimbabwe, living in Brooklyn, the biography of her father becomes the starting point for a performance mix of dance, pop culture, acrobatics and discourse that passionately throws racist stereotypes and violence into the ring along with role models and utopias.
AUGUST 16 | Meet the Artist Nora Chipaumire | Talk after the performance
Nora Chipaumire was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and lives in New York. Since beginning her work in 1998 she has both challenged and embraced stereotypes of Africa and the Black body, art and aesthetics. Her new trilogy PUNK 100%POP *NIGGA is a live-performance album, which was first performed in October 2017 at the Kitchen, New York. Since 2012 she has been working on the long-term project Nhaka, a technology, praxis and process of her artistic work. In this context she published a digital book based on researches with Anna Morris’s tumbuka dance company and Shona masters in Harare. Chipaumire is a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.
Original Music & Sound Score Philip White Extra Sound Score, Text Nora Chipaumire With Nora Chipaumire, Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye a.k.a. Kaolack, Shamar Watt Lighting, Costume Design Nora Chipaumire Technical Direction, Stage Management Philip White Booking Management Thomas Kriegsmann, ArkType Kompanie Management für Europa + Afrika Leonie Wichmann
A production by Company Nora Chipaumire in coproduction with National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Projekt, MDC, Live Arts Partner Miami Light Project, Georgia Institute of Technology, 651 ARTS, Dance Center of Columbia College and HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Commisioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University. Supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts MANCC, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Miami Light Project, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Amherst College, École des Sables, The Map Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York State Council on the Art, Dance in Process Program at Gibney Dance, The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, The Suitcase Fund, The Japan Contemporary Dance Network Kyoto, Les Subsistances Lyon, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Funded by Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes an Goethe Institut. In cooperation with SOPHIENSÆLE.