Black and African
This class is an introduction to internationally acclaimed choreographer/performer nora chipaumire’s choreographic material used in development of her work, portrait of myself as my father. The work incorporates kinesthetic (physical), aural (vocal), and intellectual (scholarly) inquiries in the generation of physical language that helps situate more in the world(s) she inhabits. Choreographic material considers the following questions: what is portraiture? what is masculinity? what is the black body and what is its language? what is the African body and what is its language? This workshop is intended for advanced and mature dancers and includes themes particular to men of African descent.
Monday – Thursday, September 21 – 24
4:30 – 6pm each day
Troy Studio, Lang Performing Arts Center
Creative Workshop in Choroegraphy
Internationally acclaimed choreographer/performer nora chipaumire leads a 2-hour creative workshop in using one’s own body as an instrument to develop an individual artistic voice. chipaumire’s own artistic process incorporates kinesthetic (physical), aural (vocal) and intellectual (scholarly) inquiries in order to develop a physical language with which to consider questions about herself and the world(s) she inhabits. Currently this workshop is based on thematic inquiries from chipaumire’s newest choreographic work, portrait of myself as my father: what is portraiture; what is masculinity; what is the black body and what is its language; what is the African body and what is its language? Participants will be led through a physical, vocal and mental warm up before engaging in inquiry based activities and reflective discussions to create original movement motifs. chipaumire uses her artistic process as a structure for participants to think and discover together as they develop their individual artistic perspective without the intention of performing a culminating composition. This workshop is intended for advanced and mature dancers and includes themes particular to men of African descent.
Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20
1 – 5pm each day
Troy Studio, Lang Performing Arts Center
nora chipaumire interview by Lauren Grace Bakst (BOMB – Artists in Conversation)
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in New York City, Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic for over a decade. She has studied dance in many parts of the world including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law, Chipaumire holds an M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Mills College (CA).
Chipaumire is a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow. She is also a three-time winner of the New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Award: in 2008 for her dance-theater work, C†himurenga†, in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women, where she was a featured performer for six years (2003-2008) and Associate Artistic Director (2007-2008), and in 2014 for her women’s group version of Dark Swan performed by Urban Bush Women. She is the recipient of the 2009 AFROPOP Real Life Award for her choreography in the film, N†ora†. She has also been awarded the 2007 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts and a MANCC Choreographic Fellowship in 2007-2008. Chipaumire was recently selected as a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University for 2014-2015 and a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient.
Recent works include
rite riot (2013), a 75 minute solo rendering of The Rite of Spring; Miriam (2012) produced by MAPP International Productions; The Last Heifer (2012), commissioned by Danspace Project for Platform 2012, Parallels; Visible (2011), commissioned by Harlem Stage and created in collaboration with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; Kimya (2011), a work for Jokajok!, a female ensemble based in Kenya; I Ka Nye (You Look Good) (2010), created and performed with choreographer Souleymane Badolo and musician Obo Addy; Silence/Dreams (2010), created and performed with Fred Bendongue; and lions will roar, swans will fly, angles will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi (2009), created and performed with Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited.
She is featured in several films, including Fao (dir. Carolina Alejos & Luis Guardeno, 2010); Dark Swan (dir. Laurie Coyle, 2011); and the award-winning, Nora (dir. Alla Kovgan & David Hinton, 2008), as well as the documentaries Movement (R)evolution Africa (dir. Joan Frosch & Alla Kovgan, 2006) and Cassa Cassa (dir. Elodie Lefebvre, 2011).