Miami Light Project and MDC Live Arts Present

Nora Chipaumire –

portrait of myself as my f̶a̶t̶h̶e̶r̶

October 14-15, 2016
Friday – Saturday at 8:00PM

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse | 404 NW 26th Street | Wynwood

In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, Zimbabwe-born, Brooklyn-based choreographer Nora Chipaumire is joined by the specters of her estranged father. In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s trademark synthesis of contemporary African movements. Clad in boxing gloves, football pads, and sacred West African gris-gris (or talisman), they teeter between combat and play, exploding and exploiting stereotypes of black manhood in an uncompromising exchange.

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“Chipaumire has become a rock star of downtown dance, with a majestic quality that blows everything else out of the water.”

Dance Magazine

“Ms. Chipaumire is an artist of ferocious intensity”

New York Times


Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic. She is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law and holds a M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography & Performance from Mills College. She has studied dance in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. and has performed internationally in France, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and many other places.

Her newest work, portrait of myself as my father (2016), is a National Performance Network Creation Fund project, co-commissioned by Miami Dade College, in partnership with Miami Light Project, 651 Arts, Columbia College and Georgia Institute of Technology. It is the companion piece to rite riot (2013), a 75 minute solo rendering of The Rite of Spring, commissioned by French Institute Alliance Française and presented at Crossing The Line festival in New York City and Les Subsistances in France.

Chipaumire is  a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient and a 2015 Doris Duke Artist. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in  2014-2015, 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow. chipaumire is a three-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Awardee: in 2014 for the revival of her solo Dark Swan set as an ensemble piece on Urban Bush Women (UBW), in 2008 for her dance-theater work, Chimurenga, and in 2007 for her body of work with UBW—where she was a featured performer for six years and Associate Artistic Director in 2007-2008. She was a MANCC Choreographic Fellow in 2007-2008, 2009, and 2015 and was awarded the 2007 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts..