Nora Chipaumire

Since 2005, Chipaumire has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Africa, most recently performing in Bergamo, Italy for the 2010 Takunda Prize, presented by Cesvi, an international humanitarian organization. She is a 2008 New York Dance and Performance Award in the performance [aka "Bessie"] Award for her choreographic work "Chimurenga"; and a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award in the performance category for her work with Urban Bush Women where she also served as Associate Artistic Director. She has been honored with the Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts [2007]. Chipaumire's work has received funding from the National Dance Project [NDP], Rockefeller MAP Fund, Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is featured in the documentary "Movement (R)evolution Africa [a story of an art form in four acts)" and the focus of two dance films: "Nora," directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton and "Dark Swan," directed by Laurie Coyle. Chipaumire studied dance formally and informally in her native Zimbabwe, Senegal, USA, Cuba, and Jamaica. She is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe's School of Law and holds graduate degrees from Mills College of Oakland, CA in dance (MA) and choreography.

Choreographic Fellow | May 18 – June 7 2008 | May 3 – 11, 2009

lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi

In 2008, Chipaumire primarily focused on movement development and her collaboration with Zimbabwean musicians Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited. Chipaumire returned early summer 2009 to bring the visual design team together to continue developing the lighting and projection designs. This piece examines the art-making landscape in Zimbabwe after years of independence and questions the limitations and benefits of what it means to live outside of one’s native culture.

lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi premiered at The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on May 21-22, 2010. 

Video Highlights for Nora Chipaumire Residency

Collaborators in Residence 2008: Thomas Mapfumo [composer], Lancelot Kashesha, Chakaipa, Gilbert Zvamaida [Blacks Unlimited musicians]

Collaborators in Residence 2009: Olivier Clausse [lighting designer], Joelle Dietrick [animator + projection designer], Mallory Starling [guest performer]

Featured Artist

Tere O'Connor

Bleed
December 18 - 20
Danspace Project
(NY)

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