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Nora Chipaumire
Sep. 23 — Jun. 24, 2016

portrait of myself as my father / Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Elise Fitte Duval)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Elise Fitte Duval)^494 Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye and Nora Chipaumire at Gibney Dance (photo by: William Nadylam)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494

Nora Chipaumire

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. 

Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Le Monde, Johannesburg Sunday Times, and supported by the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, NYFA B.U.I.L.D., National Dance Project, NYSCA, The Joyce Theater Foundation with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. nora has also been featured in several dance films including Cassa Cassa (dir. Elodie Lefebvre, 2011) nora (Dir. Alla Kogan and David Hinton, 2009). She made her directorial debut  in spring 2016 with Afro Promo #1: Kinglady commissioned by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University. Her current and ongoing projects include chicken farming in Burkina Faso and creating "living archives" with contemporary dancers in Harare, Zimbabwe. 

 (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.

Her work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Le Monde, Johannesburg Sunday Times, and supported by the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, NYFA B.U.I.L.D., National Dance Project, NYSCA, The Joyce Theater Foundation with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. nora has also been featured in several dance films including Cassa Cassa (dir. Elodie Lefebvre, 2011) nora (Dir. Alla Kogan and David Hinton, 2009). She made her directorial debut in spring 2016 with Afro Promo #1: Kinglady commissioned by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University. Her current and ongoing projects include chicken farming in Burkina Faso and creating "living archives" with contemporary dancers in Harare, Zimbabwe.