Iconoclastic choreographer Chipaumire stages a raw concert inspired by 1970s independent music, Americana, and her own formative years in Zimbabwe in the 70–90's. #PUNK 100% POP*N!&GA is a live performance album that confronts and celebrates three sonic ideologies: punk, pop, and rumba, explored through the radical artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones, and Rit Nzele.
“#PUNK illustrates an environment beyond the archetypal space for white male youths. chipaumire claims her rights: to resist, to find joy in rage, and to misbehave. She holds space as an American, Zimbabwean, human, artist here to have fun.
“She is defiant, uninterested in sitting on either side of your binary. Watch her go! Safely outside your box, she thrashes in sweat-dripping ecstasy.” (Dance Enthusiast, 2017)
Performed as an epic song cycle, the work is a continuation of Chipaumire’s career-long investigation of portraiture and self-portraiture, biography, subjecthood, liberation, and independence as a black female and African.
Born with inherited historic and political contradictions, Nora Chipaumire’s work questions how status and power are experienced and presented through the body. The human body for her, and for those born without property, name or class, possesses a possible salvation as a vehicle for the manifestation of self-invention and self-determination.
The Zimbabwe-born Brooklynite 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. Among her many achievements, she was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2014-2015, a United States Artist Ford Fellow in 2011, a MANCC Choreographic Fellow in 2007-2008, 2009, and 2015 and is a three-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Awardee.
Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the support of BAM, Miami Light Project, ICA Live Art Festival (Cape Town), University of Richmond, Quick Center for the Arts, Crossing the Line Festival/French Institute Alliance Française and company nora chipaumire.