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Nora Chipaumire

Work-in-Progress Performance: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Pay What You Decide – a social experiment in which we ask you to value your artistic experience.

November 17 – December 1, 2019

"I like to think of her as a Michelin-star-bedecked chef—when you sit at her table, you just have to trust and surrender: you may never know what she will cook up this time" – The Brooklyn Rail

Zimbabwe-born Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body for two decades. Her work fuses the personal and political experience of growing up in Zimbabwe, questioning how status and power are experienced and presented through the body.

Her work critiques colonialism and complicated notions of spectatorship and power. The human body for her, and for those born without property, name or class, can be a means of self-invention and self-determination.

Chipaumire returns to the Quick after her 2018-19 residency and presentation of #PUNK100%POP*N!&GA as she embarks on her largest project to date – The Queen vs. Nehanda. The new work, a live opera that tells the heroic story of Nehanda, a Zimbabwean spirit of the Shona people that used women as her mediums, will premiere as part of the Quick’s season in 2020/21.

Her work has earned her several awards including a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts, a 2011 USA Ford Fellowship, and the 2009 AFROPOP Real Life Award for her choreography in the film, Nora. She is a three-time New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Awardee. She has studied dance in many parts of the world —including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S.— and has led significant contemporary dance and choreographic workshops in east, central and West Africa.

Co-commissioners include Peak Performances at Montclair State University, Carolina Performing Arts, the Joyce Theater, and the Quick Center for the Arts.