Nora Chipaumire


Work-in-Progress Showing: Thursday, July 12 at 6 P.M.
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The Quick is dedicated to serving as a creative incubator – providing space for artists around the world to focus on the creation of new work, while simultaneously connecting those artists with our community through dialogues that allow the artist to gain insight from the audience experience and to provide educational offerings that help our audiences engage about the art form. Through making long-term investments in the creative process, the Quick is helping artists sustain and share their work on a nationally recognized platform.


Nora Chipaumire

July 2-13, 2018


Nora Chipaumire will spend two weeks at the Quick completing her latest work – #PUNK100%POP*N!&GA, a triptych that will have its world premiere in NYC before being presented at the Quick in November 2018. It is a three-part live performance album inspired by her formative years in Zimbabwe and the energy and rebellion of punk and 1980s New Wave music. During this time, she and her company of dancers will finish the piece while also leading workshops and educational programs.


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’s been the recipient of numerous fellowships including the 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2015 Doris Duke Artist, plus she’s a three-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Awardee. Prior to creating her own company, she was a featured dancer in Urban Bush Women.


As Chipaumire shares about the work, “Having inherited Zimbabwe’s historic and political baggage, I use my work to question how status and power are experienced and presented with the body for myself and others born without property, name, or class. The human body poses a possible salvation, a manifesto or a vehicle ​for potential self-invention and self-determination. #PUNK 100% POP *N!&GA is a continuation of my career-long investigation of portraiture and self-portraiture, biography, subjecthood, liberation, and independence.”


Engage with us as we offer artist showings, work-in-progress showings, meet and greets, and more with these incredible artists before their work is seen on our stages later this season.