Event Photo lions will roar…

Tickets: $25, $20


Fri, May 21 | 8pm


Sat, May 22 | 8pm

Nora Chipaumire | Thomas Mapfumo
& the Blacks Unlimited

Presented in association with Dance Theater Workshop

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts

Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Flatbush between DeKalb and Willoughby

lions will roar…

About the Program

New York-based Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire teams up with musician Thomas Mapfumo — the legendary “Lion of Zimbabwe” — in the New York premiere of lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi. This work takes on an Africa in conversation with itself, asking difficult questions and celebrating its achievements and humanity. lions will roar… is a visual, aural and kinesthetic equivalent of Africa’s great cities: Kinshasa, Johannesburg, Dakar and Lagos — cities full of life, contradictions, grace, defiance and power. Featuring dancers Chipaumire and Souleymane Badolo of Burkina Faso, with original music performed live by Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited.

Special Thanks

lions will roar… is funded by New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NDP), with generous support by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

Additional funding by Creative Capital, The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Choreographic Fellowship from The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC). Commissioned and presented as part of 651 ARTS’ Black Dance: Tradition and Transformation program, primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Presented in association with Dance Theater Workshop.

This program is part of “Black Brooklyn Renaissance” presented by Brooklyn Arts Council, in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

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