Event Photo portrait of myself as my father



Sept 14-17 | 7:30pm

New York Premiere

Co-presented by BAM, and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France)

BAM Fisher

321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn, NY, 11217
(between Lafayette Ave and Hanson Pl)

portrait of myself as my father

In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, Zimbabwe-born, Brooklyn-based choreographer Nora Chipaumire (Miriam, 2012 Next Wave) is joined by the specters of her estranged father (performed by Senegalese dancer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye, also known as Kaolack, and Jamaican-born dancer Shamar Watt). In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s trademark synthesis of contemporary African movements. Clad in boxing gloves, football pads, and sacred West African gris-gris (or talisman), they teeter between combat and play, exploding and exploiting stereotypes of black manhood in an uncompromising exchange.

Post-Show Discussion: On Masculine Identity
with Nora Chipaumire | moderated by Simon Dove
Thu, Sep 15, post-show | Free for same day ticket holders

Join the conversation online: #NoraChipaumire #BAMNextWave #BlackDanceTraditions.

Did you miss our Facebook Live interview with Nora Chipaumire and dance historian Charmaine Warren? Check it out on our Facebook page to learn more about Nora and her upcoming work.

This performance is part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival and part of Brooklyn-Paris Exchange and Tandem Paris-New York.

portrait of myself as my father was commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, and was a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by MDC Live Arts in partnership with 651 ARTS, Miami Light Project, Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech, Dance Center of Columbia College, company nora chipaumire and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org. Development and production was funded in part by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts

About the Artist: Nora Chipaumire

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, Nora Chipaumire uses her choreography to challenge and embrace stereotypes of the black performing body.  Chipaumire most recently received a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant and a 2015 Doris Duke Artist award. She is a three-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Awardee: in 2008 for her dance-theater work, Chimurenga, in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women, and in 2014 for the revival of her solo Dark Swan.  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.  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, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Chipaumire made her debut as film director with Afro Promo #1: Kinglady, commissioned by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University in 2016.

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