Nora Chipaumire (New York | Mutare)


30.10. 9.00 pm - 10.10 pm

31.10. 9.00 pm - 10.10 pm



Entrance € 18,00 | Reduced € 9,00


artist talk after the performance on Oct 31, moderated by Katharina Fink (Iwalewahaus Bayreuth)


No foreign language skills required


PORTRAIT OF MYSELF AS MY FATHER is a performance that functions through rage, »attack stance«, and machismo and rejects every reference to the role of a victim. Nora Chipaumire climbs into the boxing ring with her father – as her father. Along with two dancers she throws herself into a fight consisting of four languages, choreography and music. In the ring with her are the stereotypes that are constantly directed at the black body and which call for a position: sexualization, the animalistic, an aptitude for competitive sports. By using the figure of the African father, they show how for generations colonial and post-colonial strategies have been exercising structural power. Nora Chipaumire, who studied dance in Zimbabwe, Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S., sees her piece as »noise art«, where the overlapping of different languages and music lead to a productive and intended overload for the audience.


Concept, Choreography and Direction Nora Chipaumire Original Music/Score Philip White Performance Nora Chipaumire Additional Dancers Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye a.k.a. Kaolack, Shamar Watt Lighting and Costume Design Nora Chipaumire Creative Management Mathilde Walker-Billaud Technical Direction Philip White Communication and Administrative Support Pia Monique Murray


Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in New York City, Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic. She 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.A.
Nora Chipaumire has been featured in several dance films and made her debut as film director in 2016 with AFRO PROMO #1 KING. Her current and ongoing projects include chicken farming in Burkina Faso and creating "living archives" with contemporary dancers in Harare, Zimbabwe.


Production and realization
Production Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Projekt Koproduktion MDC Live Arts Partner Miami Light Project, Georgia Institute of Technology, 651 ARTS, Dance Center of Columbia College and company nora chipaumire Supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts MANCC, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Miami Light Project, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Amherst College, École des Sabl, The Map Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York State Council on the Art, Dance in Process Program at Gibney Dance, The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, The Suitcase Fund, The Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN/Kyoto), Les Subsistances (Lyon, France) and New England Foundation for the Arts‘ National Dance Project Funded by the Fonds TURN of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and by Goethe-Institut.