Nora Chipaumire

MA, MFA, Mills College. Graduate, University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law. Studied dance in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States and has performed internationally in France, Italy, Japan, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and elsewhere.  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. It is the companion piece to rite riot (2013), a 75-minute solo rendering of The Rite of Spring, commissioned by French Institute Alliance Française and presented at Crossing The Line festival in New York City and Les Subsistances in France. A 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant recipient and a 2015 Doris Duke Artist, a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in  2014-2015, 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient, and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow, she is also a three-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) awardee: in 2014 for the revival of her solo Dark Swan set as an ensemble piece on Urban Bush Women (UBW); in 2008 for her dance-theatre work, Chimurenga; and in 2007 for her body of work with UBW, where she was a featured performer for six years and associate artistic director in 2007-2008. She was a MANCC Choreographic Fellow in 2007-2008, 2009, and 2015 and was awarded the 2007 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. 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 with support from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Cultural Innovation Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has also been featured in several dance films, including Cassa Cassa (2011, Elodie Lefebvre, director) nora (2009, Alla Kogan and David Hinton, directors). She made her directorial debut in spring 2016 with Afro Promo #1: Kinglady, commissioned by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University. Her current and ongoing projects include chicken farming in Burkina Faso and creating "living archives" with contemporary dancers in Harare, Zimbabwe. She was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and has challenged and embraced stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic. SLC, 2017–