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A choreographed bout with black masculinity.
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Wednesday September 14, 2016
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NY Premiere
portrait of myself as my father
Sep 14—Sep 17, 2016
 
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BAM, 651Arts, and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris, France) present
portrait of myself as my father
nora chipaumire

Part of Brooklyn-Paris Exchange and Tandem Paris-New York

 
 

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.

 

Commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University. Co-commissioned by MDC Live Arts in partnership with Miami Light Project, Georgia Institute of Technology, 651 ARTS, Dance Center of Columbia College and company nora chipaumire. 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.

 
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1hr 15min
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“Chipaumire has become a rock star of downtown dance… [She] blows everything else out of the water”
— Dance Magazine
“A no-holds-barred look at masculinity in African culture and the African male body in American culture.”
— The New York Times
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“fascinating, messy, entangling”
— Deborah Jowitt, ArtsJournal
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