Work in progress
Dance Performance
Portrait of Myself as My Father
Nora Chipaumire
Work-in-progress presentation

Friday, 22nd of August, 7:30pm
Saturday, 23rd of August, 6pm
Doors will be open 30 min. before the performance.
There will be an artist talk session after the performance on both days.

Kyoto Arts Center (Auditorium)
546-2 Yamabusiyama-cho, Muromachi-dori Takoyakushi kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto

In portrait of myself as my father, Nora Chipaumire authors a visual rendering of masculinity and its presence, presentation and representation. The work is a means to celebrate and offer a critique of masculinity, while continuing her quest to discover her own subject hood - the black body as subject, Africa as subject, performance as subject, personal history as subject and the self as a subject of inquiry.

portrait of myself as my father will also look at the questions of remains, evidence and legacy. What remains of a dance, or what remains of the performer's performance? The piece will utilize a dry earthen corridor on which Nora will dance, leaving a footprint portrait . This clay, dirt, dust portrait created using time/force, is drawn or written and re -written each performance. The result is an installation: a sculpture drawn by the body that is left each night to be viewed by the audience at close range. The work will also feature letters written to Nora’s father, a man she never knew, that will be heard in voiceover form as well as written in chalk on the performance space. This piece is not about imagining who her father is or about fatherhood. Rather the focus of this piece is on the black male body and masculinity using the concept of father as a framework.

[Cast / Staff]
Choreography and Dance: Nora Chipaumire

Stage Manager: Hamamura Shuji
Lighting Design: Miura Asako, Mogi Norie
Costume: Atsuko Kiyokoawa
Assistant dancer: Masaru kakio Kentaro Sato

© antoine tempé_d2120619-0438 (2).jpgphoto:antoine tempé

Nora Chipaumire
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and currently a resident of New York City, Nora Chipaumire has been challenging stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic for the past decade. She has studied dance in many parts of the world including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe's School of Law, Chipaumire holds an M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Mills College (CA).
Ms. Chipaumire is a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow. She is also a two-time New York Dance and Performance (aka "Bessie") Awardee: in 2008 for her dance-theater work, Chimurenga, and in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women, where she was a featured performer for six years (2003-2008) and served as Associate Artistic Director (2007-2008). She is the recipient of the 2009 AFROPOP Real Life Award for her choreography in the film, Nora. She has also been awarded the 2007 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, and a MANCC Choreographic Fellowship in 2007-2008.Recent works include rite riot(2013) Miriam(2012) The Last Heifer (2012)

Nora Chipaumire’s Dance Workshop

With powerful and flexible limbs and body, Nora, master of different dance techniques, and experienced choreographer, gives two different classes: Open Class for relax and dance (no need of experience in dance); and Dancer’s Class to learn Nora’s original dance techniques.

 Open Class: Anybody can join, no dance experience required.
 Tuesday, 12th of August, 2014, 7 to 8:30pm. Single session.
 *No dance experience required.
 *Ages over 17, under 75
 Fee: 500 yen

 Dancer’s Class
 Mondays, 11th and 18th of August, 2014, 6 to 8pm
 Fee: 3,000 yen for two classes.

Reservations needed.
  Call by telephone or send an email with the class you wish to attend,
  your name , age and your phone number to JCDN Office.
  Phone: 075 361 4685

 Fees need to be paid on the day at the reception.

Kyoto Arts Center (Auditorium)
546-2 Yamabusiyama-cho, Muromachi-dori Takoyakushi kudaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto