Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
New York, NY
Born in Zimbabwe and based in NYC, Nora Chipaumire uses choreography to challenge and embrace stereotypes of Africa. Her NPN Creation Funded project, portrait of myself as my father (2016), celebrates and critiques masculinity. It was co-commissioned by Miami Dade College and is the companion piece to rite riot (2013), a solo rendering of the ritual work The Rite of Spring. rite riot was presented at the Crossing The Line festival in NYC and Les Subsistances in France. She is an Alpert Award in the Arts recipient (2012) and a USA Ford Fellow (2011). She has received three Bessie Awards: Dark Swan (2014), Chimurenga (2008), for her work with Urban Bush Women (2007). In 2016, she received the Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award. This Zimbabwean award is given to one person who makes a difference to the dance community. She is supported by the MAP Fund, the Jerome Foundation, NYFA B.U.I.L.D., and The Joyce Theater Foundation. She made her directorial debut for Afro Promo #1 Kinglady with Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University in 2016.