Nora Chipaumire


Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
Dance

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.

  • Photo Credit: Antoine Tempe
    Nora Chipaumire
  • Nora Chipaumire- The Last Heifer (2012): /122052474
    The Last Heifer (2012)
  • Nora Chipaumire- rite riot (2013): http://vimeo.com/98860813
    rite riot (2013)
  • Nora Chipaumire- The Last Heifer (2012): http://vimeo.com/39245121
    The Last Heifer (2012)
  • Nora Chipaumire- Chimurenga (2007): http://vimeo.com/151344516
    Chimurenga (2007)
  • Photo Credit: Anna Lee Campbell
    portrait of myself as my father (2014)
  • Photo Credit: Anna Lee Campbell
    portrait of myself as my father (2014)
  • Credit: Chris Cameron, courtesy of MANCC
    portrait of myself as my father (2014)
  • Credit: Chris Cameron, courtesy of MANCC
    portrait of myself as my father (2014)
  • Credit: Chris Cameron, courtesy of MANCC
    portrait of myself as my father (2014)

What are your key goals for the award period? What challenges, desires, drives, or needs are inspiring these goals?

I hope to create a research center for contemporary African arts. I am driven by a personal need to find a place where "self taught" artists can improve their skills through research and receive critical feedback from their peers. I also want to build a community without borders that connects working artists inside and outside of the African continent. The center would be based in Africa to better serve emerging and established artists living on the continent. It would be a place where creators of all genres would interact and exchange ideas. I began thinking and developing this project thanks to the 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards: I am currently working on the development of a contemporary dance center in Burkina Faso and Zimbabwe.