Zimbabwe Ex-Pat Nora Chipaumire Brings Unique Dance to Goldman Warehouse
Chipaumire is a self-exiled artist who emigrated to the U.S. in 1989 and has studied dance formally and informally in Zimbabwe, Cuba, Jamaica, and California, where she received an M.A. and M.F.A. in choreography and performance from Mills College in Oakland. Her show at the Light Box will include three separate pieces: Chimurenga, Dark Swan, and Miriam.
The last piece is a work in progress that draws from the life of Miriam Makeba, an iconic South African singer and civil rights activist known to many as "Mama Afrika," as well as from Chipaumire's own experiences as a Zimbabwean expatriate and an artist. Among other themes, Miriam explores the burdens of fame and being cast as representative of an entire culture -- and even an entire continent.
"It's an effort to marry the Virgin Mary with Miriam Makeba," said Chipaumire. "Two formidable icons, and what heft it takes to be an icon. Miriam Makeba was exiled for 30 years ... by these criminal regimes. And I chose to use the Virgin Mary because there's no more powerful female icon. So there's this idea of sort of crossing cultures and timelessness, and these women being put in positions where they have so much responsibility. And yet they gracefully take them on."
The show runs at 8 p.m. January 20 and 21 at Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. Tickets cost $20. Go to miamilightproject.com or call 305-576-4350.
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