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nora chipaumire in 'portrait of myself as my father,' Photo: Elise Fitte Duval.

nora chipaumire

portrait of myself as my father

October 20, 21 & 22, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.       

“Ms. Chipaumire is an artist of ferocious intensity”  – The New York Times

portrait of myself as my father celebrates and critiques masculinity (its presence, presentation and representation) as dancer-choreographer nora chipaumire continues her investigations focused on the black body, on Africa and on the self. Performed by chipaumire, Pape Ibrahima N’diaye (or Kaolack, who danced with Compagnie Jant-Bi for many years) and Shamar Watt, portrait considers the African male through the lens of cultural traditions, colonialism, Christianity, liberation struggles—and how these ideas might impact the African family and society on a global scale. portrait is timely in its examination of black maleness as it asks, “What is it about the male body, which happens to be black, that we are afraid of?”


Additional Events

Panel Discussion: The Politics of Black Bodies in Social Spaces: Monday, October 17 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
A panel discussion in which Columbia College Dance Center guest artist nora chipaumire shares a dynamic dialogue with local scholars and contemporaries on the ways in which Black body politics play out in the public sphere: on stage, in the digital sphere, in the workplace or on the streets. Participants, in addition to chipaumire, include dancer/educators Darrell Jones and Onye Ozuzu.
The panel will take place at the the Dance Center, 1306 S. Michigan Avenue, Room 106.

Post Performance Conversation: Thursday, October 20

Pre Performance Talk with Raquel Monroe and Tommy DeFrantz: Friday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Sherwood Community Music School Recital Hall, 1312 S. Michigan Ave.



nora chipaumire


$30 / $24 Seniors



The Dance Center’s presentation of nora chipaumire is funded, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Dance Center is a co-commissioner of this work through the Creation Fund of the National Performance Network.