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nora chipaumire

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“Chipaumire has become a rockstar of downtown dance. [She] blows everything else out of the water.” – Dance Magazine

For the past decade, Bessie Award-winning dancer/choreographer and former Urban Bush Women star nora chipaumire has challenged stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art and aesthetic. Deepening her investigations, portrait of myself as my father celebrates and critiques masculinity—its presence, presentation and representation. This profound work considers the African male through the lens of cultural traditions, colonialism, Christianity and liberation struggles, exploring how these ideas might impact the African family and society on a global scale. Performed by chipaumire, Senegalese dancer Papa Ibrahima N’diaye a.k.a. Kaolack and Shamar Watt, portrait is timely in its examination of black maleness, asking: What is it about the black male body that we fear?

This presentation of portrait of myself as my father is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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