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Recording: 2018-08-16 , Tanz im August | Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Nora Chipaumire

portrait of myself as my father

Tanz im August | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

What is the basis of Black masculinity? Is it the walk, is it posture, is it the time one takes? In “portrait of myself as my father” Nora Chipaumire grapples with the father figure, which becomes an opportunity to question colonial and post-colonial strategies. For Chipaumire, born in Zimbabwe, living in Brooklyn, the biography of her father becomes the starting point for a performance mix of dance, pop culture, acrobatics and discourse that passionately throws racist stereotypes and violence into the ring along with role models and utopias.

Nora Chipaumire was born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and lives in New York. Since beginning her work in 1998 she has both challenged and embraced stereotypes of Africa and the Black body, art and aesthetics. Her new trilogy “PUNK 100%POP *NIGGA” is a live- performance album, which will be premiered in October 2018 at the Kitchen, New York. Since 2012 she has been working on the long-term project “Nhaka”, a technology, praxis and working process on her artistic work. In this context she published a digital book on her website early this year based on researches with Anna Morris’s tumbuka dance company and Shona masters in Harare. Chipaumire is a Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.

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Cast & Credits

Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography: Nora Chipaumire
Original Music & Sound Score: Philip White
Extra Sound Score & Text: Nora Chipaumire
With: Nora Chipaumire, Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye a.k.a. Kaolack, Shamar Watt
Lighting & Costume Design: Nora Chipaumire
Technical Direction & Stage Management: Philip White

Booking Management: Thomas Kriegsmann, ArkType
Company Management for Europe & Africa: Leonie Wichmann
Commissioned by: Peak Performances @ Montclair State University
Production: National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project
Co-Produktion: MDC Live Arts Partner Miami Light Project, Georgia Institute of Technology, 651 ARTS, Dance Center of Columbia College and company nora chipaumire
Supported by: Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts MANCC, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Miami Light Project, 92Y Harkness Dance Center, Amherst College, École des Sables, The Map Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York State Council on the Art, Dance in Process Program at Gibney Dance, The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, The Suitcase Fund, The Japan Contemporary Dance Network Kyoto, Les Subsistances Lyon, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project
Funded by: TURN Fund of Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Goethe Institut
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.
In cooperation with Sophiensæle Berlin.

Tanz im August 2018
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer: Isa Köhler
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Marie Schmieder
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Assistant Producer: Alina Sophie Lauer
Technical Director: Patrick Tucholski
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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