CENTER, GRAVITY, RHYTHM: Week 2 with nora chipaumire (9/19-9/24)

9/19 & 9/20
Creative Workshop in Choreography workshop Cooper Series nora chipaumire flyer
1 – 5pm each day
LPAC Troy Studio


Black and African (repertory class)
4:30 – 6pm each day
9/21 – LPAC Boyer Studio
9/22 – LPAC Troy Studio
9/23 – Matchbox Tarble Commons
9/24 – LPAC Troy Studio

These classes will serve as an introduction to internationally acclaimed choreographer/performer nora chipaumire‘s choreographic material used in development of her work, portrait of myself as my father. The work incorporates kinesthetic (physical), aural (vocal), and intellectual (scholarly) inquiries in the generation of physical language that helps situate more in the world(s) she inhabits. Choreographic material considers the following questions: what is portraiture? what is masculinity? what is the black body and what is its language? what is the African body and what is its language? This workshop is intended for advanced and mature dancers and includes themes particular to men of African descent.

More about nora chipaumire…
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and currently a resident of New York City, Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic for the past decade. She has studied dance in many parts of the world including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law, Chipaumire holds an M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Mills College (CA).

In addition, please join the artists for discussions around showings of David Zambrano’s SOUL PROJECT (9/25 and 9/26). Saturday night (9/26) will be preceded by an artist conversation in Troy Studio, Lang Performing Arts Center with David Zambrano, nora chipaumire, and Ziya Azazi at 6pm, led by Charmian Wells.

There will also be an informal sharing of and conversation around each artist’s process, moderated by Charmian Wells featuring David Zambrano, nora chipaumire, and Ziya Azazi
at 1pm on 9/27 in the LPAC Troy Studio.

All events are free and open to the public without reservation. Space is limited and available first come, first served.

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