Born in 1965 in Mutare, Zimbabwe (then Umtali, Rhodesia) and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa, the black performing body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998.
Lately, chipaumire has been touring "#PUNK 100% POP *NIGGA" (verbalized as “Hashtag Punk, One Hundred Percent Pop and Star NIGGA”), a three-part live performance album which had its world premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her other recent works include "portrait of myself as my father" (2016), "RITE RIOT" (2012) and "Miriam" (2012). She has been featured in several dance films and made her directorial debut with the short film "Afro Promo #1 King Lady" (2016).
Her long-term research project "nhaka," a technology-based practice and process to her artistic work, instigates and investigates the nature of black bodies and the products of their imaginations. bhuku 1 has partly been published as a digital book in 2018 and will soon be available in print, courtesy of Matadero Publishing House (Spain).
nora chipaumire is a four time Bessie Award winner and was a proud recipient of the 2016 Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award for her impact on the dance community in Zimbabwe. She was also nominated for a NAMA award as one of those exiled Zimbabweans making an impact on the arts at home and abroad in 2020. chipaumire is honored to include the acknowledge-ments of the arts communities in awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2016), a Doris Duke Artist Award (2015) and a Princeton Hodder Fellowship (2014). She is currently a Fellow at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University (2020) and an Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC (2019-2021).
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