“A no-holds-barred look at masculinity in African culture and the African male body in American culture.” —New York Times
Fierce and charismatic Zimbabwe/New York–based choreographer Nora Chipaumire continues her investigations of the black body, Africa, and the self. Situated in a real boxing ring, Chipaumire trades jabs with the specter of her estranged father as he fights against prejudice, social pressures, and the weight of history in this bright, loud, and penetrating work. Outfitted with boxing gloves, African talismans, and football pads, they stagger between combat and jest in this symbolic dance-ritual that forces us to question stereotypes of race and gender. Contains mature content.
All performances will be held at the Uppercut Boxing Gym, 1324 Quincy St., in Northeast Minneapolis. There will be three performances, Friday March 23 at 8pm, Saturday March 24 at 8pm, and Sunday March 25 at 8pm.
Presented as part of the Walker’s 2017-18 performance series, Spot On: Site-Specific Adventures.
Join Nora Chipaumire in the Walker galleries on Thursday, March 22 at 7 pm as she discusses the intersectionality of being black, female, and African, the prominent thematic inquiry behind her choreography. Part of Target Free Thursday Nights and presented as part of the Gertrude Lippincott Talking Dance Series, made possible by generous support from Judith Brin Ingber.
Stay after the performance on Friday, March 24 for a Q&A with Nora Chipaumire, led by Ananya Chatterjea.
About Nora Chipaumire
Born in Zimbabwe and based in New York City, Chipaumire’s work challenges and embraces the body, black art and its aesthetic. Chipaumire won the Doris Duke Artist award in 2015, was a recipient of the 2016 Foundation of Contemporary Arts grant and is a three-time New York Dance and Performance Bessie award recipient. She has studied dance and choreography in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica and the United States and has performed across the globe.