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Nora Chipaumire: Miriam

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Kogod Theatre

Photograph of dancer/choreographer Nora ChipaumireThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome back Zimbabwe-born dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire for a performance of her first character-driven work, Miriam. Most recently seen at the Center during the 2010-2011 season in Lions Will Roar, Swans Will Fly, Angels Will Wrestle Heaven, Rains Will Break, Chipaumire returns with a deeply personal dance-theatre performance that reverberates with tensions. Miriam explores the dichotomy between public expectations and private desires, between objectification and power, and between darkness and light. Chipaumire's Miriam invites the audience into an immersive experience of being an outsider, requiring the engagement of all five senses.

Explore the work of choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire, the music from around the world that inspires her, and the themes present in this performance by checking out these UMD Libraries resources:

  • Books - Read about chimurenga music and the other musics of Zimbabwe from which Chipaumire draws ideas for her dances.
  • Recordings - Hear a recording by Thomas Mapfumo, the father of Zimbabwean chimurenga music and a great inspiration to choreographer Nora Chipaumire.
  • Film - Explore films featuring Nora Chipaumire, documentaries on the history of Zimbabwean music, and well as the work of Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, directors of Nora, the 2008 documentary based on Nora Chipaumire's life and art.

Streaming video:

Watch a performance of Movement (R)evolution Africa: A Story of an Art Form in Four Acts featuring dancer/choreographer Nora Chipaumire, available through Alexander Street Press's Dance in Video streaming database.