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Nora Chipaumire - Monday, February 21st through Friday, February 25th

Nora Chipaumire

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire for a week of events. Chipaumire's dances address the cultural, creative and geographic boundaries of the human struggle toward identity; though dance, Chipaumire explores the concept of African identity and its role in Africa's future. Join her for a panel discussion on these topics, a pre-performance lecture on the early development of chimurenga music in the years of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, catch a performance of her new work lions will roar, and view a documentary film on the choreographer's life:

Creative Dialogue: Opening the Idea - Whose Africa Is It, Anyway? With Nora Chipaumire Monday, February 21, 2011 7:00 pm - Dance Theatre

Pre-performance Discussion With Ethnomusicologist Fernando Rios Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:00 pm - Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall, rm. 2200

Performance: lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi Featuring Nora Chipaumire, Souleymane Badolo, and Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25, 2011 8:00 pm - Dance Theatre

Nora: Documentary Film Screening Directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton Friday, February 25, 2011 7:00 pm - Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall, rm. 2200

Learn more about Chipaumire's work, the chimurenga music of Zimbabwe, and other themes present in these discussions and performances by checking out these UM Library resources:

  Books - Read about chimurenga music and the other musics of Zimbabwe from which Chipaumire draws inspiration

  Recordings - hear a recording by the father of Zimbabwean chimurenga music, Thomas Mapfumo (pictured above)

  Film - this list includes films featuring Nora Chipaumire, documentaries on the history of Zimbabwean music, as well as the work of Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, directors of Nora