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portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Elise Fitte Duval)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494 Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye and Nora Chipaumire at Gibney Dance (photo by: William Nadylam)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Elise Fitte Duval)^494 portrait of myself as my father (Photo: Gennadi Novash)^494

Nora Chipaumire

Enthusiastic Critical Response to portrait…

“A no-holds-barred look at masculinity in African culture and the African male body in American culture.” - The New York Times (listing)

“(A) fascinating, messy, entangling work. The woman that is onstage, embodying the man she would like her father to have been, is fierce enough for you to adore, even as you wonder whether you’d dare to meet her face to face." DanceBeat, ArtsJournal.com 

“Ms. Chipaumire, who gives herself the power of the microphone, delivers a booming manifesto — “the African must be freed from the African” — and asks: “How do you become a man? A black man? A black African man?” Offering a 10-step process — “learn to swag,” “make it look natural,” “slow way down” — she critiques stereotypes by magnifying them. (...) Dizzying and Dense...” - The New York Times (Siobhan Burke)

[portrait…] is an exercise in engaging the audience in an almost primitive way.” - The Montclair Times

 

Press Quotes about Miriam (2012) 

“Chipaumire has become a rock star of downtown dance, with a majestic quality that blows everything else out of the water.” – Dance Magazine 

“Ms. Chipaumire is an artist of ferocious intensity” – The New York Times 

“Chipaumire presents herself—a woman heroic in scale, fearless, thrilling in intensity—as an embodiment of (iconic women’s) power and sense of mission.” – DanceBeat

Miriam seeks both to capture the darkness associated with Africa and to undress baroque Western fears of the continent. Miriam does that and more.” – Willamette Week

By the time Miriam concludes, in a blaze of light, you will have visited the place of the ancestral and archetypical Intensities—desire, fear, shame, jealousy, anger. In other words, it is a hair-raising journey through the usually hidden end of the spectrum. “ – The Infinite Body

“Much of Chipaumire’s power stems from her intensity and integrity as a performer. She’s a riveting figure, a theatrical warrior, with her dramatically expressive face and fleshy, muscular limbs, stomping and prowling and transforming the stage into a freighted, separate universe that seemed to vibrate with feeling. ‘She has so many bodies in one body,’ mused one watcher.” –The Miami Herald