Whatever a dancer looks like, an audience will project onto her a set of assumptions. Choreographer Nora Chipaumire is fascinated by this. Rather than obfuscating her appearance to hide from an audience’s “baggage,” Chipaumire instead works with—or against—these assumptions. Here, she explains how embracing her skin allows her to more deeply investigate what audiences impose on dancers.
Watch Chipaumire on art and advocacy and connecting with her audience.
Nora Chipaumire will take part in The University of the Arts School of Dance’s presentation of The School for Temporary Liveness, an eight-day pop-up performance experience running September 25 through October 2. The “school” is staged throughout the Philadelphia Art Alliance building, designed to generate new forms of spectatorship and participation. As part of the project, Chipaumire will stage a “live performance album” inspired by her formative years in Zimbabwe and the energy and rebellion of 1980s punk and New Wave music.
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