Thu, Sep 14 & Fri, Sep 15
Iconoclastic choreographer Nora Chipaumire stages a raw concert inspired by 1970s independent music, Americana, and her own formative years in Zimbabwe in the 70–90's. Riffing on an iconic Patti Smith lyric and a punk perspective on the future, #PUNK paints a riotous sonic and visual landscape with voice, dance, installation, and performance. #PUNK is the first part of a triptych titled #PUNK 100% POP*NIGGA, a live performance album that confronts and celebrates three sonic ideologies: punk, pop, and rumba, explored through the radical artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones, and Rit Nzele.
Post-performance conversation on Sep 15 with Nora Chipaumire and Faustin Linyekula, moderated by Ralph Lemon
FIAF Member $25 • Non-Member $30
55 East 59th Street, NYC
Commissioned by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts with the support of Miami Light Project, ICA Live Art Festival (Cape Town), Crossing the Line Festival/French Institute Alliance Française and company nora chipaumire.
About the Artist
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, Nora Chipaumire uses her work to challenge and embrace stereotypes of the African black body. She seeks to question how status and power are experienced and presented, working within modes of portraiture, self-portraiture, and biography. She was awarded a 2015 Doris Duke Artist award and is a three-time BESSIE award winner. Chipaumire's most recent performance work, portrait of myself as my -f-a-t-h-e-r (2015) has toured in Africa, Europe and the US, and her debut film, Afro Promo #1 King Lady (2016, commissioned by Montclair State University ) was featured in the 2017 New York African Film Festival. She last participated in Crossing the Line Festival in 2013 with rite riot.