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Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:30 PM
Friday, November 18, 2016 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 20, 2016 2:00 PM // Downtown Boxing Gym

portrait of myself as my father
Nora Chipaumire

Photo credit: elise fitte duval 1920x980

She never knew her father. Now she will invent him.

In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, the Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire is joined by the specters of her estranged father, performed by two other dancers. In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s contemporary African movements. They teeter between combat and play, exploding and exploiting stereotypes of black manhood with the subject a man who can embody the ancestral as well as the modern, a man both strong and fragile. “Ms. Chipaumire is an artist of ferocious intensity.” (New York Times)

This performance is approximately 1 hour long with no intermission. Please note that the artists have requested no late seating for this performance.

Seating is bleacher-style, and audience members are welcome to bring seat cushions.

Pre-Performance Talk. Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm.

Artist Q&A. Thursday, November 17, post-performance.

Bus transportation from Ann Arbor will be available for the Thursday evening performances for a nominal fee. Order online, or call our ticket office at 734.764.2538.

PRESENTING SPONSORS

  • Renegade Ventures Fund, established by Maxine and Stuart Frankel

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative at The Wallace Foundation

MEDIA PARTNERS

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11/17/16 7:30 PM
11/18/16 8:00 PM
11/19/16 8:00 PM
11/20/16 2:00 PM

Downtown Boxing Gym

portrait of myself as my father
Nora Chipaumire

DETAILS

She never knew her father. Now she will invent him.

In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, the Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire is joined by the specters of her estranged father, performed by two other dancers. In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s contemporary African movements. They teeter between combat and play, exploding and exploiting stereotypes of black manhood with the subject a man who can embody the ancestral as well as the modern, a man both strong and fragile. “Ms. Chipaumire is an artist of ferocious intensity.” (New York Times)

This performance is approximately 1 hour long with no intermission. Please note that the artists have requested no late seating for this performance.

Seating is bleacher-style, and audience members are welcome to bring seat cushions.

Pre-Performance Talk. Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm.

Artist Q&A. Thursday, November 17, post-performance.

Bus transportation from Ann Arbor will be available for the Thursday evening performances for a nominal fee. Order online, or call our ticket office at 734.764.2538.

SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSORS

  • Renegade Ventures Fund, established by Maxine and Stuart Frankel

FUNDED IN PART BY

  • Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative at The Wallace Foundation

MEDIA PARTNERS

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Nora Chipaumire's portrait of myself as my father comes at an especially important time, opening doors for discussion.

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