Nora Chipaumire

Zimbabwean artist, Chipaumire began her work as both choreographer and solo artist in 2000. Since then, her work has been shown in numerous San Francisco Bay area venues such as ODC, Venue 9, 848 Community Space, Temescal Art Center and the Berkeley Art Center. Chipaumire has also been presented in important bay area festivals such as Summerfest (2003), Afrosolo African Diaspora Series (2003) and Women on the Way Dance Festival (2002). In addition, Chipaumire has received artistic residences at the Berkeley Art Center (2002) and Berkeley High School (2000). In New York City, Chipaumire's work has been presented by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, BRICstudio, Embora Wellness Center and as part of the Lincoln Center summer series, “color outside the lines”, 2004. She has participated as a dancer and choreographer in CORD’s Movement (R)evolution Dialogues: Contemporary Performance In and Of Africa, (2004). Internationally, Chipaumire has performed her work in Montréal, Canada (2004 / 2005).

As a dancer, Chipaumire has worked with various companies locally, nationally and internationally, including Molissa Fenley and Dancers (NYC), Dimensions Dance Theater (Oakland, CA), and Compania De La Danza Narciso Medina (Havana, Cuba). She also has had the privilege of working with esteemed Bay Area choreographers such as Thaïs Mazur, Anne Bluthenthal, Laura Elaine Ellis, Robert Moses, Mary Amentrout and Leyya Tawil, as well as New York-based Crystal Brown.


Chipaumire is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law and holds graduate degrees in dance (M.A.) and choreography and performance (M.F.A.) from Mills College (Oakland, CA). She has studied dance formally and informally in her native Zimbabwe, USA, Cuba and Jamaica. Among other interests that influence her work, Chipaumire includes fashion design, fashion modeling, photography, film acting and radio, and club DJ-ing. (Chipaumire worked as a radio DJ for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Co-operation (ZBC) before moving to the USA.

Chipaumire has taught students of all ages in recreational studios, public schools as well as community college in the San Francisco bay area, New York City, Montréal, Canada and Harare, Zimbabwe. She is currently a full time member of the renowned New York City based American dance company, Urban Bush Women.

“Nora Chipaumire is a remarkable solo artist who investigates the collaborative process within cultural, political, economic, and technological identities of African contemporary life. Her work is transnational, unafraid, and eager to burn cultural, creative, and geographic boundaries whilst illuminating what it means to be Zimbabwean/woman/black /human in an increasingly borderless world. She views the theatrical stage as a "harrowing place of purging and paradoxically a place for reclaiming strength" (The Village Voice).

choreography / performance
Nora Chipaumire

original music
Alex Potts

costume / lighting design
Nora Chipaumire



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