portrait of myself as my father

USA | Dance/Performance

Nora Chipaumire

► 8 & 9 février – 20h15 | Durée 1h15 ► Manège /


An explosive drama in a boxing ring: father and daughter are strapped together, both bonded and opposed to each other. The imaginary father struggles, dances and rebels: against the pressure and weight of traditions and colonialism. In portrait of myself as my father, Nora Chipaumire, born in Zimbabwe and crowned rock star of New York Dance, evokes her father as both superhero and antihero. She projects him into current images of success, starting with the victorious sportsman. The African jewellery worn takes the form of American football armour.  Chipaumire paces through the boxing ring world with Kaolack, a dancer from Germaine Acogny’s Jant-bi company. In a kind of twice-inverted Rite of Spring, the choreographer, winner of three Bessie Awards, examines the status of black-skinned men in today’s world. (Thomas Hahn)  

Chipaumire has become a rock star of New York dance, with a huge talent that sweeps aside anything in her way.” Dance Magazine
Miss Chipaumire is an artist of furious intensity”. New York Times  


Reportage réalisé au BAM 2016 Next Wave Festival, 2016

Choreographer, creator: Nora Chipaumire / With: Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye (Kaolack), Shamar Watt / Technical director: Olivier Clausse / © Chris Cameron.