“Chipaumire has become a rock star of downtown dance…. [She] blows everything else out of the water.” – Dance Magazine
Fierce, charismatic choreographer Nora Chipaumire has been described by dance critic Deborah Jowitt as "thrilling... a powerful woman with a strong message." This blood-pumping world premiere event includes a live performance of a new work entitled "Portrait of Myself as My Father" and the debut of Chipaumire's short film, "Afro Promo #1: Kinglady." Together, they explore the pressures facing African men, Chipaumire's own relationship with her father, and the creation of a black African man-woman superhero.
Join us after the opening night performance for delicious eats and dancing in the lobby! DJ Rupture will spin a set of contemporary African electronic music in celebratory mode. A bass visionary from New York, DJ Rupture is known for adventurous sets that integrate music from the global South into the latest developments in club culture. His originality and grassroots cosmopolitan approach have led to collaborations with Norah Jones, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer, and guitarist Andy Moor (The Ex). Rupture has toured widely and released several critically-acclaimed albums since his 2001 debut, Gold Teeth Thief, which VIBE Magazine described as “a “stunning, globe-trotting, three-turntable mix… bumping, brash, and without borders.” He writes and gives talks on contemporary culture under his own name, Jace Clayton. Special thanks to Montclair State University's Native African Students Organization.
Join us for a Community Conversation with Nora Chipaumire, moderated by Charmaine Warren, a performer, historian, consultant, dance writer, and faculty member at Hunter College and Empire State College. In the past, she has taught at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance program, Kean University, and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. Warren holds a bachelor’s degrees in speech & theater/dance and English, a master's degree in Dance Research, Reconstruction and Choreography, and a Ph.D. in history from Howard University where she taught for eight years. She lectures on western dance history, the Black tradition in American dance, and Jamaican dance. After performing for many years with major New York dance companies, she joined the dance/theater company david rousseve/REALITY with whom she performed for over a decade. Warren teaches nationally and internationally; her movement classes meld modern dance, contemporary styles, and Ashtanga yoga. She founded, produces, and serves as artistic director for Dance on the Lawn: Montclair's Dance Festival. Warren also serves as co-curator for Harlem Stage's E-Moves dance series and as the lead curator for Dance @ Wassaic Project Festival. She writes about dance for The New York Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine, and many others, and she was a member of the New York Dance and Performance Awards Committee (The Bessies) for more than ten years.
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