A black and white photo of nora chipaumire with her head tipped toward her shoulder and her eyes closed and her mouth in a closed smileagainst a gray background
Visiting Artist

Dance (MFA)

nora chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for Black native Africans,  known as group B schooling, and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (Law) and at Mills College in Oakland, California (Dance).

chipaumire’s latest work is NEHANDA, a large-scale opera. Before and up to the start of the global pandemic chipaumire has been touring #PUNK 100% POP *N*GGA (verbalized as Hashtag Punk, One Hundred Percent Pop and Star N*GGA), a three-part live performance album. Her other live works include portrait of myself as my father (2016), RITE RIOT (2012) and Miriam (2012). She recently released a radio opera (2021), has been featured in several dance films and made her directorial debut with the short film Afro Promo #1 King Lady (2016).

Her long-term research project, nhaka, a technology-based practice and process to her artistic work, instigates and investigates the nature of Black bodies and the products of their imaginations. nhaka bhuku 1 was published in 2020 at the courtesy of Matadero Publishing House (Spain).

chipaumire is a four time Bessie Award winner and was a proud recipient of the 2016 Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award for her impact on the dance community in Zimbabwe. She was also nominated for a NAMA award as an exiled Zimbabwean making an impact on the arts at home and abroad in 2020. chipaumire is honored to include the acknowledgements of the arts communities in awards such as the COVID-19-related Dance Bubble grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2021), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2016), a Doris Duke Artist Award (2015) and a Princeton Hodder Fellowship (2014). She is currently a fellow at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University in Connecticut (2020) and an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2019-2021).