Choreographer/dancer Nora Chipaumire and theater director Charlotte Brathwaite will collaborate to develop portrait of myself as my father, a companion piece to Chipaumire’s recent solo rite riot. Whereas rite riot was an investigation of the black body as object, portrait investigates the black body as subject, focusing on masculinity deconstructed through movement.
Nora Chipaumire has studied dance in many parts of the world including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe's School of Law, Chipaumire holds an M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Mills College. She is a two-time Bessie Awardee: in 2008 for her dance-theater work, Chimurenga, and in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women as a performer and Associate Artistic Director (2007—2008). Chipaumire is a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow.
Charlotte Brathwaite, a native of Toronto, Canada, joined the internationally renowned La MaMa E.T.C’s Great Jones Repertory Company as an actor at the age of 16, and performed in New York and in over 12 countries with the company. A trained actor, dancer, and director, Brathwaite holds a B.A. from the Amsterdam School for the Arts in the Netherlands (Physical Theater/Theater Making) and an M.A. (Directing) from the Yale School of Drama.
She is co-founder of the Berlin/New York based performance group Naturaleza Humana, and has assistant directed for Yale Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center, and Yale Opera. Brathwaite is the recipient of several awards and citations including a Princess Grace Foundation George C. Wolfe Award (2010), and the Julian Milton Kaufman Prize (2011). She was a Princess Grace Foundation Work-In-Progress Resident Artist at BAC (2012).
Slide1 photo: Chipaumire by Anna Lee Campbell / Slide2 photo: Charlotte Brathwaite Spring 2012 Residency by Julieta Cervantes / Bio photos: Chipaumire by Antoine Tempé and Brathwaite by Richard Greene