Now the Zimbabwe-born, New York City-based dancer brings the finished project to EMPAC at RPI in Troy for two performances this weekend – 8pm on Friday and Saturday (October 5 & 6).
Inspired by iconic African singer Miriam Makeba, “Miriam” is Chipaumire’s first character-driven work — a deeply personal dance-theater performance that looks closely at the tensions women face between public expectations and private desires; between selflessness and ambition; and between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal.
Performed by Chipaumire and Okwui Okpokwasili (Bronx-born to Nigerian parents), Miriam renders the intensity of women who fight to create themselves despite the dual legacies of strict cultural traditions and imperialist racial views that define female beauty and power. Chipaumire describes the work as “a solo for two people,” with the dancers embodying different personalities of the same person.
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Dance/Theater Artist Nora Chipaumire Brings Team to MASS MoCA to Work on Preview “Miriam”