Lions Will Roar...
Lions Will Roar, Swans Will Fly, Angels Will Wrestle Heaven, Rains Will Break: Gukurahundi
Performance by Nora Chipaumire and Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited.
Video Design by Romain Tardy; Early Design by Joelle Dietrick.
Excerpt of the animation at http://vimeo.com/8748832
Lions Will Roar, Swans Will Fly, Angels Will Wrestle Heaven, Rains Will Break: Gukurahundi is an hour-long multi-disciplinary performance featuring contemporary/African solo dance artist Nora Chipaumire (a two-time Bessie Award winner), legendary Zimbabwean musicians Thomas Mapfumo & The Blacks Unlimited, and artist Joelle Dietrick. Gukurahundi explores the migrant experience within and outside of Africa and examines how Africa is portrayed, or packaged to a western, globalized world. Integrating movement, live music, and projected video imagery, Gukurahundi presents a new way to see, hear, and experience Africa, especially as evolves from the point of view of artists-in-exile and investigates our complicated contemporary ideas about home and place.
Video about the project at http://www.mancc.org
Audio about the project at http://www.mancc.org/podcasts/mancc-podcast-episode-9-nora-chipaumire.html
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, IL, October 1, 3-4, 2009
- World Music / CRASH Arts, Boston, MA, February 5-7, 2010
- Duke University's Reynolds Industries Theatre, Durham, NC, February 26-27, 2010
- University of Minnesota's Northrop, Minneapolis, MN, April 29, 2010
- The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, New York, NY, May 21-22, 8 pm
Presented by 651 Arts in association with Dance Theater Workshop
- DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, May 2010 (dates TBA)
- Miami Light Project, Miami, FL, May 2010 (dates TBA)
- Clarice Smith Center, University of Maryland, College Park, February 24-25 2011
Additional generous support has been provided by Creative Capital, The Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund and The National Endowment for the Arts. This artwork is co-commissioned and presented by 651 ARTS' Black Dance: Tradition and Transformation program, primarily funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and co-commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop's Commissioning and Creative Residency Program with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation.
The development of lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi was made possible through a Choreographic Fellowship at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, and creative residencies at ASU Presents, Tempe, Arizona; Dance Theater Workshop, New York City; Ecole des Sables, Senegal; The Yard, Wendy Taucher, Artistic Director; and at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Nora Chipaumire, dance, animation, expatriate, displacement