Lions Will Roar...

Joelle Dietrick, Lions Will Roar...
Lions Will Roar, Swans Will Fly, Angels Will Wrestle Heaven, Rains Will Break: Gukurahundi. 2008-11.
Photographs of performance by Nathan Keay, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. October 1, 2009.

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

2009-11 Performances lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

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
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