“portrait of myself as my father” takes place in a simulated boxing ring in which chipaumire and Senegalese dancer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye, also known as Kaolack, are tied together in an exhausting and symbolic dance-ritual. They are both linked and opposed, and the elastic bands are a literal and figurative connection that question family ties. Joining them in this singular performance event is Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based dancer Shamar Watt, who plays the coach/corner man/cheerleader/shadow.
Nora Chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art and aesthetic. She is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law and holds a master’s degree in dance and a master’s of fine arts in choreography and performance from Mills College. She has studied dance in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. and has performed worldwide.
Don’t miss these other events:
Inside Dance with Myron Beasley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College
Mon | July 30 | 5:30PM | Lewiston Public Library
Wed | Aug 1 | 7PM | SPACE Gallery
Fri | Aug 3 | 7PM | Alumni Gymnasium
FREE with purchase of ticket to performance
Erica Mott Productions
MYCELIAL: Street Parliament
July 5-7, 7:30pm
Tickets on sale June 1.
SHOW & TELL:
Tuesday, July 3
Gannett Theater, 7:30pm
Mycelial is an interactive installation performance that examines civic participation, social movements and interconnectedness in the digital age. Guided through the performance by a custom mobile app, audiences will navigate four large moveable video screens, a movement-reactive sound score and choreographies developed through a unique multi-year cross-cultural collaboration between Egyptian and American artists.
Choreographer Erica Mott, a development researcher turned choreographer and director builds bridges between the physical and virtual body, uncovering relationships between live and technologically mediated presence, collectivity and intimacy, embodiment and political action. Her work has been praised as “ingenious” by the Chicago Reader.
“Ingenious!” – Chicago Reader
“Erica’s work re-imagines form, performance and how we might bridge aesthetics and societal constructs. Her work defies labels.” – Sharon Bridgeforth, playwright