Sala Hiroshima | 09/07
The triptych that began on 8 July with #PUNK 100%POP, closes the following day, Tuesday, July 9, with *N!GGA (pronounced "Star Nigga"). In the final set, this time with the audience sitting in the room, Nora Chipaumire transports us to Kinshasa in the hands of the singer and animator Rit Nzele and in a setting that is reminiscent of those backyards of the Congolese capital where local bands invite neighbours to set up their new work and record audio visual material to promote them.
Indeed, it looks promising, a great celebration of the body, music, dance and many other things, led by an artist born in Zimbabwe who lives in New York and has studied dance in Africa, Cuba, Jamaica and the USA. Her work is an exploration of her own identity and biography, and of such concepts as independence and liberation, which she already did in portrait of myself as my father.
#PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA was co-produced by The Kitchen, Crossing the Line Festival and Quick Centre for the Arts at Fairfield University.
Major support for 100%POP has been provided by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program.
Additional support for the trilogy has been provided by the Guggenheim Foundation, Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and American Dance Abroad.
#PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA was developed through residencies provided by Lincoln Centre Atrium Series, Gibney's Dance in Process program with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with JACK, Stephen Petronio Residency Center, Bates Dance Festival, University of Richmond Theatre and Dance Department, Opera estate Festival - Bassano del Grappa, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Miami Light Project and Sarah Lawrence College.
Concept and Choreography: Nora Chipaumire Performers: Nora Chipaumire, Shamar Watt, David Gagliardi, Atiyyah Khan, Philip White Sound Concept and Direction: Nora Chipaumire Sound Research, Construction and Staging: Nora Chipaumire, Shamar Watt Sound Design and Direction: Philip White Technical Direction: Sean Seago Text and Script: Nora Chipaumire Set Design: Ari Marcopoulos, Kara Walker, Matt Jackson Studio Light Design and Costume Concept: Nora Chipaumire
Booking: Thomas O. Kriegsmann, ArKtype (www.ArKtype.org) Company Management: Leonie Wichmann Studio and Production Assistant: Pia Murray
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