Nora Chipaumire
Dancer and Choreographer
New York, NY
2011 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Nora Chipaumire is a choreographer, director, and dancer. She attended the University of Zimbabwe School of Law before moving to the U.S. in 2000 to study dance at Mills College, Oakland, California. Chipaumire’s work is informed by her self-exile from Zimbabwe, and she is devoted, in her words, “to shifting the central point of view of Africa from being solely the holder of traditional forms, and not a place of innovation.” She has danced with Urban Bush Women and Molissa Fenley and dancers, among many national and international companies. Her choreographic work has been presented in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Québec. Chipaumire received a Bessie Award for choreography in 2008 and for performance in 2007 for her work with Urban Bush Women.

Portrait photo courtesy Antoine Tempe.
  • Artwork by Nora Chipaumire
    Nora Chipaumire performing Lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi; photo copyright Donald Rockhead/Don Rock Photo
Artwork by Nora Chipaumire