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Monday, July 6, 2015


(Choreographer Nora Chipaumire)

(Reviews from the artSMart team currently in Grahamstown at the 2015 National Arts Festival)

Vibrant and energetic choreographed trance. (Review by Thomie Holtzhausen)

Choreographer Nora Chipaumire sets the stakes high in portraits of myself as my father.  This collaboration between the National Arts Festival and the Tumbuka Contemporary Dance Company certainly challenges the stereotypes of contemporary dance in Africa.  A stage covered in red sand, highly energetic dancers, superb lighting and live music invites the audience into a vibrant and energetic choreographed trance.

Chipaumire authors and celebrates masculinity, performance, the black African body, as well as interrogates the “Zimbabwean self” as manifested through time, space and force.

The opening sees the removal of the walls of space connecting with the universe. Aggressive connections between male and female and a powerful interaction of individual identities form the background to this dance tour de force. Extreme choreography, a disciplined cacophony of sounds and a direct challenge to the audience’s perceptions of African dance, the production should be showcased as supreme tourist attraction in Africa – talent, traditional beats and amazing energy.

In addition to live music, the production also features recorded music from Bhundu Boys, Doudou Ndiya Rose and Anderson & Roe. - Thomie Holtzhausen

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