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Nora Chipaumire - '100% POP'

8/1/19 - 8/3/19

Zimbabwean performance-maker, nora chipaumire, and two DJ's build an exciting performance space for audiences. 100% POP is a fully immersive arts experience that uses pop as an accessible music form to explore long-standing oppression of Africans.

Zimbabwean performance-maker nora chipaumire responds to Grace Jones – black, female and unapologetic about her presence. In 100% POP, nora and two DJs interrogate Grace Jones‘ renowned “one man show” through soundclashing, Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga music, dub and noise. Using the idea of pop as an accessible musical form, the artists explore the ways information and knowledge was acquired by Africans who grew up in less free times – in times of Drum magazine, african broadcast stations, color bars, poverty, active connections to rural and township lifestyles.

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa, the black performing body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998. chipaumire is currently touring #PUNK 100%POP *NIGGA (verbalized as hashtag punk, one hundred percent pop, star nigga), a three-part live performance album which had its full world premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes a digital book project – nhaka – a theory, technology, practice and process to her artistic work. Her upcoming work will be an opera entitled “Nehanda” (2020). chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim fellow and a three-time Bessie Award winner.

Thursday, August 1st @ 9:30PM, Friday, August 2nd @ 7:30PM, and Saturday, August 3rd @ 9:30PM in Bates College Gannett Theater

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