Nora Chipaumire

Performing Arts, 2009

A native of Zimbabwe, multidisciplinary choreographer Nora Chipaumire is a self-exiled artist now based in New York. Her work, often inspired by Zimbabwean Shona sculpture and Chimurenga music, investigates the collaborative process in contemporary African life. Since 2005, Chipaumire has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Africa. Chipaumire is a recipient of the 2010 Takunda Prize, a 2008 New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Award and a 2007 New York Dance and Performance Award for her work with Urban Bush Women. She is featured in the documentary Movement ®evolution Africa and two dance films: Nora and Dark Swan. Chipaumire is a graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law and holds graduate degrees from Mills College of Oakland, CA in Dance and Choreography & Performance.

Awards and Accomplishments


Chipaumire receives a MAP Fund grant


Chipaumire has residency at Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, NY


Chipaumire wins the 2012 Alpert Award for Dance


Chipaumire receives National Performance Network Creation Fund award


Chipaumire is a 2011 USA Fellow

2010: Nora Chipaumire wins 2010 Takunda Prize