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Nora Chipaumire's "lions will roar..." Premieres at the Kumble Theater

May 13, 2010



Kumble Theater Friday, May 21 at 8:00pm Saturday, May 22 at 8:00pm Nora Chipaumire, 2009 Performing Arts grantee, will premiere her Creative Capital project, lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi on Friday and Saturday, May 21–22 at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY. Chipaumire collaborates with the legendary Thomas Mapfumo, a musician, poet and originator of chimurenga music. With his band, The Blacks Unlimited, Mapfumo creates a soundscape for the stunning Chipaumire and fellow dancer Souleymane Badolo. lions will roar… explores the nature of art created in exile. Integrating contemporary and traditional forms of Zimbabwean dance and music, the work reexamines the art of Zimbabwe over the course of that country’s economic and political downward spiral. Chipaumire states, “I wanted to make a work that tackled the African brands: Africa as violent/Africa as disease and dying/Africa as famine and hunger/Africa as exotic/happy/Africa the silent/ancient/darkness. I felt the shame and sadness of my fellow Zimbabweans, uprooted and on the run. I wanted to hold us all accountable." lions will roar… is presented by 651 ARTS, in association with Dance Theater Workshop. Join us for a post-performance discussion on May 21 with Nora Chipaumire and Thomas Mapfumo. Author and journalist Farai Chideya will speak with Chipaumire and Mapfumo about their collaboration. Visit lions will roar… at creative-capital.org. About Creative Capital Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster a sustainable practice for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists and has reached an additional 3,000 artists in more than 50 communities around the country through its Professional Development Program. Creative Capital currently receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The TOBY Fund, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, the Muriel Pollia Foundation, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros and more than 150 other institutional and individual donors. Back to Listing