|Nora Chipaumire by Elise Fitte-Duval|
I would describe the show as”dance poetry”since she combined her own poetic words and phrases describing the world view of the Black male with words such as “swag”, “the greatest”(Muhammed Ali), even the “n” word and MF word, etc. Her repetitive poetry went along with movement, mostly by the other two dancers, reminded me of the poetry of group “The Last Poets” from the 70’s.
African music and bass lines played behind the dancers in a few segments as well. The dancers were chained to each other by long ribbons tied to the “boxing ring” suggesting historical bondage of the Black male in society. The dancers twisted, gyrated and pranced around the ring in a “circus-like display- while Nora chanted, ”We’re here to free the African”
I think the show was very avant-garde, revolutionary and more like theater than dance, but very effective.
I would have liked to see a little more African dance in the mix, but basically, this was one woman’s vision of her father in society as a black male, and Black history up to the present day. One segment even had background sounds of gun-shots, as dancers writhed on the floor. At all times, repitition of words and phrases Like, “Black, Free the African’, etc were chanted by Nora holding a chordless mike the entire time,during the performance, as she danced in time to background sounds and music Never were words and moves so closely intertwined during a dance performance. Go see it!