Artist Nora Chipaumire: ‘We have the right to pursue our dreams’

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With her powerful performances she questions gender, race and the aftermath of colonial oppression. Nora Chipaumire has forged an artistic path from Zimbabwe to New York through choreography and dance, picking up multiple awards along the way. As her piece “Nehanda: Manifesting Thinking” comes to the stage in Paris, Nora joins us in the studio to talk about Charwe Nyakasikana, who resisted British colonial rule in Rhodesia in the 19th century and how this female revolutionary hero informed her own work.

We also discuss her earlier exploration of African masculinity, and how the personal and the political spheres in Zimbabwe have become intertwined.

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