Audio Work
nora chipaumire
Nehanda

US Premiere


Online Broadcast
Wednesday, October 20–Saturday, November 6, 2021

In-Person Broadcast
Saturday, October 30, 2021
11am–4:30pm
Followed by Artist Talk at 5pm
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Contemporary artist and frequent Bessie Award winner nora chipaumire challenges—and embraces—stereotypes of Africa, Black performance and aesthetics, and contemporary dance through her innovative work.

Created during the pandemic, her audio work Nehanda is based on a legend of a spirit venerated by the Shona people, native of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique. chipaumire brings together instruments and musicians from around the world to evoke the story of atrocities against indigenous communities in British-occupied Southern Rhodesia.

The audio work will be available to enjoy online from Wednesday, October 20–Saturday, November 6 with individual scenes released daily at midnight.

To dive into the full piece in a special audio environment and attend a talk with artist nora chipaumire, join us in person on Saturday, October 30 in FIAF’s Tinker Auditorium.

Nehanda Cycle
3 hours 52 minutes

  • Day 1 — natives
  • Day 2 — whites
  • Day 3 — pungwe
  • Day 4 — thinkers
  • Day 5 — komuredhi judhas nemajekenisheni
  • Day 6 — white verdict
  • Day 7 — killings
  • Day 0 — manifesting

Schedule

Online Broadcast Cycle 1, Oct 20–28

  • Individual scenes released at midnight as follows: Wed, Oct 20 – Day 1 | Thu, Oct 21 – Day 2 | Fri, Oct 22 – Day 3 | Sat, Oct 23 – Day 4 | Sun, Oct 24 – Day 5 | Mon, Oct 25 – Day 6 | Tue, Oct 26 – Day 7 | Wed, Oct 27 – Day 0
  • Full audio work available on Thu, Oct 28

Online Broadcast Cycle 2, Oct 29–Nov 6

  • Individual scenes released at midnight as follows: Fri, Oct 29 – Day 1 | Sat, Oct 30 – Day 2 | Sun, Oct 31 – Day 3 | Mon, Nov 1 – Day 4 | Tue, Nov 2 – Day 5 | Wed, Nov 3 – Day 6 | Thu, Nov 4 – Day 7 | Fri, Nov 5 – Day 0
  • Full audio work available on Sat, Nov 6

In-Person Broadcast & Artist Talk on Sat, Oct 30

  • 11am – Broadcast of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
  • 1-hour break (lunch boxes available for purchase)
  • 1:30pm – Broadcast of Day 4, Day 5, Day 6
  • 30-minute break
  • 3pm – Broadcast of Day 7, Day 0
  • 30-minute break
  • 5pm – Talk with artist nora chipaumire

About nora chipaumire

nora chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for Black native Africans—known as Group B schooling—and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and at Mills College in Oakland, CA (dance).

Cast & Creative Team

company for nora chipaumire
concept, compostion, & conduction: nora chipaumire
vocals: remi oyeniran, sinyoro mugojo, chipaumire, watt, stuart, jerahuni, van heeden, cobb, williamson, katiji
ableton + horn: tyrone isaac stuart
mbira: sinyoro + soko
drums: austin williamson
ngoma: mhuri yekwa mujogo
dj sets: shamar watt, futures
hosho, soko: sinyoro, fatima katiji
guitar: dave gagliardi – remixed from #punk
master teacher: research support – gwinyai enoch rutsito
field recordings: zvimba, norton; zimbabwe, bassano del grappa, italy; lccm, nyc; quick center, fairfield connecticut; pact, essen, germany; callie’s, berlin, germany
audio treatment by franz schütte at nadel eins studio berlin