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Portrait of Myself as my Father - Nora Chipaumire

@ Downtown Boxing Gym, 6445 E. Vernor, Detroit
She never knew her father. Now she will invent him. In this visceral exploration of African masculinity, the Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire is joined by the specters of her estranged father, performed by two other dancers. In a makeshift boxing ring, under the harsh glow of halogen worklights, the three trade jabs steeped in Chipaumire’s contemporary African movements. They teeter between combat and play, exploding and exploiting stereotypes of black manhood with the subject a man who can embody the ancestral as well as the modern, a man both strong and fragile.

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