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Bates Dance Festival

Thursday, Aug 1, 2019 at 7:30pm

Various Venues in Lewiston
Lewiston, ME 04240


7:30pm: Joanna Kotze

What will we be like when we get there is a multi-disciplinary performance collaboration, with choreographer/dancer Joanna Kotze, dancer Omagbitse Omagbemi, visual artist Jonathan Allen, and composer/musician Ryan Seaton that combines movement, sound, and visual art in surprising ways and resonates with the social and political time we are living in now. Created during the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, this work investigates physical, emotional, and artistic spectrums while reflecting on personal journeys and current events – bringing attention to our desires, flaws, strengths, and fantasies.

Location: Alumni Gymnasium

Tickets: $20 / $15 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

9:30pm: nora chipaumire

Zimbabwean performance-maker nora chipaumire responds to Grace Jones – black, female and unapologetic about her presence. In 100% POP, nora and two DJs interrogate Grace Jones‘ renowned “one man show” through soundclashing, Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga music, dub and noise. Using the idea of pop as an accessible musical form, the artists explore the ways information and knowledge was acquired by Africans who grew up in less free times – in times of Drum magazine, african broadcast stations, color bars, poverty, active connections to rural and township lifestyles.

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa, the black performing body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998. chipaumire is currently touring #PUNK 100%POP ****** (verbalized as hashtag punk, one hundred percent pop, star *****), a three-part live performance album which had its full world premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes a digital book project – nhaka – a theory, technology, practice and process to her artistic work. Her upcoming work will be an opera entitled “Nehanda” (2020). chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim fellow and a three-time Bessie Award winner.

Location:  Gannett Theater

Tickets:  $25 / $18 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

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