“As part of her research for “Portrait of Myself as My Father,” the Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire learned to box, or at least picked up a few tips. In the new work, presented by Montclair State University’s Peak Performances series, she explores African masculinity and the black male body with a boxing ring as her stage and the Senegalese performer Pape Ibrahima Ndiaye…”
Muscular, powerful, imposing: the adjectives used to describe this Zimbabwe-born dancer and choreographer are often ones more commonly associated with men. In “Portrait of Myself as My Father,” set inside a boxing ring, she takes on ideas of black masculinity directly, if skeptically. The work, a première in Montclair University’s Peak Performances series, is paired with Chipaumire’s short film “Afro Promo #1: Kinglady.”
“Portrait of myself as my father” takes place in a simulated boxing ring in which Chipaumire and Senegalese performer Kaolack are tethered together in a physically and emotionally exhausting duet. They are then joined by Shamar Watt, who plays the coach/corner man/cheerleader.
“If film becomes the medium of preference for choreographers in the 21st century, it will be because of luminous works like Heidi Latsky’s ‘Soliloquy.’ The first in a series of dance films that Montclair State University plans to produce, ‘Soliloquy’ received its premiere at the Alexander Kasser Theater on Thursday, on an evening that combined both live and recorded performances by Heidi Latsky Dance.”
“Mysterious – and beautiful…we see heads nuzzling each other; bodies gently, sensuously tangling; tendrils of hair flying…”
“In Solo Countersolo…Ms. Latsky addresses her status as an older dancer (she is 56) amid a younger cast. If age is hampering her own physical abilities, it’s hard to tell…I kept coming back to this image of [her], charged, dancing as if she might never stop.”
The choreographer Heidi Latsky has been selected as the first participant in a new short film series focusing on dance and choreography. The project, Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University, in New Jersey, will be underwritten by a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is to include three films by three different choreographers.
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