MIRIAM is a character-driven dance-theater piece by choreographer Nora Chipaumire. MIRIAM draws inspiration from the life and persona of Miriam Makeba, the iconic South African singer and civil rights activist,as well as from Chipaumire’s own experiences and dreams as a self-exiled Zimbabwean who became a professional artist while living outside her native country. MIRIAM is an investigation of icon and fame, the fantasies and harsh realities of exile, and the burdens of objectification and representing a culture -- or an entire continent -- and the weight of resistance. MIRIAM’s script draws from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, interviews with Miriam Makeba, Christian prayers and original text by Chipaumire. The piece is directed by Long Wharf Theatre’s Eric Ting and features a commissioned soundscore by Afro-Cuban composer Omar Sosa. Okwui Okpokwasili also performs. Exploring what it means to watch and be watched, MIRIAM will ideally be performed in-the-round.
60-75 minutes (no intermission)
Half Week: $12,000 + housing (3 singles) and local transportation. Full Week: $19,000 + housing (3 singles) and local transportation. (National Dance Project Support available to U.S. presenters in 12-13)