Selamawit Biruk / Nora Chipaumire / Italy / Etiopia / Zimbabwe / USA

Virtual Studies for a Dark Swan

July 1719.30
July 1819.30

Inspired by the loneliness and fragility of Anna Pavlova in The Dying Swan, by images of barefoot and bare-chested women trying to escape the violence of the genocide in Darfur, nourished by personal experiences and musical references, Nora Chipaumire’s Black Swan refuses to die and moves towards its destiny with urgency, ferocity, desire, unleashing its voice and showing others its decisions. Virtual studies for a dark swan, 2020 was presented in Bassano del Grappa in August 2020 by six performers guided at a distance, due to the pandemic, by the choreographer. After the experience of sharing with other artists and working digitally, Selamawit Biruk takes the project to a new step: how does a solo become a piece for six dancers and then go back to being a solo, but with a different performer? How will the swan continue its journey without the other five dancing swans?

Nora Chipaumire is a New York-based artist born in Mutare, Zimbabwe, in 1965. With her work, she challenges stereotypes about Africa, investigating their different forms in art, aesthetics and performance.

Selamawit Biruk was born in Addis Ababa in 1991, where she studied performance and visual arts and worked in several theatre and film productions. She has been living in Italy for a few years and teaches dance to people with Parkinson’s disease at the Centro per la Scena Contemporanea Dancehouse in Bassano del Grappa.

  • Parco Baden Powell

performer Selamawit Biruk / coreografia Nora Chipaumire / assistenti alle prove Mackintosh Pedzusai Jerahuni, Beatrice Bresolin / suoni Mackintosh Pedzusai Jerahuni / costumi e set Sara Lando / produzione Operaestate Festival Veneto / © Riccardo Panozzo.