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Nora Chipaumire kicks off Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2018

5 Feb 2018

Nora Chipaumire’s ‘100% Pop’

Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) 2018 is looking forward to celebrating its eighth year of bringing new and energising work from around the world to the heart of Leicester.

This year, it will run from the 29 April-12 May incorporating venues across Leicester including De Montfort University, Curve Theatre and the City Hall. LDIF, hosted by arts organisation Serendipity, offers opportunities to view performances, take part in workshops and listen to artists from around the world. The festival celebrates diversity at the forefront as well as giving opportunities and platforms to talented, emerging artists.

This year’s festival reflects upon the traditions of African and Afro-Caribbean dance and commends the pioneers of ground-breaking international work. The line-up includes artists from Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Senegal, Trinidad, Zimbabwe and the UK. For the launch of Let’s Dance International Festival 2018 and to celebrate International Dance Day, the Serendipity team is excited to welcome back Nora Chipaumire.

Pop music is defined as chart music: short songs with basic verse chorus structure, commercial and accessible. Quite the opposite of the aesthetic of punk, the enterprise of pop music is not always considered as a true art, although it’s production values are usually high. 100% Pop is inspired by model, singer and actor, Grace Jones. As iconic in pop culture as Patti Smith in punk culture, Grace Jones remains untethered to norms and thrives within the margins of polite society, she defiantly remains a legitimate pop star. Nora Chipaumire creates an imagined utopia drawing from the memories of a formless girl being shaped as she discovers Grace Jones amidst a changing political and social context; the fall of communism, the return of freedom, and the rise of music television.

Nora Chipaumire’s work challenges and embraces the stereotypes of Africa and the Black performing body. Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in New York City, Nora is a three-times Bessie Award winner, including for her revival of her solo Dark Swan, set as an ensemble piece for Urban Bush Women which featured in the programme for LDIF16. This piece will not only be used to mark the LDIF 2018 launch, but will also celebrate International Dance Day, linking Leicester to festivities worldwide.

100% Pop comes to 2Funky Music Cafe in Leciester on Sunday 29 April at 6pm. To book, visit the LDIF website.