In Miriam, choreographer Nora Chipaumire and dancer Okwui Okpokwasili explore the tensions that women face between public expectations and private desires, selflessness and ambition, and the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal. Chipaumire’s work takes its name from a trio of iconic women: the mother of Jesus; the sister of Aaron and Moses; and the South African singer, activist, and icon Miriam Makeba. In keeping with the name’s heritage, Miriam is disobedient and obstinate, rebellious and beloved.
Miriam is a production of MAPP International Productions and has received support from The MAP Fund, The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project and Production Residency for Dance Program, The National Endowment for the Arts, The NPN Forth Fund, and New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance Program. Miriam is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with the Experimental Media and Performing Arts
Center (EMPAC), and NPN. Miriam is also co-commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY; Les Subsistances, Lyon, France; Centro per la Scena Contemporanea/CSC, Bassano del Grappa, Italy; and Clarice Smith Performing Art Center, College Park, MD.