Nora Chipaumire - Pittsburgh Premiere

With Miriam, the renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire creates her first character-driven work-a deeply personal dance-theater performance that looks closely at the tensions women face between public expectations and private desires; between selflessness and ambition; and between the perfection and sacrifice of the feminine ideal.

The inspiration for Miriam springs from the cultural and political milieu of Chipaumire's southern African girlhood, her self-exile to the U.S., and her self-discovery as an artist. Miriam also reverberates with other literary and legendary influences: the writings of Joseph Conrad and Chenjerai Hove; the life of South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba; and the Christian iconography of Mary. The performance of Miriam is being co-presented with the Andy Warhol Museum as part of their Off the Wall series.