UF professor’s choreography film premieres in U.S.

The documentary about Nora Chipaumire has already been shown in Paris and London

Nora Chipaumire in a scene from the documentary “NORA,” produced by University of Florida professor of dance Joan Frosch.

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Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 9:15 p.m.

A film produced by a University of Florida professor will have its national broadcast premiere this week.

Joan Frosch’s “NORA” will be broadcast at 7 p.m. and midnight Wednesday by 119 PBS affiliates across the country, including WUFT-TV/DT 5.3 and Cox Cable 114 in Gainesville on the program “Afropop: The Ultimate Exchange.” Frosch is a professor of dance and director of the Center for World Arts at UF.

While this is the U.S. broadcast premiere, the 35-minute documentary about Nora Chipaumire, a self-exiled choreographer who returns to her homeland of Zimbabwe, has been screened around the world, including at the Louvre Museum in Paris and Tate Modern in London. It has been selected for more than 100 international film festivals.

“I think it is the right moment for the film,” Frosch said. “People are no longer satisfied just to imagine themselves as separate from the world. They know they’re a part of it, and they want the information. They want the human relationship with people who have grown up in other circumstances in other lands. Nora’s story can be their story.”

The film fuses reality with fiction and uses poetic cinematography to tell the story of Chipaumire, Frosch said. It looks at the life of a contemporary choreographer and what it takes for an artist to become who she is.

“She is a presence as a performer and has an incredible physicality as a dancer,” Frosch said. “Her eyes gaze into the soul of someone watching her.”

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