Visiting Faculty

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Pamela Battey Mitchell Choreographer-in-Residence '21 - '22

Chipaumire is our second-ever Pamela Battey Mitchell Resident in Contemporary Dance. This gift was established in January 2021 in honor of Hanya Holm and her pupil, the late Pamela Battey Mitchell '58 by her husband, Jere Mitchell. Pamela Mitchell was a student of Holm’s for two years with Colorado College’s Summer Dance Festival and was profoundly impacted by her time with Holm. Holm, a visiting artist at the college during the 1950s, was at the cutting edge of dance at her time and is considered one of the founders of modern dance. This gift allows the Department to create a visiting artist position to further the Dance Department's goal of decentering the curriculum and instruction in dance.

Nora Chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for Black native Africans - known as group B schooling. She has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and Mills College, Oakland, CA (dance). As African knowledge acquisition does not come with baccalaureates it is impossible to quantify what the African body holds. Chipaumire acknowledges these knowledges in addition to the western forms branded into her since 1965. 

Nora Chipaumire is a four-time Bessie Award winner and was a proud recipient of the 2016 Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award for her impact on the dance community in Zimbabwe. She was also nominated for a NAMA award as one of those exiled Zimbabweans making an impact on the arts at home and abroad in 2020. chipaumire is honored to include the acknowledgements of the arts communities in awards such as the recent COVID-19 related “Dance Bubble” grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2021), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2016), a Doris Duke Artist Award (2015) and a Princeton Hodder Fellowship (2014). She is currently a Fellow at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University (2020) and an Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC (2019-2021).


Eiko Otake

Dance - Movement


Eiko has been teaching courses at Colorado College bi-annually since 2010. In 2021, Colorado College awarded Eiko an honorary degree for outstanding contributions in the field of dance. She is a Japanese choreographer/dancer who has lived in New York since 1976. Since 1972, when she abandoned her studies as a political science major, she and her partner Koma have collaborated as the performance team Eiko & Koma, creating and presenting a unique theater of movement in theaters, museums, festivals, and outdoor sites worldwide. Eiko & Koma have received many honors, including a 1996 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2004 American Dance Festival Scripps Award, and a 2006 Dance Magazine Award. Most recently, as an artist-in-residence at Wesleyan University in 2020, Eiko taught an interdisciplinary course combining the study of movement, postwar Japanese arts, and the atomic bombings. Eiko develops college courses that use movement study as means of inquiry along with readings and media studies and teaches regularly at Wesleyan University, New York University, in addition to Colorado College. Linked here is a video that a CC student Kate Montgomery created about Eiko's class, "Naked and Delicious: The State of Being" in 2011. Read more about Eiko at her website:



Kate Aronson



Kate Aronson has been a theater professional for over 25 years as an actor, director, producer, writer, and teacher of theater. She taught acting, voice & speech, improvisation, and theater history for many years in the professional actors' training program at Point Park University. She has directed numerous plays in all genres of theater, from Greek comedy to Shakespeare to contemporary musicals. She has worked and studied with Robert Wilson, Cicely Berry, Meredith Monk, and Peter Brosius, among others, and has performed all over the U.S., in London and Bulgaria. She has written, designed & produced several solo theater pieces; she co-founded, performed & toured with Squonk Opera, an experimental performance group as well as founding, producing & performing in the annual Women's Work Festival in Pittsburgh for several years. She is also a musician and is currently in a local band called Burn the Maps.     

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