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About Nimbus Dance: Anima

Now more relevant than ever, Anima zooms out on the impact of a changing climate on humanity with a stunning and evocative dance performance.

Anima consists of Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott’s iconic diptych Patch of Turf and Falling Sky, which come together in this 40-minute dance concert, created in collaboration with composer Qasim Naqvi and internationally renowned projection artists Isabelle Duverger and Laia Cabrera.

Naqvi’s original music, orchestrated for a contemporary piano quartet, cuts straight to the heart (and gut) for a wholly visceral and emotional experience. Floor-to-ceiling animated projections form an ever-morphing set that feels like it will pour off the stage and over the audience.

Called a “fantastic choreographer” who “perfectly encapsulates love” by the Huffington Post, Pott goes beyond constructing physically virtuosic movement in Anima to illustrate what happens when the world you’ve conquered turns against you.


Patch of Turf

Choreographed by Samuel Pott
Commissioned music by Qasim Naqvi 

18 minutes 

By way of an 8’ x 12’ square patch of artificial grass, Patch of Turf tells of Man/Womankind in a diminishing natural environment. Set to a commissioned score by Qasim Naqvi, the work is an intense tour de force for four virtuosic female performers. The work is both ironic in its depiction of nature vis-à-vis the artificial grass and poignant in revealing both our estrangement from the natural world and competition and dominance over it.

Falling Sky

Choreographed by Samuel Pott
Commissioned music by Qasim Naqvi
Video Scenic Design by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger

19 minutes

Falling Sky provides a counterpoint and new perspective to the critical subject matter of the environment presented within its partner piece, Patch of Turf, inverting the motifs and structure of the original piece, exploring and testing dichotomies such as Organic/Artificial, Earth/Air, Biology/Spiritual, External/Internal within a greater context of a human relationship to the environment.  With the immediacy of climate change today, Falling Sky addresses the moral obligation to consider both earthbound and existential interactions, the natural world and the impact of society’s insatiable appetite for its resources.

Moving in a Changing World

A Nimbus teaching artist works with school groups to create a new dance work around the theme of individual and group relationship to the changing climate.  This multi-modal process investigates the theme through movement and other immersive practices, including reclaiming artificial materials for inspiration and potential prop use (utilizing sustainability practice of re-use) – using creativity as an impetus for reflection around the immediacy of environmental awareness.  Creation will happen over 5-10 rehearsal sessions resulting in a co-choreographed piece by participants and Nimbus Teaching Artist to be presented on the program with Nimbus Dance.



This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit 

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April 21, 2023
7:00 pm EDT
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