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Join us for a special evening featuring Nimbus Dance’s acclaimed social justice initiative: Lynchtown/Thistown. This initiative brings modern dance masterworks into contemporary relevance and includes an immersive community engagement component with students from both Ocean County College and the OCVTS Performing Arts Academy.
The evening will feature two iconic American modern dances performed by Nimbus Dance: Charles Weidman’s 1936 masterwork, Lynchtown, and Pearl Primus’ renowned 1943 solo Strange Fruit. Both works explore race, violence and mob mentality, and illustrate the sociopolitical foundation of America’s early modern dance movement.
The program will also include performances by OCC and PAA dance students and a discussion with artists from Nimbus Dance.
About Nimbus Dance
Jersey City’s Nimbus Dance delivers a powerful evening of dance focused on social justice, with special appearances by students from Ocean County College and from Ocean County Vocational Technical School. Featured performances include Strange Fruit, by Dr. Pearl Primus, and Lynchtown, by Charles Weidman, both classic historic works that use dance as a medium for both activism and protest, and also electrifying performance.
In its 15th season, Nimbus is led by founding Artistic Director Samuel Pott, acclaimed choreographer and former soloist dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Nimbus’ repertory is known for structured and musical dances that evoke deep-rooted emotional connection. Through the organization’s three interrelated fields – company, school, and presenting – Nimbus is committed to artistic excellence, community engagement, and progress, in so doing impacting 16,000 people each year.
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 www.arts.gov