Facebook Live Summer Info Series.
Throughout this series we will feature special guests that will tell us more about upcoming educational programs at the Grunin Center, as well as the programs and clubs featuring performing arts students on Ocean County College’s Campus.
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This week’s featured presenter: Samuel Pott, Founding Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance
During this Facebook Live, Samuel Pott will talk with Jaclyn Wood, Education and Community Engagement Coordinator, and Dr. Henry Jackson, Executive Director of Academic Success, about our forthcoming presentation of Dance Speaks Out: Lynchtown/ThisTown. As America witnesses an unprecedented public dialogue on racism, legacies of systemic inequality, and a new willingness to address these issues publicly, Nimbus Dance will work with local students to choreograph and present Dance Speaks Out: Lynchtown/ThisTown. The piece features rare professional performances of iconic American modern dances – Charles Weidman’s 1936 masterwork, Lynchtown, and Pearl Primus’ renowned 1943 solo Strange Fruit – that explore race, violence, and mob mentality, and illustrate the sociopolitical foundation of America’s early modern dance movement. During the time working with local students, Samuel will speak with high school and college dance students about the creative process, his vision, and techniques for creating new works.
Samuel Pott danced as a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, performing in iconic roles–the Husbandman in Appalachian Spring, Agamemnon in Clytemnestra, and Adam in Embattled Garden–and new choreographic works created by a range of leading contemporary choreographers including Larry Kegwin, Ann Bogart, Robert Wilson, and Lar Lubovitch. Prior to joining the Graham company, Mr. Pott performed as a lead dancer with American Repertory Ballet, Oakland Ballet, and Savage Jazz Dance Company, in a wide range of new and classical repertory. Mr. Pott founded Nimbus in 2005 drawing on a deeply held personal belief in the value that the arts can play in bringing together people and communities. Under his direction, the organization has developed a school that serves over 400 students, enriched Jersey City’s vibrant cultural scene, toured nationally, and gained its own building, Nimbus Arts Center at The Lively, which will open in 2020. His emotionally evocative choreography has been shown at venues including Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM Fisher), New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. His collaborations have included work with many esteemed contemporary artists working in new music, including composers Daniel Bernard Roumain, Samson Young, Judd Greenstein, Aaron Parks, and Qasim Naqvi. Mr. Pott has received Choreography Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2008 and 2017 and was named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the Council in 2012. He was one of 25 arts leaders nationally selected for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ (APAP) inaugural Leadership Fellows Program, serves on the Dance Advisory Council for New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for ArtPride NJ, and is a co-founder of the Jersey City Arts Council.
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