Thursday January 31, 2013

PUTNEY -- Nimbus Dance Works will perform at two local schools this week.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in The Putney School’s Michael S. Currier Center’s Calder Hall, Nimbus Dance Works will present a staging of "Lynchtown" in partnership with the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation. Additionally, Samuel Pott has choreographed a new dance that examines some of the same thematic material as "Lynchtown" from a contemporary perspective. Pott, in collaboration with Putney School dance teacher Jonathan Riseling, has also developed a piece that will be performed by Putney School students. Admission is free and the public is invited.

For more information, visit www.putneyschool.org.

Nimbus will also present a night of contemporary dance on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Dance Studio, Serkin Center at Marlboro College. The performance features "Shadow of Sound" by Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi performed by American and Taiwanese dancers, and Weidman’s 1936 masterpiece of socio-political dance, "Lynchtown."

This performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Marlboro College marketing and communication office at 802-251-7644 or mbarone@marlboro.edu.

Nimbus Dance Works, of Jersey City, N.J. took up residency at The Putney School last spring as they tuned up their 2012 season, including a collaborative modern dance piece called "Memo," which featured members of The Putney School dance ensemble and extended community. This year they’re back with Charles Weidman’s "Lynchtown" (1936), which is recognized as one of the classic works of American modern dance and a prime example of dance as a medium for socio-political expression and protest. Known for its vivid depiction of a crazed mob at the point of carrying out a lynching, "Lynchtown" was created by Weidman in response to witnessing a lynching in his home community of Lincoln, Neb., as a child at the turn of the century.

For more information on Nimbus Dance Works visit www.nimbusdanceworks.org.