DANCE SPEAKS OUT, JERSEY CITY NUTCRACKER and More Highlight Nimbus Dance Works' 2012-13 Season
Nimbus Dance Works's 9th season marks the company's most extensive year of performances and programs to date. The diverse set of company programs range from a New York City season at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, a multi-faceted project involving the staging of Charles Weidman's classic modern dance Lynchtown, a new venue and new partnerships for Jersey City Nutcracker, and major expansions to the company's community work in Jersey City. Known for bringing high level concert dance to diverse communities, the company's 2012-13 season is expected to bring dance to over 12,000 individuals including 4,000 students in the Jersey City Public Schools. Performance highlights include the company's debut at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Centenary College, the Major Artist Series at The Theater at Raritan Valley, Flushing Town Hall, and the Jersey City Artists Studio Tour. Additionally, the company will return to Rutgers University, to The Putney School (Vermont) and to Grace Church Van Vorst for the company's Jersey City Spring Season.
Says Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott: "We are seeing the results of a concerted effort by the company's board, staff, and dancers to strategically build the company through collaboration and partnership with like-minded organizations and individuals. It remains my strong belief, and a guiding principle for Nimbus Dance Works, that the arts become more relevant and viable when they reach into people's lives in direct ways. We are thrilled and grateful for the support and partnerships that have permitted us to continue to expand our work."
For more information and a full calendar, visit www.nimbusdanceworks.org.
Dance Speaks Out: Lynchtown/Thistown
The result of several years of planning, Dance Speaks Out: Lynchtown/Thistown is a multi-faceted project that brings Nimbus into collaboration with The Charles Weidman Dance Foundation to present a rare staging of Weidman's classic work, Lynchtown (1936). This seminal modern dance work, choreographed in response to Weidman's witnessing a lynching as a boy in Nebraska, is recognized for the poignancy of its depiction of mob violence and hatred. In addition to presenting performances of Lynchtown throughout New Jersey and in New York City, the company will present a new work by Samuel Pott inspired by the socio-political activism of Lynchtown and set to commissioned music by composer Peter Saleh. The company will additionally work with students from five New Jersey high schools guiding these students to create dances that explore socio-political issues relevant to their own lives. On June 9th in a gala statewide event, the five participating high schools will join Nimbus Dance Works at Rutgers University's Mastrobuono Theater to perform Lynchtown and the newly-created student dances. Finally, the company has enlisted the Professor Jeff Friedman of Rutgers University to present a multi-media lecture series related to the project (supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities) and filmmaker Raafi Rivero to document the project.
New York City Season at Ailey Citigroup Theater
Nimbus Dance Works returns to New York City for a three night engagement at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, February 15th-17th, 2013, where the company will present works by modern dance pioneer Charles Weidman, by Cuban-American choreographer Pedro Ruiz, and by Artistic Director Samuel Pott. Mr. Pott will present the New York premiere of his 2012 work Scarabs, created in collaboration with Hong Kong composer Samson Young and visual artist Nicola Lopez. Performances of Charles Weidman's Lynchtown will feature live music by Peter Saleh. An additional commissioned work by an international choreographer will be performed, details soon to be released.
Jersey City Nutcracker
Nimbus's Jersey City Nutcracker, a full-length production that adapts the classic holiday ballet to a modern urban setting, will be presented at Frank R. Conwell school in Downtown Jersey City, December 19th-23rd. This large venue allows for the expansion of the production that will involve the participation of over 100 youth performers alongside the professional company. Participating student performers are drawn from the School of Nimbus Dance Works, Middle School #4, Martin Center for the Arts, Henry Snyder High School, Jersey City Dance Academy, Next Step Broadway, and other New Jersey dance schools.
Please visit Nimbus Dance Works website for a full calendar of events and information about performances, the School, and opportunities to participate.
Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City's premier dance company, focuses its work on the intersection between high-level dance and innovative ways of involving communities and audiences. Nimbus presents dance performances and programs to diverse audiences locally and on tour: serving present dance audiences and building future ones. Performers with Nimbus Dance Works are top-tier dance artists drawn from widely recognized companies including American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Through critically acclaimed performances throughout New Jersey and the Northeast, programs for Jersey City youth and seniors, partnerships with institutions such as the Jersey City Board of Education, Rutgers University, and the Newark Museum, and collaborations with notable composers and visual artists, Nimbus weaves together artistic excellence and community impact.
Entering its ninth season, Nimbus programs impact more than 12,000 people each year. The company's JC Grooves dance program serves over 2,000 7th graders each year in the Jersey City public schools. In Fall 2012, Nimbus opened the School of Nimbus Dance Works in Downtown Jersey City, offering high caliber dance instruction to urban youth. The company receives funding from multiple foundations including The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Music USA, Provident Bank Foundation and the O'Donnell-Green Foundation as well as from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Council on the Humanities and the City of Jersey City and has been honored by an official proclamation of support by the Mayor and the City Council of Jersey City. Nimbus Dance Works presents annual home seasons in Jersey City and is company in residence at Grace Church-Van Vorst. In 2010 Nimbus performed at the internationally renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and held its first New York season, at the Peridance/Capezio Theater.
Artistic Director Samuel Pott founded Nimbus Dance Works in 2005 drawing on a deeply held personal belief in the value that the arts can play in bringing people and communities together. Under his direction the company has grown each year adding performances, new repertory, and new community initiatives and projects. Known for creating structured and musical dances that evoke deep-rooted emotional connection, Mr. Pott's choreography has been shown in New York City and throughout New Jersey, New England and California at venues including The Joyce Theater and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. He has choreographed dance to chamber music, choral music, jazz, new music, folk and mainstream vocal ballads; collaborations have included productions with theater groups, visual and video artists, composers and music improvisers. Recent choreographic projects include a work for Graham II in collaboration with composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. In Spring 2012 he premiered Scarabs set to new music by renowned Hong Kong composer Samson Young and and with interactive sets by visual artist Nicola Lopez.
Named a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Arts Council and a member of the council's Arts in Education roster of artists, he has taught dance at the elementary, high school, college and professional levels and has served on the faculty of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2008 Mr. Pott founded JC Grooves, a program that brings dance to over 2000 Jersey City middle school youth each year through unique and participatory methods. He is a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. Mr. Pott received a Choreography Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2008. He serves on the board of directors of Dance New Jersey and on the Arts Advisory Council for the for the Jersey City Board of Education.
Mr. Pott began his dance training at the University of California, Berkeley, and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1999. As a soloist with the Martha Graham Dance Company, his repertoire included such iconic roles as the Husbandman in Appalachian Spring, Agamemnon in Clyemnestra, and Adam in Embattled Garden. In addition to work with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Mr. Pott has performed as a lead dancer with many ballet and contemporary companies including New Jersey's American Repertory Ballet and the Oakland Ballet. He has performed featured roles from a wide range dance styles and choreographers including works by Marius Petipa, Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Isadora Duncan, Twyla Tharp, Lar Lubovitch, and directors Robert Wilson and Ann Bogart among many others; and he has created numerous original roles in contemporary works.