This Thursday, April 30 at 7:00 in the Thomas H. Kean Theatre, Nimbus Dance Works teams with the Drew University Department of Theatre and Dance to present Lynchtown/Thistown – a program of dance works with social justice themes including masterworks of American Modern Dance history, Pearl Primus’ 1942 Strange Fruit, and Charles Weidman’s 1936 Lynchtown. Nimbus will present Artistic Director Samuel Pott’s We Acquiesce, created in 2013 as a contemporary response to Lynchtown. Students from Drew University will perform Thistown, created collaboratively under the guidance of Samuel Pott and and exploring socio-political issues of contemporary significance. Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown, is recognized as an emblematic work of the early American modern dance movement which depicts a frenzied mob intent on murder, and is based on Weidman’s childhood experience of witnessing a lynching in Lincoln, Nebraska. Pioneering African-American choreographer Pearl Primus’s Strange Fruit is a solo piece set to a reading of the iconic poem of the same name.

Also on the program are two works that represent collaborations between choreographers and visual artists. Nimbus will present a preview of renowned Italian choreographer Luca Veggetti’s Scene/Nimbus, a new work utilizing interactive sculptural art pieces designed by artist Moe Yoshida. The company will also perform Pott’s 2012 collaboration, Scarabs, with sets by Brooklyn visual artist Nicola Lopez and music by Hong Kong composer Samson Young. These works, including Thistown with Drew students, will also be performed at Nimbus Dance Works’ May 8-9 season at the Brookyn Academy of Music.

The Thursday performance is FREE!

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