On Tuesday, February 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. Sam, in collaboration with Putney School dance teacher, Jonathan Riseling, has also developed a complementary piece that will be performed by Putney School students. Admission is free and the public is invited.
Nimbus Dance Works, of Jersey City, New Jersey 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 many 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, Nebraska as a child at the turn of the century.
From here, Nimbus will perform Lynchtown and other works at the Ailey Citigroup Theater in New York City starting February 15. For directions to The Putney School visit www.putneyschool.org. For more information on Nimbus Dance Works visit www.nimbusdanceworks.org.