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Nimbus Dance Works Announces Northeast US Tour & New York City Season

Nimbus Dance Works Announces Northeast US Tour & New York City Season

Dates:

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:00am

Worlds Apart/Worlds Together Reception event to honor the Taipei Cultural Center

Nimbus Dance Works’ 9th Season begins with a tour of the Northeastern US culminating in the company’s New York City season at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater on February 15-17. Highlighting the run of performances are two major collaborations: first, a new work commissioned from acclaimed Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi to be performed by a dual cast of Nimbus company dancers and Taiwanese guest artists. Second, Nimbus partners with the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation to present Weidman’s seminal 1936 modern dance work Lynchtown, to be performed alongside a new thematically-linked work by Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott. Additional works to be performed include Pedro Ruiz’s electrifying Danzon (2010) set to a rousing orchestral score by Arturo Marquez and Pott’s Scarabs, a work created in 2012 in collaboration with Hong Kong composer Samson Young and New York City visual artist Nicola Lopez.

 

Nimbus Dance Works, with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center (TPECC) in New York, brings Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi and two special guest artists, Yi Wen Shen and Li Chuan Lin, to the US to create and perform a new work Shadow of Sound. Huang Yi and the guest artists will be in the US for a 5-week creative period and performance season. The work is set to new music by noted French-Vietnamese composer Tôn-That, and is performed by a cast of five dancers. Director Susan Yu of the Taipei Cultural Center says: "We really appreciate Nimbus Dance Works working hard on cross-cultural collaboration with Taiwanese dance companies. This project will not only encourage the public to engage with arts activities through inter-cultural performances and events, but also enhance a mutual understanding and appreciation of both American and Taiwanese arts. Our Center is proud to give them the full support."

 

Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown (1936) 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. Nimbus Dance Works will present a staging of Lynchtown through a partnership with the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation. Additionally, Samuel Pott will choreograph a new dance that examines some of the same thematic material as Lynchtown from a contemporary perspective.

 

Says Nimbus Artistic Director Samuel Pott about the season: “At Nimbus we are interested in using dance to engage audiences in direct and meaningful ways, so that dance can be inspiring in an aesthetic sense but also part of a broader effort to make a positive impact on people and communities. We are thrilled to present Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi’s new work which draws audiences into an exchange between artists from opposite sides of the planet. And it is an honor to perform Charles Weidman’s Lynchtown and to interact with this masterwork in many different communities and from many different angles.”

 

On Friday February 15th, immediately following the opening night performance of Nimbus’ New York Season at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, the company invites friends and supporters to join the company to celebrate at the Worlds Apart/Worlds Together reception with special public recognition of the Taipei Cultural Center and the Charles Weidman Dance Foundation. The festive event will feature wine, light hors d'oeuvres, and live music.

 

January 12, 5-6pm:            

Spring Season Preview/ Showcase

DANY 305 W. 38th Street (@8th Avenue)

Free; RSVP required: info@nimbusdanceworks.org

 

January 19 & 26:       

In-Process Events;         

Flushing Town Hall         

Flushing, NY 11354             

1pm: Public Dance Workshop:   

2:15pm: Open Rehearsal/Artist Talk with Guest Choreographer Huang Yi (Taiwan): 2 www.flushingtownhall.org

 

February 2nd, 8pm     

Performance at The Theater at Raritan Valley,

118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

0-0; www.rvccarts.org

 

February 5th

The Putney School  

418 Houghton Brook Road  

Putney, VT 05346             

Free! http://www.putneyschool.org

 

February 7th, 7pm

Marlboro College

2582 S Road  

Marlboro, VT 05344

http://www.marlboro.edu/news/events/

 

February 15th – 17th

New York City Season

Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater

405 West 55th Street, NYC  

(Info coming soon at www.nimbusdanceworks.org)

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