The Dance Enthusiast Asks Nimbus Dance Work’s Samuel Pott about “Lynchtown/Thistown.”
The Dance Enthusiast: Tell me a little about your piece, We Acquiesce. Does it parallel Lynchtown? How is it inspired by your own views on social injustice?
Samuel Pott: Weidman, along with figures like Martha Graham and Doris Humphrey, used dance as a form of activism and that resonated with the mission and cause for Nimbus Dance Works. So I wanted to give this type of direct statement-based dance a try! In We Acquiesce, I took the idea of a hanging or constriction by rope, but chose to demonstrate the idea that we are all somehow part and parcel of an acquiescence into constriction. In Lynchtown, there is a clear delineation between the perpetrators of the hanging and the victim (who is dragged onstage only at the end of the dance), but I found it hard to think in such polarized terms. I am happy with what we created in the way that there is a sense of conscience and the process of group violence made visible in the dance.
Full interview published by The Dance Enthusiast.