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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann



Plus, the U.S. Premiere of Israeli Choreographer Roy Assaf’s Girls

Acclaimed contemporary dance collective New Dialect returns to OZ Arts Nashville on February 22-24 for three innovative evenings of dance theater inspired by women and their resilience.

In a culture that values strength, contemporary dance collective New Dialect works through concepts of weakness and limitation.

In November 2016, Nashville-based dancer, choreographer and New Dialect artistic director Banning Bouldin woke up suddenly unable to feel her legs, feet, arms, hands and torso. A devastating diagnosis of multiple sclerosis followed. But so, too, did the urge to study new skill sets that would allow her to choreograph without full use of her dancing body. Limitation Etudes is the result.

Bouldin has created a dozen Etudes in the series with more than 63 dancers nationwide. The Triangle, which will have its world premiere at OZ Arts, represents the most potent discoveries of the series.

The primary goal, Bouldin says, is to create a work that “both challenges individual and social perceptions of weakness, and illustrates new ways of construing ‘disability’ as an opportunity to uncover new strengths that could not exist without imposed systems of limitation.”

In addition to the performance by Bouldin’s nationally acclaimed contemporary dance collective, The Triangle includes collaborations in sculpture and conceptual fashion to create a surrealistic landscape for the choreography. Greg Pond, a multimedia artist, curator and professor at the University of the South, provides set design in his second collaboration with New Dialect. Tony Perrin, dancer, designer, and curator of the November 2018 OZ Arts event Ghosted, provides costume design in his first collaboration with New Dialect.

New Dialect’s roots run deep at OZ Arts. The collective premiered its first work at OZ Arts in 2014, and several more key collaborations have followed.

The 2018 program also includes Roy Assaf’s celebrated work Girls, performed by New Dialect in its U.S. premiere. In the piece, the Israeli choreographer considers the movements often identified with the female gender, from frailty to grace and frivolity to sexuality. Assaf made his mark touring with internationally recognized choreographer Emanuel Gat as both performer and choreographic assistant. He began independently choreographing in 2010 and has since created a number of critically acclaimed works for renowned dance companies such as Goteborgsdanskompani (Sweden), LA Dance Project (USA), and Batsheva (Israel).


New Dialect | The Triangle & Girls with special guest choreographer Roy Assaf Friday, February 22, 2019 Doors 7:00 PM, Performance 8:00 PM Saturday, February 23, 2019 Doors 6:00 PM, Performance 7:00 PM Sunday, February 24, 2019 Doors 1:00 PM, Performance 2:00 PM

Run time: 80 minutes, no intermission

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About OZ Arts Nashville

Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changed the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family, OZ Arts brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artists’ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences. OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts – Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.

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Now through June 2019 at OZ Arts Nashville ● Renowned contemporary dance collective New Dialect presents Banning Bouldin’s The Triangle, in addition to the U.S. Premiere of Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf’s Girls (February 22, 23 & 24, 2019). A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet (March 22 & 23, 2019) tells the story of one of the most influential music groups of our times—while that group performs live. ● Choreographer Windship Boyd and students of Glencliff High School collaborate for Papalagui Exposed (May 8, 2019), a moving performing piece that delves into modern society’s views on nature, time and money. Jakob Lewis of Nashville Public Radio’s Neighbors gathers some indie podcast friends for The HEARD Live! (June 13, 2019).   


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