THURSDAY NIGHT THINGS AT OZ
innovative dance and artistic performance by New Dialect company
On August 21st, contemporary dance collective New Dialect will present their inaugural performance of MultiLingual at OZ Nashville. This premiere event will bring together two of Nashville’s newest contemporary arts organizations and will feature an evening-length work of dance, film and original music created and performed by a troupe of accomplished artists from Tennessee, Romania, Israel and Russia.
The first presentation of the evening will be Fight/Flight, a dance choreographed by New Dialect’s artistic director, Banning Bouldin, and performed by the collective’s company dancers. Bouldin, a Nashville native and Juilliard-trained dancer, has performed throughout North America, Europe and Russia with such companies as The Cullberg Ballet of Sweden, Buglisi/Foremen Dance, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and Azure Barton and Artists. Her most recent choreographic work, Agora, was debuted during The Nashville Ballet’s Emergence series in May.
Bouldin’s current creation, Fight/Flight, was born out of a collaboration with Emily Clayton, a New York-based visual artist, whose performance-driven practice has led her, at times, to both literally pick up strangers on the street and wrestle with her studio paintings. Last summer, Bouldin attended an opening of Clayton’s work at the Zeitgeist gallery in Nashville where she was impacted by the disruptive and intimate nature of the images on display. Drawing from that inspiration, Bouldin, began working with Clayton and the dancers of New Dialect began to explore the raw and delicate power of partnerships through the language of movement.
Photographs from Clayton’s series Coupling will be presented during MultiLingual, along with a selection of ink drawings by Angela Markeen Naglieri’s that were inspired by New Dialect’s Fight/Flight rehearsals.
Fight/Flight will then be followed by a short film documenting a new dance work created for New Dialect by Idan Sharabi, an award-winning choreographer from Tel Aviv, who will hold a residency at New Dialect Choreographer’s Lab in July. The film will provide the audience a look into Sharabi’s creative process and will offer a taste of his kinetic, sometimes explosive movement language.
The evening will also showcase the premiere of a duet created and danced by Ana-Maria Lucaciu and Bouldin set to live, original music by Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin.
Lucaciu, a native Romanian and Canadian-trained dancer, has worked with the Royal Danish Ballet, Germany’s Augsburg Ballet, Lisbon’s Contemporary Portguese Dance Company, and most recently with New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
Zhurbin, born in Moscow, is a Juilliard-trained violinist and composer who has arranged compositions for, among others, Yo-Yo Ma, the Kronos Quartet and Jay-Z. The New York Times has heralded him as “strikingly original and soulful.”
This performance marks the first time Bouldin, Lucaciu, and Zhurbin have collaborated together.
“There are many movement languages in contemporary dance and each one has its own individual priorities and style,” Bouldin says. “MultiLingual features three of these languages—mine, Ana’s, and Idan’s, along with Ljova’s lovely composition. My hope is that our evening at OZ will educate and inspire people to consider how they move, and to question their own movement language. I want them to connect to themselves as movers, not just observers. I want to inspire people with the idea that movement is how we experience life.”
Guests will be invited to arrive at 5:30 to enjoy the comforts of OZ’s luxuriant indoor/outdoor lounge and sculpture garden. A selection of food trucks will be on hand, and drinks will be served from a cash bar. The performance will begin promptly at 7:00pm. Tickets are reasonably priced at $5.
New Dialect is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that seeks to promote the value of 21st Century dance by fostering the artistic development of dancers, teachers and choreographers. Led by Artistic Director Banning Bouldin, New Dialect’s mission is to raise awareness of the value of contemporary dance by enriching communities with authentic, high-quality dance workshops and performances that connect people more deeply to themselves and each other. New Dialect aims to inspire people of all social backgrounds, cultures and generations by offering affordable and free performances in theaters, galleries and public spaces.
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