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  • Tennessee Performing Arts Center: Polk Theatre 505 Deaderick Street Nashville, TN, 37243 United States (map)

FOCO is a contemporary dance triptych that draws on the distinct cultural influences of three choreographers from different corners of the world.

Idan Sharabi, Yin Yue, and Banning Bouldin have each created works that highlight themes of individuality, diversity, and community through the lenses of their varied experiences and perspectives. 

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rehearsal footage from Idan Sharabi's Ella

rehearsal footage from Banning Bouldin's H E A P

image from Yin Yue's Ella




Described as "Fierce...dramatic movements that are breathtakingly dynamic and creative," Yin Yue's choreographic blend of traditional Chinese folk and contemporary dance has been hailed by critics and audiences across the US. In her new work for New Dialect, she will use this blend of dance techniques, called FoCo or "folk contemporary", to craft an intricately powerful ensemble piece that explores the challenges of maintaining individuality inside the strong and sometimes overwhelming force of a group. Yin's abstract work allows viewers to question what makes a community a mob and to consider the importance of fearlessly celebrating our singularity as members of a collective.


Winner of numerous international choreographic competitions, remarkable Israeli choreographer, Idan Sharabi, has created critically-acclaimed works for companies across the globe including Netherlands Dans Theatre II, the Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Luzern, and Ballet Chilleno. He is also a former dancer for Netherlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company and is the founder of his own Tel Aviv-based company, Idan Sharabi & Dancers. We are honored to present his work to Nashville audiences for the first time ever thanks to the generous support of the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta. 


Founder, artistic director, and resident choreographer of New Dialect, Banning Bouldin, joins forces with fellow Juilliard graduate and award-winning composer, Cristina Spinei, to collaborate in the creation of a dynamic and playful ensemble work that explores potent themes of identity with humor while blurring the line between performer and audience member. A lover of sight-specific dance, Banning endeavors to create a new work that navigates Polk Theater in unconventional ways and allows viewers to engage with and experience the choreography from a variety of vantage points.


New Dialect strives to be a resource for emerging and established local, national, and international choreographers in need of a supportive and fertile environment to deepen their movement research and advance the art form of contemporary dance through our choreographic residency program, the Choreographer's LAB. FOCO is the culmination of New Dialect's Fall 2016 Choreographer's LABs, and we are thrilled to present the works of Yin Yue and Idan Sharabi- artists who are truly defining the future of contemporary dance.

We are truly grateful to our show producers