Banning Bouldin, Nashville native and Juilliard graduate, began her career as a contemporary dancer working internationally with such companies and choreographers as the Cullberg Ballet, Mats Ek, Aszure Barton, Johan Inger, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Lar Lubovitch, Jacqulyn Buglisi, and others. In 2012, motivated by her passion to increase awareness of contemporary dance in the South, Bouldin returned to Nashville and formed New Dialect, a nonprofit contemporary dance collective that hosts year round professional development for artists and community outreach initiatives. As the company’s resident choreographer and artistic director, she has created, directed, and produced numerous works for theaters, gallery spaces, and site specific installations. Bouldin has gained national attention for her pioneering efforts in Nashville resulting in awards and nominations such as the Tanne Foundation Award, the Margaret Martin Award, the United States Artist Fellowship, the Tennessee Arts Commissions’ Individual Artist Fellowship, SouthArts Momentum initiative and others. In addition to her work with New Dialect, Bouldin frequently collaborates with companies and schools across the country. She has created original works for Visceral Dance Chicago, SALT, Whim W’him, Groundworks Dance Theatre, the Juilliard School, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, and looks forward to collaborating with Gibney Dance in their upcoming season.
Mark Caserta, from Philadelphia, graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Dance & Ballet Performance in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers since then. Mark was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and recently premiered his first full evening length work at Gibney for the POP Performance Series in February 2019. In the past year, Mark was commissioned and set work on Dark Circles Contemporary Dance with partner Mikey Morado and Atlanta based company Kit Modus. Mark has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts, Place des Arts and Ucine C for Springboard Danse Montreal, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also set works on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. He currently teaches full time as well as co-directs the Pre Professional Company at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, non profit the Thriving Artist Project and creating new work for his own project.
Mark Caserta joins this season as the second annual Gibney Company/Springboard EMERGE Awardee Mark Caserta, a partnership between Gibney Company and Springboard Danse Montréal which aims to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field.
Yin Yue is the founder and artistic director of YYDC. She created an innovative contemporary dance technique FoCo Technique that soon caught the attention of the dance industry and was taught by Yin Yue around the world. Yin was the winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 2015 International Commissioning Project, the 2015 BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, and the Northwest Dance Project’s 5th Annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in 2013. Yin was commissioned by all three of these widely recognized companies as well as Pennsylvania Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Alberta Ballet, Gibney Dance, Whim W’him, Bruce Wood Dance, Ririe-woodbury Dance Company, Boston Dance Theater, 10 Hairy Legs, New Dialect, Balletto Teatro di Torino, Backhausdance. She was also awarded First Place in Choreography at National Professional Dance Competition in Shanghai, China, 92Y Harkness Dance 2016-2017 Artist In Residence, Emerging Choreographer of 2015 at Springboard Danse Montreal, as well as a finalist at the A.W.A.R.D Show 2010! presented by the Joyce Theater Foundation. Her work has been recognized by organizations and festivals such as SummerStage, Jacob’s Pillow Inside out Festival, Schrit_tmacher Festival in Aachen, Germany, New York International Fringe Festival, DanceNow NYC at Joe’s Pub and many more.