Scene from "Broken Theater"
CPA Series

Bobbi Jene Smith: Broken Theater

November 11 & 12, 2022
8 PM

General admission tickets from $10-$15. See details below.  

Longtime CPA collaborator and choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith presents Broken Theater a new work that melds live dance-theater, music, and cinematic beauty — in partnership with New Dialect and AMOC (American Modern Opera Company). 

Initially conceived as a virtual presentation, Smith’s fall technical residency will allow her to bring this cinematic dance-theater piece to life on stage for the first time. 


General admission, on stage tickets available for $15. $10 UNC-Chapel Hill student tickets available with valid UNC One Card. Additional discounts available. Visit our FAQ page for details. 

Save 20% on our four-performance, experimental dance series: 

  • Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: What Problem? | October 28-29, 2022 
  • Bobbi Jene Smith: Broken Theater | November 11-12, 2022 
  • David Neumann and Marcella Murray for Advanced Beginner Group: Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed | November 18-19, 2022 
  • Emanuel Gat Dance: LOVETRAIN2020 | December 7, 2022 

Main Floor, Section A Package: $82 (plus taxes and fees; save $20)  
Premium Package: $94 (plus taxes and fees; save $23) 

Visit for details.  


  • Runtime: 90 minutes 
  • Intermission: n/a 
  • Additional information: Visit our FAQ page 


Created and Directed by Bobbi Jene Smith  

Choreographed and Performed by: 

Banning Bouldin  

Julia Eichten  

Vinson Fraley  

Jonathan Fredrickson  

Keir GoGwilt  

Coleman Itzkoff  

Jesse Kovarsky  

Yiannis Logothetis  

Or Schraiber  

Bobbi Jene Smith  

Mouna Soualem  

Produced by AMOC* in association with New Dialect. 

Broken Theater is a co-commission between La Mama, MassMOCA, AMOC* and New Dialect.  

The technical residency and production of Broken Theater at Carolina Performing Arts is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 


Photo of Bobbi Jene Smith by Matthew Placek
Photo: Matthew Placek

Bobbi Jene Smith is a director, choreographer and dancer who makes work for both live theater and film. Her work explores affect and apathy, domestic politics, and the rhythmic and formal connections between music and movement. She danced for the Batsheva Company from 2005-2014. Since then she has choreographed original work for the Martha Graham Dance Company, Los Angeles Dance Project, VAIL Dance Festival, CORPUS of The Royal Danish Ballet, the Batsheva Dance Company, and others. Her dance and music theater works have been presented and supported by the American Repertory Theater, PS 122, La Mama, ODC Theater, Stanford Live, Carolina Performing Arts, Kaufman Hall at the 92nd st Y, Luminato Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and others. Additionally, she has starred in or choreographed films including Elvira Lind’s “Bobbi Jene,” Georgia Parris’s “Mari,” and Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.” She has directed her own dance films including “Broken Theaterand “Gallop Apace.”


Smith is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Royal Winnipeg School. She is a founding member of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC). In 2019 she was awarded The Harkness Promise Award and was The Martha Duffy Resident Artist at Baryshnikov Art Center. Smith is currently an Artist In Residence at LADP.


New Dialect is a nonprofit contemporary dance practice based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Banning Bouldin founded New Dialect out of a desire to foster a sustainable ecosystem for contemporary dance artists to live, learn, and collaborate in her hometown.


That work continues…

Currently in its 10th year, New Dialect now offers year round workshops and residencies to professional and pre-professional dance artists and produces performances for the stage, the screen, and site-specific installations. Collaborators include Rosie Herrera, Roy Assaf, Sidra Bell, Riley Watts, Yin Yue, Bobbi Jene Smith, and many others. New Dialect’s groundbreaking contributions to the southern dance landscape have been recognized by the NEA, South Arts, Mellon Foundation, Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, the National Center for Choreography, and the United States Artist Fellowship. 


The mission of AMOC, founded in 2017 by Matthew Aucoin and Zack Winokur, is to build and share a body of collaborative work. As a group of dancers, singers, musicians, writers, directors, composers, choreographers, and producers united by a core set of values, AMOC artists pool their resources to create new pathways that connect creators and audiences in surprising and visceral ways. 


Current and past projects include The No One’s Rose, a devised music-theater-dance piece featuring new music by Matthew Aucoin, directed by Zack Winokur with choreography by Bobbi Jene Smith; EASTMAN, a multi-dimensional performance piece contending with the life and work of Julius Eastman; Winokur’s production of Hans Werner Henze’s El Cimarrón, which has been performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Repertory Theater; a new arrangement of John Adams’s El Niño, premiered at The Met Cloisters as part of Julia Bullock’s season-long residency at the Met Museum; Davóne Tines’s and Winokur’s Were You There, a meditation on black lives lost in recent years to police violence; and Bobbi Jene Smith and Keir GoGwilt’s dance/music works With Care and A Study on Effort, which have been produced at San Francisco’s ODC Theater, Toronto’s Luminato Festival, and elsewhere. Conor Hanick’s performance of CAGE, Zack Winokur’s production of John Cage’s music for prepared piano, was cited as the best recital of the year by The New York Times in 2018 and The Boston Globe in 2019. Additionally, AMOC served as the Ojai Music Festival’s 2022 Music Director, only the second ensemble, and first explicitly interdisciplinary company, to hold the position in the festival’s 75-year history. 

In 2017, the year the company was founded, AMOC also created the Run AMOC! Festival at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA; the company has curated and performed that festival annually for the past three years. The company’s past engagements also include performances at the Big Ears Festival, the Caramoor Festival, National Sawdust, The Clark Art Institute, and the San Diego Symphony. The company has also been in residence at the Park Avenue Armory and Harvard University. 

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