Limitation Etudes is an ongoing project I began to envision nine months ago, when I was diagnosed with the early stages of Multiple Sclerosis. Threatened with prospective paralysis and blindness, I divised this series of studies as a platform that would allow me to both investigate new modes of choreographing (without dancing) and create visual illustrations of my experience.

Limitation Etudes: 7-10 were created using improvisations from the generous dancers of Whim W’Him. Each short work is based on the dancers’ own writings and explores scenarios in which limitations, both real and imagined, can provide opportunities to cultivate new strengths and skill sets that might not otherwise exist.

The piece’s theatricality and technical prowess combine to perfect effect. The closing image of a straitjacketed Aung being gently carried into darkness is a stunner.

Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

Bouldin explored these ideas and themes with great care, thought and nice development, and ended with hope as one dancer tenderly lifted another, caressing that dancer as if a child.

Dean Speer, Critical Dance

Bouldin’s choreography, both technically complex and emotionally resonant, packs a universal punch that transcends the personal circumstances that spawned it.

Marcie Sillman, And another thing…

Limitation Etudes


September 8, 2017
Erickson Theater


Banning bouldin


Nils Frahm, Sagat, Joep Beving


Whim W’Him wardrobe


Michael Mazzola