"part political diatribe, part nightmare, and part call to love"



Mission Statement/History

NEW WORKS/WORLD TRADITIONS was founded by Michelle Bach-Coulibaly in 1993. Our intention is to honor Mande Traditions in light of their influence upon other Old World Traditions, and New Performance Arts in and out of Africa. Since our formation, we have created over 35 new performance pieces, reconstructed folkloric ballets from Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso as well as written six full evening movement operas. New Works is committed to the development of new performance here in America and in Mali, West Africa, where we collaborate with traditional and contemporary artisans. Recent developments include the formation of “Yeredon” an NGO in Mali, West Africa to help artists from Mali maintain their traditions while having opportunities to experiment and explore new African Dance Theater.


Meet the Company!


 Recent Work

M.I.A performance

Vieux Farka Toure Performance


Melting into Glass/Sacrifice of Marrow

Current Projects

Mali 2008 Cultural Exchange

The Bloodline Project 

A 4-phase project involving the collaboration of an international team of artists, social activists, medical practitioners and non-governmental organizatios. We propose to use the power of dramatic performance and social engagement to increase the efficacy of preventive measures in the treatment of malaria and other associated diseases.




School Performances & Workshops



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New Works in the News


Michelle heads to West Africa, a tradition since 1990.


The Providence Phoenix reviews Brown Festival of Dance 2005


Mali 2008

Click Here to read about New Works' cultural exchange project