DCS Partners with Bruce Wood Dance Project for September Event

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Bruce Wood Dance Project Produces LOVETT + MORE at Dallas City Performance Hall on Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 pm

DALLAS, Texas—Bruce Wood Dance Project celebrates Bruce Wood’s work with a grand retrospective of his most luminary dances and features special guest Dallas Chamber Symphony for the performance of Piazzolla de Prisa at the Dallas City Performance Hall on Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, September 14 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available August 15 at brucewoodance.org or through the Dallas Winds Box Office at 214–428–2263. Reserve tickets are $25–$45; Patron tickets are $100. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. $15 Student Rush tickets are on sale 60 minutes prior to show time at the box office. A conversation with the artists immediately follows the shows.

BWDP introduces Acting Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh. Under her leadership, BWDP offers a special program that sustains Wood’s aesthetic and maverick spirit. Premiered in 1998, Being was Wood’s fifth work and exemplifies his remarkable understanding of classical structure and musical form. Set to J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, this dance is an ode to classicism with its fast- paced, grounded, and sweeping spatial patterns: contrapuntal movement images; all working together to achieve a harmonious, symmetrical elegance.

“Being was a very deliberate attempt to make a ballet that would be so strong structurally . . . [it] would always work,” said Wood.

BWDP is delighted to present a rare dance and music opportunity. Wood was engaged in conversations with the Dallas Chamber Symphony earlier this year about Piazzolla de Prisa. Made possible by a special financial gift, BWDP has invited Dallas Chamber Symphony to play Astor Piazzolla’s score. This large-scale collaboration is a first for modern dance and chamber music in the region, and it is representative of BWDP’s commitment to stimulating and invigorating the arts. DCS comprises a 36-piece orchestra and features a section of 21 strings.

Artistic Director/Conductor Richard McKay says, “I admired [Bruce’s] artistry and innovative spirit . . . Bringing dance and live music together is always an ambitious endeavor—one that requires tremendous leadership and commitment from not only the artists who create, but also the community and patrons.”

Culminating the program is an acclaimed audience favorite and one of Wood’s most requested dances––Lovett!. Premiered in 2000, this signature work expresses Wood’s experiences working on ranches, raising horses, roping cattle, and riding in rodeos. This quintessentially Texas production leaves audiences tapping their toes and smiling from ear to ear.

BWDP has engaged seasoned veteran and BWDP founding member Kimi Nikaidoh to lead BWDP forward. Wood and Nikaidoh shared history together dating back to 2000 when she joined Bruce Wood Dance Company as an 18-year-old dancer. Nikaidoh went on to work with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2005 to 2008. She currently is completing a neuroscience and behavior major at Columbia University. She also choreographs and freelances. Nikaidoh and Wood were colleagues and close friends.

“Dancing for Bruce Wood was an obvious choice for me because of my belief in the extraordinarily high quality of his work. Now it is my honor to begin collaborating with dancers, designers, and producers who share in that belief to revive his invaluable ballets,” says Nikaidoh.

Over the past four years, Wood created two evening-long dance/theater productions and seven new works; revived eight works from his acclaimed repertoire; and created several small dances for community outreach events. Through his repertoire of 80 works, Wood has had a major impact on thousands of dance enthusiasts and dancers. BWDP is grateful for the support of its dedicated patrons and sponsors, including Heritage Auctions (HA.com); TACA—Performing for the Arts; Danny Curry; Read and Steve Gendler; James and Gayle Halperin Foundation; Ellen Kendrick Creative, Inc.; Brian Guilliaux Photography.

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