DFW Dance Groups Were En Pointe in 2016
“Bruce Wood Dance Project also had a strong year, with a resolve that the group can strive for national excellence two years after the death of its namesake . . .
[#1] The single best dance in 2016 was BWDP dancer Joy Bollinger’s Carved In Stone, deeply emotional and striking in its stillness. That made it perfect on a bill that also included Andy and Dionne Noble’s quirky and visually memorable Skin and Wood’s delightful Anything Goes, set to Cole Porter songs . . .
[#5] Another mesmerizing BWDP program, with Wood’s haunting No Sea to Sail In, the premiere of artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh’s Bloom, with intriguing video of the dancers floating; and closing with the comic, energetic freshness of Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Klezmer Rodeo.”
Mark Lowry I Special to the Star-Telegram
December 25, 2016
2016 in Review: Dance
Chief Dance Critic Margaret Putnam offers her Top 10 Dance Events of the Year, Focusing on New Work.
“This was a tough year for a dance critic: a raft of great works and only 10 to choose. I could easily stack the deck with about everything TITAS offered, but to be fair to the locals, they merit attention too. Why? So many compelling premieres . . .
2016 in Review: Dance (continued)
(2) Making a stunning debut with Carved in Stone, Joy Atkins Bollinger’s haunting 25-minute piece had nothing to do with rigidity and everything to do with rebirth and discovery . . .
(5) The company took a risk with the collaborative efforts of artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh and video artist Shane Pennington in a soulful Bloom, where sorrow gradually gives way to trust and hope . . . In a much jauntier mood, Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s rough-and-tumble Klezmer Rodeo was one long, heady romp as dancers catapulted in different directions, careened and tossed each other into the air.”
Margaret Putnam I theaterjones.com
December 29, 2016
2016 in Review: Dance, Part 2
Curiously Compelling Choreographers
“. . . The first is Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Joy Atkins Bollinger and her choreographic debut Carved in Stone . . . the dance delivered beautifully picturesque moments, yet transitioned between them with grace and etherealness. The best part came when the cast almost doubled in size to close out the work, proving power and elegance can be achieved simply in numbers.”
Cheryl Callon I theaterjones.com
December 29, 2016
2016 in Dance: How Did Local Troupes Fare Against the National Acts?
“Bruce Wood Dance Project, June 17, Dallas City Performance Hall—The biggest surprise of the local dance year was Joy Atkins Bollinger’s Carved In Stone, a moving lyrical work in which the dancers stayed physically connected as their horizontally elongated bodies repeatedly swept across the stage. The longtime Wood company member is a highly expressive performer, but nothing could have prepared us for the power of her major choreographic debut. This fall, the city's best troupe also brought a sense of mystery to Wood's Hitchcockian No Sea to Sail In.”
Manuel Mendoza I Special Contributor I dallasnews.com December 27, 2016
Carved in Stone. Photo by Sharen Bradford.
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VIDEO BY JEVAN CHOWDHURY
VisitDallas partnered with visionary British director Jevan Chowdhury to produce Moving Dallas, an acclaimed short film that celebrates the marriage of dance and transportation in Dallas. Capturing international performers in real settings, Moving Cities features cities through the medium of film and dance and the concept of shared space between city life, art, and locomotion.
In 2016, Chowdhury selected Dallas as the latest Moving Cities project to showcase the city’s vibrant growth, amazing architecture, and rich cultural landscape of working artists. Dallas is the first American city to be featured, joining cities such as London, Prague, Athens, Brussels, and Paris in the Moving Cities movement.
“There’s no better time to explore the cultural heart of America,” Chowdhury said. “Dallas, a mythical city rich in American legend, has accelerated full speed into this century. Big cars, trucks, and skylines—it truly is a stage for amazing dance talent.”
Moving Dallas premiered at the VisitDallas Annual Meeting on December 1, 2016 and will be shown at art and film festivals around the globe, where these stunning films have been celebrated and awarded, including at the Aurora public art event in Dallas.
“We’re honored that Moving Cities chose Dallas as their first film project in America,” said Phillip Jones, President and CEO of VisitDallas. “It makes perfect sense. We have the largest contiguous arts district in the United States and a rich diversity of people, dance styles, and cultures. It’s a modern and moving demonstration of Dallas’ performing arts scene.”
Using Chowdhury’s trademark kinetic cinematography, Moving Dallas marries classical ballet, line dancing, contemporary dance—and even cheerleading—with the iconic Dallas cityscape, hidden streets, freeways, and Fair Park, all showing the vibrant, exciting energy that is Dallas.
The almost eight-minute film features Bruce Wood Dance Project, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dance Council of North Texas, TITAS, and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, among others.
“The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are thrilled to have been chosen to represent Dallas in Moving Cities,” said Shelly Bramhall, Associate Choreographer. “We love that the iconic uniform was taken out of the stadium and into the cityscape of downtown Dallas, showcasing the art and movement of dance. Being one of several established performance groups on this project is truly an honor.”
The project was sponsored by VisitDallas and executed by a steering committee that was instrumental in bringing the film to fruition.
“Moving Cities celebrates our city like never before,” said Charles Santos, Executive Director of TITAS and steering committee member. “Our skyline, ever evolving with cranes and buildings, big personalities and big ideas—this film pays homage to the diversity and excitement of growing Dallas.”
Shot during three grueling weeks in the blazing heat of Dallas’ September weather, the film features 17 locations and 56 dancers from 10 dance companies and organizations.
“When people think of Dallas they tend to think of us in only one way, and we wanted to show off the breadth of Dallas dance, from folklorico to classical Indian to hip-hop,” said Gayle Halperin, steering committee member and President of the Bruce Wood Dance Project.
Chowdhury founded Moving Cities in 2014. It stems from his love of dance and fascination with the standardization and mechanization of cities. The project has transformed from a cultural European initiative to an award-winning global inventory with productions in Nairobi and Barcelona planned for 2017.
Cities are mesmerizing. Moving Cities celebrates this.
“This film shows our city in a completely different light—expression, energy, progress, change, diversity. I’ve never seen a city through dancers’ motion, and it just graced everything so beautifully.”
PHOTO BY JEVAN CHOWDHURY
MOVING CITIES CAPTURES THE SPIRIT OF DALLAS THROUGH DANCE