Be Swept Off Your Feet
Saturday, February 3
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Starring Broadway’s Leading Man
And Legendary Pianist
With Bruce Wood Dance
Inaugural Bruce Awardee
To Benefit Artistic Productions and
Education Outreach in 2018
Welcome I 7:00 PM
Dinner I 7:30 PM
Cabaret I 9:00 PM
3524 Greenville Avenue I Dallas 75206
Complimentary Valet Parking
Tickets on sale until January 24. Seating is limited
to 250 people. Purchase tickets online or by phone
at the Dallas Winds Box Office at 214-428-2263.
PHOTO BY SHAREN BRADFORD
$350 Bronze I Front row, side view. Seats are limited to the first 20 reservations.
FLOOR TABLES (Seating for 10 guests)
Call Dallas Winds Box Office at 214-428-2263 during normal business hours to purchase Sponsor Tables.
$10,000 Platinum Sponsor
$7,500 Gold Sponsor
$5,000 Silver Sponsor
Bruce Wood Dance in 2018
Bruce Wood Dance reached 14,533 people through artistic productions, festivals, collaborations, and master classes in 2017. As we move into 2018—our Year 8—your support will help us continue our education outreach to NEXUS Recovery Center, Resource Center, International Rescue Dallas, Union Gospel Mission, The Family Place, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, E.C. Conrad High School, Raul Quintanilla Middle School; and boost our artistic presence with three events at Moody Performance Hall.
Inaugural bruce Awardee—Donna M. Wilhelm
Donna Wilhelm and Bruce Wood® shared the utmost mutual respect. Wood was in awe of her passion and support of arts and education to enrich the quality of life in our region and across the world. She embraces BWD’s mission to harness the power of dance to entertain, enrich, and heal. Her generosity has invigorated our growth and broadened our artistic range. We are humbled by her generosity and spirit. We are grateful to be among several nonprofits who benefit from her meaningful philanthropy: TACA Performing for the Arts, Dallas Theater Center, KERA, SMU Meadows School of the Arts National Center for Arts Research, and TITAS Presents.
PHOTO BY KIM LEESON
Love, Bruce Guest Artists
Brent Barrett is one of Broadway’s great leading men. He made his Broadway debut as “Tony” in the 1980 revival of West Side Story followed by “Maximilian” in the Broadway revival of Candide, and “Tommy Albright” in Brigadoon. Barrett played “Frank Butler” opposite Reba McEntire in Annie Get Your Gun. He is probably best-known for his role as “Billy Flynn” in the Tony Award winning hit, Chicago—The Musical. He received an Olivier Award nomination for his starring role in the London premiere of Kiss Me, Kate filmed for PBS. Barrett received critical acclaim when he performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall; The Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls in London; Berlin Philharmonic; and the Boston Pops.
Joseph Thalken is an acclaimed composer whose theater and concert works have been performed internationally. He began his relationship with BWD in 2015 as arranger/conductor/pianist for Mistletoe Magic II dinner cabaret and continued for the 2016 reprisal at Moody Performance Hall. He created his first score for dance with BWD choreographer Albert Drake III for Chasing Home. BWD was a recipient of the TACA Donna Wilhelm New Works Fund for Chasing Home, which premiered in June 2017. Thalken’s many credits on Broadway include: composer for Harold and Maude and Was; conductor for Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews and Gypsy with Patti LuPone; and music director/pianist for Bernadette Peters and other stellar vocalists.
PHOTO BY LEVI WALKER
PHOTO BY LAURA MARIE DUNCAN
VIDEO BY CHARLIE UNIFORM TANGO WITH CLIPS FROM THE DIGIBEES
PHOTO BY SHAREN BRADFORD
PRAISE FOR RISE
Featured in The Dallas Morning News
TheaterJones.com I Dallas Voice
VIDEO BY JEVAN CHOWDHURY
MOVING CITIES CAPTURES THE SPIRIT OF DALLAS THROUGH DANCE
The mission of Bruce Wood Dance is to present high-caliber, original, contemporary choreography that
harnesses the power of dance as a tool for entertainment, enrichment, and healing. Fortified by Bruce Wood®’s
aesthetic, BWD produces and maintains his repertoire, commissions new work by resident choreographers and
guest dance-makers, and contributes to the quality of life in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, and across the nation.
Bruce Wood Dance Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. We are grateful for the support of our sponsors.
Bruce Wood is a registered trademark.
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