FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2017
Bruce Wood Dance Project Changes Its Name to Bruce Wood Dance and Signs with KMP Artists for National and International Touring Opportunities
DALLAS, Texas—Now in its seventh year, Bruce Wood Dance Project continues a tradition of excellence and growth established by its late founder, the acclaimed Texan choreographer, Bruce Wood.® The company announces its name change to Bruce Wood Dance (BWD) to reflect its evolution, success, and stability.
Says BWD president Gayle Halperin, “The name change to Bruce Wood Dance reflects our permanence and strength. We are here to produce and preserve the artistic legacy of Bruce Wood® (1960–2014), and cultivate new works by in-house dancemakers and national artists whose work is about the emotional undertones of daily life.”
BWD also announces its contract with KMP Artists. Established in 2004, KMP Artists is one of the foremost international arts agencies representing dance, theater, family, and music programs. In its new relationship with BWD, KMP will represent the company as its agent for touring outside Texas.
KMP’s founder, Kristopher McDowell, states, “We are happy to partner with and represent this outstanding company from Texas for domestic and International touring.”
“We’re excited to partner with KMP to share our invigorating, inspiring repertoire with new audiences. BWD’s future is bright with possibilities, and I’m grateful to Bruce, whose brilliance paved the way for all of them,” says artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh.
BWD is available for performances and residencies that consist of dance classes for all ages from beginners to professionals. Its repertoire comprises 17 Bruce Wood® revivals. Ranging from poignant to hilarious, and from fiercely dramatic to holiday cabaret, these dances showcase the dynamic breadth of Wood’s oeuvre. The company also performs commissions from acclaimed choreographers Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Bryan Arias, and Andy+Dionne Noble. New works by artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh, rehearsal director Joy Bollinger, and artistic associate Albert Drake III round out the company’s exceptional offerings.
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BWD has experienced many significant milestones in its short history: BWD received a 2015–2017 Bloomberg Philanthropies/Arts Innovation Management Grant; and was named to the 2016–2018 Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. The company was awarded the 2016 TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works grant for the creation of Chasing Home, a collaboration between New York composer Joseph Thalken, Albert Drake III, and the Dallas Chamber Symphony to raise awareness of refugees in this region. BWD has been featured on every Top Ten Dance Media List in Dallas since 2011 and was listed as the #1 dance company for three years running by the Dallas Voice in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and 2013 and 2014 Editors Choice in the BEST of BIG D in D Magazine. Resident choreographer Joy Bollinger’s Carved In Stone was named the #1 best work in the 2016 Top Ten Dance Events by critic Mark Lowry of The Star-Telegram. BWD has toured in Texas, Colorado, and New York.
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PHOTO BY SHAREN BRADFORD
Press Release—July 12
PHOTO BY SHAREN BRADFORD
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, BWDP 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.
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