Collaborating with artistic director Joy Bollinger
and creators are the filmmakers, The Digibees.
adam W. McKinney
Promise Me You’ll Sing My Song
An homage to the life and legacy of Mr. Reuben Johnson, an innocent Black man, who was lynched on December 27, 1874 in Mountain Creek, Texas.
Life Interrupted was commissioned by Sally and Mark Dietz and inspired by their firsthand experiences with COVID–19. The piece eloquently depicts their struggles and their journey to recovery.
Dance of Gratitude
A Special Thank You
Replenishes our spirits, revels in the beauty of nature, radiates life.
Composers—Bob Thiele + George David Weiss
Arranger/Pianist/Singer—Jon Batiste & Hollywood Africans
Founder Bruce Wood created the work in 2010 to inaugurate the Bruce Wood Dance Project.
Composer—Johann Sebastian Bach
Excerpt from Wood’s wildly successful
ode to the seventies.
A Virtual Dance Experience
Vimeo streaming for 78 Hours
$30 per household
Celebrating the Strength of the Human Spirit
HOPE features world premieres and original music that
offer stories of justice, love, healing, compassion, and joy.
the digibees bio
The Digibees are a full–service production team. As the mastermind and backbone of several award–winning music videos and independent films, The Digibees was created by husband–and–wife duo Pockett Brown and Jirard in 2001. While they are powerful creatives separately, Jirard is the visionary director, director of photography, documentarian, and graphic/visual artist while Pockett Brown is the intuitive musician, director, and music supervisor. Together they both share in the creativity as editors. The Digibees are proud to work with the Bruce Wood Dance creative team, and have captured the beauty of the company’s productions since 2012.
Joy bollinger bio
Joy Bollinger brings much expertise to her role as artistic director. Bollinger has been affiliated with Bruce Wood Dance in varying capacities for more than 16 years. From 2014 to 2018, Bollinger served as rehearsal director and répétiteur under the direction of artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh. Bollinger was in charge of restaging works from Wood’s renowned repertoire. As a veteran dancer of the Fort Worth–based Bruce Wood Dance Company from 2002 to 2007, and a founding member of BWD in 2010, Bollinger has performed in more than 50 of Wood’s works.
She is also a distinguished choreographer and has created two critically acclaimed works for BWD: Carved In Stone, which premiered in June 2016, and Hillside in November 2017. Both works received rave reviews and were on the annual Top Ten Lists for the Dallas–Fort Worth region. Carved In Stone was called the “single best dance in 2016 . . . deeply emotional and striking in its stillness” by Mark Lowry of The Fort Worth Star–Telegram and “a dance for the ages” by Margaret Putnam of TheaterJones.com. “Hillside goes for broke, swirling with the same kind of physical and emotional power that marked her stunning debut as a professional dance maker,” acclaimed Manny Mendoza of The Dallas Morning News. Bollinger has been commissioned by Texas Christian University for the 2017 TCU Spring Dance Concert and recently by Dallas Black Dance Theatre for the 2018 Director’s Choice production at the Wyly Theatre.
Bollinger is from Aledo, Texas. She began her dance training at Fort Worth School of Ballet under the direction of Victoria Fedine and Paul Mejia. Bollinger graduated from Texas Christian University with a BFA in ballet. She was a guest artist from 2002 to 2007 with Irving Ballet, Metropolitan Classical Ballet, Madison Ballet, and Ballet Concerto.
Bollinger co–directed the Arlington Heights High School Dance Department from 2007 to 2013. She has also taught and choreographed for Dian West Dance Studio, Ballet Center of Fort Worth, The Epicenter for the Arts, and Trinity Christian Academy.
Adam W. McKinney Bio
Adam W. McKinney is a former member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet Company. He has led dance work with diverse populations across the U.S. and in Benin, Canada, England, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Palestine, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and South Africa. He served as a U.S. Embassy Culture Connect Envoy to South Africa through the U.S. State Department. Other awards of note include a Mid–America Arts Alliance Interchange grant for Fort Worth Lynching Tour; an augmented reality bike tour and dance performance around Fort Worth to remember a history of lynching; the NYU President’s Service Award for dance work with populations who struggle with heroin addiction; grants from the U.S. Embassy in Budapest and The Trust for Mutual Understanding to work with Roma youth in Hungary; a Jerome Foundation grant for Emerging Choreographers; and a U.S. Embassy in Accra grant to lead a video/oral history project with a Jewish community in Sefwi Wiawso, Ghana. He was a School of American Ballet’s National Visiting Teaching Fellow, which gave him an opportunity to engage in important conversations around diversity and inclusion in classical ballet. Named one of the most influential African Americans in Milwaukee by St. Vincent DePaul, McKinney is the Co–Director of DNAWORKS (dnaworks.org), an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. He serves as President for Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice, a Fort Worth–based social justice organization. He holds a BFA in Dance Performance with high honors from Butler University and an MA in Dance Studies with concentrations in Race and Trauma theories from NYU–Gallatin. McKinney is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University.
najeeb sabour bio
Najeeb Sabour is a New Orleans–born and Texas–raised composer, cellist, and singer–songwriter, having studied classical music at The Boston Conservatory and contemporary music at the Berklee School of Music. Sabour takes his diverse community and cultural experiences into his eclectic style of composing and performing as he draws the listeners through a journey of storytelling. @najeebsabour
Kimi Nikaidoh bio
Kimi Nikaidoh, a Dallas native, received her training from Canada’s National Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and Tanju and Patricia Tuzer. She spent the first five years of her performing career as a member of the Fort Worth-based Bruce Wood Dance Company. Nikaidoh joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2005, touring nationally and internationally with the company through 2008.
While earning a degree in neuroscience and behavior from Columbia University, Nikaidoh freelanced as a performer, stager, and choreographer in New York City. She restaged works for Bruce Wood,® Dwight Rhoden, and Emery LeCrone at Charlotte Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Point Park University, and Columbia University. Her choreographic works have been performed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet (The Joyce Theater); Bruce Wood Dance (Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Performance Series, St. Marks Church, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Moody Performance Hall); Avant Chamber Ballet (MPH); Columbia Ballet Collaborative (Miller Theater); and Firebone Theater (Kirk Theatre).
Following Wood’s untimely passing in 2014, Nikaidoh returned to Dallas to serve Bruce Wood Dance as artistic director. She expanded the company’s repertoire with new commissions while working to increase national exposure of Bruce Wood®’s legacy. She conducted the company’s first formal outreach program, initiated its popular CRAFT series, and facilitated numerous artistic collaborations with artists across the state and country. In August 2018, she moved to Los Angeles to join her husband. She continues to support Bruce Wood Dance as artistic advisor.
PHOTO BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
joseph thalken bio
Joseph Thalken, acclaimed long–time New York composer returns to Dallas. Thalken’s theater and concert works have been performed nationally and internationally. He has composed the scores for the Broadway stage musicals Harold & Maude, Was, And The Curtain Rises, and Borrowed Dust. He also has conducted on Broadway for Victor/Victoria with Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, and Gypsy with Patti LuPone. As a pianist and music director, he has worked with Bernadette Peters, Kristin Chenoweth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, among many others. Joseph created the score for Bruce Wood Dance’s production of Chasing Home with choreography by Albert Drake III that was made possible in part by the TACA Donna Wilhelm New Works Fund. He has been the music director for the company’s gala fundraisers, Mistletoe Magic and Love, Bruce.
photo by brian guilliaux
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,
Bruce Wood Dance 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.
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