“Bruce Wood®’s dances prove that thoughtfully crafted art can delight,

revive, challenge, and heal us. In every production and commission, our

dances go beyond compelling movement to stir hearts and minds.”

Kimi Nikaidoh

Bruce Wood’s Iconic Western Dances

10th ANNIVERSARY Gala—February 21 & 22

JANUARY 8+12, 2020 I The Joyce I New York City

Bruce Wood Dance




I’m My Brother’s Keeper

I’m My Brother’s Keeper



Bruce Wood Dance has reached an incredibly important milestone. In January 2020, the company makes its debut on the stage of The Joyce Theater in New York City. Paired with the Limón Dance Company as part of The Joyce’s American Dance Platform, our appearance at this prestigious and profile–raising event greatly increases our opportunities for touring nationally and internationally.

The American Dance Platform is a showcase of the most captivating American companies performing today. Created to celebrate and promote companies from across the nation, this annual event is programmed by a curator appointed by The Joyce. Christy Bolingbroke, founding executive/artistic director at the National Center for Choreography at the University of Akron curated the 2020 platform, with performances by Rennie Harris Puremovement, Urban Bush Women, Limón Dance Company, Bruce Wood Dance, Embodiment Project, Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and ODC/Dance.

Wednesday, January 8 I 7:30 PM

Sunday, January 12 I 2:00 PM


I’m My Brother’s Keeper

I’m My Brother’s Keeper is a groundbreaking work for solo-voice, dance, and spoken word features an all-male cast aged 21 to 70. The piece delves into the emotional undercurrents of relationships between fathers, sons, and brothers. These relationships play out in a series of vignettes addressing themes of vulnerability, courage, frustration, and forgiveness. Wood’s trademark is tactile intimacy. Bruce Wood®’s piece echoes John Steinbeck, who once said that his job was to remind people of their own humanity.

“This dance is as real as I could make it about what it feels like to be a man in relation to other men, whether it is your father, your brother, your grandfather, your friend, or simply yourself.” said Wood.

I’m My Brother’s Keeper premiered June 21+23, 2012 at Montgomery Arts Theater, Dallas. The restaging of this important work is made possible with support by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Choreographer—Bruce Wood® I Costume Designer—John Ahrens

Music—String Quartet No. 2: “Company”—Part 2, String Quartet No. 2: “Company”—Part 4 by Philip Glass, The Smith Quartet, Philip Glass— Complete String Quartets, 2008 Signum Records, Dunvagen—used by permission; Metamorphosis One, Metamorphosis Five, Dead Things by Philip Glass, Alessandra Celletti, Philip Glass—Metamorphosis, 2005 Kha Records, Dunvagen—used by permission; Nature Boy, Ahbez Eden, ASCAP—used by permission; Spoken Word: Song of Myself (excerpt), Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855 public domain; The Two Hands of God: The Myth of Polarity (excerpt), Alan Watts, The Two Hands of God, 1963 George Braziller Publishing; Carry Me Daddy, Duane Michals, The Essential Duane Michals, 1997 Bulfinch Press (Little, Brown & Company).


Yesod (©2016 Katarzyna Skarpetowska)

Yesod premiered November 11+12, 2016 at Moody Performance Hall, Dallas. Created by Katarzyna Skarpetowska for Bruce Wood Dance, Yesod is a high-spirited, dynamic work for 10 dancers. Exploring sheer physicality, joy, and the raw connection of music to dance, Yesod’s driving rhythms thrust the dancers into rapturous passages. “Rough-and-tumble Yesod takes on the boisterous air of a fairground . . . ” wrote Margaret Putnam, Theaterjones.com dance critic. “One long, heady romp as dancers catapulted in different directions, careened and tossed each other in to the air.”

Choreographer—Katarzyna Skarpetowska I Costume Designer—Naomi Luppescu

Music—Meshakh, Meholalot, Regalim, and Yesod by John Zorn; Cracow Klezmer Band—Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass; 2005 Tzadik; HIPS Road-used by permission.


photos 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, 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.

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