“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

“Wood’s signature was a style that plumbed the depths of the emotion ...”

“sweeping spiritual gravitas and haunting solos ...”

Eve Hill–Agnus, D Magazine, on the depth of Bruce Wood’s choreography.

THE PROGRAM

Collaborating with artistic director Joy Bollinger

and creators are the filmmakers, The Digibees.

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.

Choreographer—Adam McKinney

Composer/Singer–Songwriter—Najeeb Sabour

Life Interrupted

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.

Choreographer—Joy Bollinger

Composer/Pianist—Joseph Thalken

Grace

A Special Thank You

Choreographer—Joy Bollinger

Composer—Ólafur Arnolds

Wonderful World

Replenishes our spirits, revels in the beauty of nature, radiates life.

Choreographer—Kimi Nikaidoh

Composers—Bob Thiele + George David Weiss

Arranger/Pianist/Singer—Jon Batiste + Hollywood Africans

Know Thyself

Founder Bruce Wood created the work in 2010 to inaugurate the Bruce Wood Dance Project.

Composer—Johann Sebastian Bach

Cellist—YoYo Ma

A Lover's Concerto

Messy and achingly wonderful, love is a wild thing.

Choreographer––Jonathan Campbell

Composer––Sandy Linzer + Denny Randell

Vocalists––The Supremes

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • jonathan campbell

    Jonathan Campbell, a Booker T. Washington HSPVA alum, holds a BFA from The Juilliard School. He performed with Sidra Bell Dance New York for five seasons and later served as Bell’s rehearsal director. As a freelance artist, he has worked with Andrea Miller, Gregory Dolbashian, Kate Wallich, and Bruce Wood. From 2011 to 2020, Campbell led  MADBOOTS DANCE alongside Austin Diaz, touring their work nationally and internationally and creating original works for universities and dance companies. The duo was named "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine in 2016.

     

najeeb sabour

joseph thalken

jonathan campbell

A Virtual Dance Experience

DECember 4–7

Beginning at 6:00 PM CST and

streaming for 72 hours on Vimeo

Celebrating the Strength of the Human Spirit

HOPE features world premieres and original music that

offer stories of justice, love, healing, compassion, and joy.

photo by brian guilliaux

$30 per household

Four–Time

Winner

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.

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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