June 4+5 I 8:00 PM

June 6 I 2:00 PM

Moody Performance Hall

photo by SHAREN BRADFORD

Unite featured two world premieres and select pieces from the repertory of Bruce Wood.®

Requiem by Bruce Wood®

photo by sharen bradford

Bruce Wood Dance brought original, innovative choreography back to the stage at Moody Performance Hall in Unite on Friday+Saturday, June 4+5 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, June 6 at 2:00 PM. The performances were limited to 207 seats per show with social distancing. Mask wearing at Moody Performance Hall was optional.

UNITE emphasized the power of dance to spark laughter, to inspire awe, to invite empathy, to unite.

Omar Román De Jesús

Sombreristas transported audiences into a dreamworld where the conscious mind and imagination collide. Created exclusively for Bruce Wood Dance by Omar Román De Jesús, artistic director of New York–based Boca Tuya, Sombreristas was set on a cast of one dozen dancers and an equal cohort of lively hats.

 

Joy Bollinger

Of her latest world premiere, Blue, Joy Bollinger said, “Blue is a creation woven from the stories of our company members and their experiences with mental health throughout the pandemic. Ranging from calm to complicated, the piece moves through Beethoven’s Piano Sonata #14 in C Sharp Minor. The work speaks to the unique paths that led us through a year of isolation, contemplation, and restoration.”

 

Bruce Wood®

Bruce Wood’s masterpiece, Requiem, returned for UNITE. This unconventional interpretation of Mozart’s unfinished Requiem mass featured Wood’s signature gestures, dramatic partnering, and some of his most daring lifts. Debuted on January 22, 2003 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Requiem swells with breathtaking images and restrained power. Speaking of the work, Wood has said, “I take the traditional and turn it on its ear. This piece is extremely athletic and very urban—very sharp and angular. It’s completely different than what you’d expect.” Rounding out the bill was the return of Wood’s last completed work, Hide Me Angel. Commissioned by TITAS/Dance Unbound for the Command Performance Gala in 2014, Hide Me Angel is a poignant male duet described as a meditation on life.

Omar Román De Jesús

photo by annette Navarro

Joy Bollinger

photo by brian guilliaux

Bruce Wood®

photo by brian guilliaux

Sombreristas by Omar Román De Jesús

photo by sharen bradford

Sombreristas by Omar Román De Jesús

photo by sharen bradford

Hide Me Angel by Bruce Wood®

photo by sharen bradford

Sombreristas by Omar Román De Jesús

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,

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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