Bruce Wood® (1960–2014)
Kimi Nikaidoh—Artistic Director
Joy Atkins Bollinger—Rehearsal Director
Albert Drake III—Artistic Associate
Featured Dances Rhapsody in Blue—Bruce Wood® (1999) I Liturgy—Bruce Wood® (2005) I Find Me—Kimi Nikaidoh (2015) I My Heart Remembers—Bryan Arias (2015) I Edge of My Life So Far—Bruce Wood® (2010) I Day of Small Things—Bruce Wood® (2013) I The Only Way Through Is Through—Bruce Wood® (1999); revised 2013 I Home—Bruce Wood® (1997); restaged 2014 Requiem—Bruce Wood® (2003); restaged 2014 I Whispers—Albert Drake (2015) I Polyester Dreams—Bruce Wood® (2002); restaged 2015 I My Brother’s Keeper—Bruce Wood® (2013) I White Rabbit—Bruce Wood® (2013) I RED—Bruce Wood® (2001); restaged 2013Being—Bruce Wood® (1998); restaged 2014 I Lovett!—Bruce Wood® (2000); restaged 2013
the critics’ choice
PHOTO BY BRIAN GUILLIAUX
DFW Dance Groups Were En Pointe in 2016
“Bruce Wood Dance Project also had a strong year, with a resolve that the group can strive for national excellence two years after the death of its namesake . . .
[#1] The single best dance in 2016 was BWDP dancer Joy Bollinger’s Carved In Stone, deeply emotional and striking in its stillness. That made it perfect on a bill that also included Andy and Dionne Noble’s quirky and visually memorable Skin and Wood’s delightful Anything Goes, set to Cole Porter songs . . .
[#5] Another mesmerizing BWDP program, with Wood’s haunting No Sea to Sail In, the premiere of artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh’s Bloom, with intriguing video of the dancers floating; and closing with the comic, energetic freshness of Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s Klezmer Rodeo.”
Mark Lowry I Special to the Star-Telegram
December 25, 2016
2016 in Review: Dance
Chief Dance Critic Margaret Putnam offers her Top 10 Dance Events of the Year, Focusing on New Work
“This was a tough year for a dance critic: a raft of great works and only 10 to choose. I could easily stack the deck with about everything TITAS offered, but to be fair to the locals, they merit attention too. Why? So many compelling premieres . . .
(2) Making a stunning debut with Carved in Stone, Joy Atkins Bollinger’s haunting 25-minute piece had nothing to do with rigidity and everything to do with rebirth and discovery . . .
(5) The company took a risk with the collaborative efforts of artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh and video artist Shane Pennington in a soulful Bloom, where sorrow gradually gives way to trust and hope . . . In a much jauntier mood, Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s rough-and-tumble Yesod was one long, heady romp as dancers catapulted in different directions, careened and tossed each other into the air.”
Margaret Putnam I theaterjones.com
December 29, 2016
2016 in Review: Dance, Part 2
Curiously Compelling Choreographers
“. . . The first is Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Joy Atkins Bollinger and her choreographic debut Carved in Stone . . . the dance delivered beautifully picturesque moments, yet transitioned between them with grace and etherealness. The best part came when the cast almost doubled in size to close out the work, proving power and elegance can be achieved simply in numbers.”
Cheryl Callon I theaterjones.com I December 29, 2016
2016 in Dance: How Did Local Troupes Fare Against the National Acts?
“. . . The biggest surprise of the local dance year was Joy Atkins Bollinger’s Carved In Stone, a moving lyrical work . . . The longtime Wood company member is a highly expressive performer, but nothing could have prepared us for the power of her major choreographic debut.”
Manuel Mendoza I Special Contributor I dallasnews.com
December 27, 2016
The Year in Dance
“Stepping into the breach after Bruce Wood’s death last year, company member Albert Drake offered a quiet and mysterious Whispers, full of curious images and a complicated mix of music.
“The new works––Bryan Arias’ My Heart Remembers and Kimi Nikaidoh’s Find Me––explore the complicated relationships between the sexes.”
Margaret Putnam I TheaterJones
December 28, 2015
BEST OF 2015: Dallas Dance Companies Stepped Up
#4 5YEARS NOVEMBER
#8 5YEARS JUNE
Mark Lowry I Fort Worth Star-Telegram
December 22, 2015
Top Five Dance Events of 2015
THE YEAR IN REVIEW I DANCE
Acclaimed by The Dallas Morning News as the #2 dance event for 2015 by critic Manuel Mendoza in his Top Five Dance Events
“masterful oeuvre” (Bruce Wood repertoire)
“his talent is infectious” (Referring to Wood’s impact on his former dancers)
Manuel Mendoza I The Dallas Morning News I Arts + Life
December 16, 2015
A Season Six Celebration: A Visit with Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Kimi Nikaidoh
“I always knew Bruce’s work was special, but after living in
New York for more than 10 years, touring nationally and
internationally, and seeing a lot of dance, I know it is special.
I want to share that work and the new dances
BWDP commissions with as wide an audience as possible,”
Nancy Wozny I Arts + Culture Texas
Bruce Wood® Dancers Wednesday on
“This Wednesday’s episode includes a four-minute dance that includes two dancers from the Bruce Wood Dance Project, including its artistic director, Kimi Nikaidoh.”
Arnold Wayne Jones I Dallas Voice
The mission of Bruce Wood Dance Project 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.