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sively to the dance field and particularly to the culture of Texas.His dances are powerful, rich in poetic imagery, emotionally stimulating, and visually stunning.


Like somany longtimeBruce fans, I have been transformed and enriched by his choreography.His goal is “to shift consciousness.” It sounds so esoteric yet it’s so true.His unique aesthetic expands per- ceptions, opening newdoors of awareness or adding on insights. I’ve left his concerts feeling amazed and just plain speechless in awe with goose bumps running downmy spine.


Who exactly is this prolific and inventive artist? Penetrating blue eyes, thick-skinned from15 years as a professional dancer dancing with the best choreographers in theworld, a veteran of 12world tours, and 10 years as artistic director and sole artistic voice of the BruceWoodDanceCompany till 2007; he’s not your average chore- ographer.Hilariously dry andwitty,Bruce is daring, passionate,


BruceWoodDance Company in “PolyesterDreams.” Photo: SharenBradford


strongly opinionated, and constantly pushing himself and his own creativity.He sees theworld differently.Enriched by an extraordi- nary breath of experience, of countless trials and tribulations, his worldviewhas seeped into his dancemaking.


Years agoMargaret Putnamdescribed himfor aDallasMorningNews article as “an original” and “one of the best contemporary choreog- raphers in the country.”


According to theman himself, he says: “My aesthetic is different because I’mfromhere. The thing about Texas I love is the fact that it’s big, it’s flat and the sky is high up. I love being on a fieldwhere you can see 20miles in all directions on a hot, hot day. It affects howyou think. Thewind ismy favorite thing. Itmakes you a little fearless.”


Bruce nowembarks on the latest stage of his evolving career as sole choreographer and director of theBruceWoodDance Project (BWDP).Hewill unveil twoworld premieres and present favorites fromhis oeuvre including the nationally acclaimed, Bolero.


Reviewing the premiere of Bolero inMarch 2001 for TheDallas MorningNews,Margaret Putnamcommented: “Never afraid to take risks,Mr.Wood threwcaution to thewindwith Bolero, awork that begs for trouble. Somehowhe got it right—- the intensity that builds, the sexual overtones, the frenzy.”


KimiNikaidoh and Lee Scoggins ofBruceWoodDance Company in “Cowboy Songs.” Photo: SharenBradford


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Brucewill debut two newworks for his pickup company of sea- soned professionals, some ofwhomdancedwith himover the years, and young outstanding pre-professionals. TheBWDP pro- vides a unique educational opportunity for pre-professionals to be mentored by one of the best in the dance field, have originalwork created on them, and learn about the intricacies and responsibilities of professional life.


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“Making history is as natural as breathing forWood… elegant…suave but unpretentious choreography… breathtaking emotion.” —Wayne LeeGay, FortWorth Star-Telegram


hen I think about contemporary dance in Texas, there is one choreographerwho comes to the forefront and that’sBruceWood.Anationally acclaimed choreogra- pher ofmore than 60works, he has contributed exten-


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