Bruce Wood Dance

June 10, 2022 @ 8PM / June 11, 2022 @ 8PM / June 12, 2022 @ 2PM

Moody Performance Hall



Bruce Wood Dance presents

Experience the Exuberance of SPRING—a June Performance by Bruce Wood Dance Featuring Dallas and World Premieres



Experience the exuberance of SPRING––a mixed bill featuring the Dallas Premiere of The Rite of Spring by late founder Bruce Wood®, the World Premiere of When the Sky Fell Purple by award-winning, Chicago-based artist Stephanie Martinez, and the World Premiere of Slip Zone Suite by Bruce Wood Dance’s artistic director Joy Bollinger.

SPRING brings our 12th season to a rousing finale. Feel the raw power. Celebrate the beauty of life. Delight in the visual imagery. Each work offers deep visceral appeal and dramatic intensity.

You will be transfixed by the physicality of The Rite of Spring, created by late founder and nationally acclaimed Texas choreographer Bruce Wood. Wood’s original interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s iconic score debuted in 2002 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. At the time, Wood said, “The music is harsh, bombastic, brilliant, cruel, devastating, and at times redemptive and compassionate. There is intrinsic power and commentary in the score that I find extremely relevant in today’s culture.” Now 20 years later, this potent work is hauntingly relevant.

When the Sky Fell Purple, by award-winning, Chicago-based guest artist Stephanie Martinez, is a fascinating work and a tribute to her mother, who passed away last summer. Lindsay King of Arts and Culture Texas says “the story flickers between moments of joy and episodes of melancholy, and triumphs in celebrating her mother’s profound and joyous life.” Dance Magazine described Martinez (Top 25 to Watch in 2022) as a “shining example of resilience, adaptability, and artistry.”

Culminating the show is Slip Zone Suite by artistic director and celebrated resident choreographer, Joy Bollinger. Commissioned by the Dallas Museum of Art, the multimedia production parallels DMA’s current abstract expressionist exhibit––Slip Zone: A New Look at Postwar Abstraction in the Americas and East Asia. Bollinger interprets the vivid swirls of color, the bursts of shape, and the serenity of monochromatic art, digging deeper to express the vulnerable side of the human spirit. D Magazine singled out Bollinger as one of “78 Women Changing the Face of Dallas” in 2021, and referred to her choreography as bringing out “a mesmerizing emotiveness.” Q&A follows show.

Masks are optional. This is subject to change in accordance with the health policies set by Dallas County and the CDC.