Last summer, former New York City Ballet dancer-turned-veteran-choreographer Bruce Wood returned to the dance floor with the Bruce Wood Dance Project, his one-step-at-a-time effort to see if Dallas would support a for-real, top-flight, contemporary dance outfit. Six years ago, he walked away from his Fort Worth-based company when he could no longer pay the dancers.
This time, he said, it’s different. This time, the donors came to him with the money to get something started.
So, a year ago, he made his acclaimed return, performing at the Arts Magnet’s Montgomery Arts Theater with a couple of world premieres and his justly celebrated Bolero. Now, Wood’s taking his second step: a second season.
The season is just three days long (June 21-24) with two different programs. But into these two programs, Wood has packed three world premieres (two by him, one by SMU alum Joshua Peugh) plus a terrific audience fave (a ballet of Lyle Lovett tunes), a touching revival (“Follow Me”– created in honor of the soldiers at Fort Benning, Georgia) and Wood’s 2002 take on Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3.
Tickets went on sale this week.