When the weather gets hot and sticky, schools start to close, and we all mentally check out and start dreaming of beers and beaches and sleeping until noon. But dancers never stop. The beginning of June marks the end of many companies' spring seasons and the start of professional training workshops. Because for the first time in nine months, dancers actually get a chance to work on themselves and their craft, training with people they've been wanting to work with, and formulating new ideas for the fall.
So this month's roundup will include workshops that are available for everyone from professionals to people just wanting to fun in a dance class, while also highlighting performances from new and loved companies. And one very important show that honors Bruce Wood.
June 12-13: Bruce Wood Dance Project presents Touch
The show must go on. This testament has never been truer than in the case of the dancers of the Bruce Wood Dance Project. They have to dig deep, confront their pain and grief, as they mourn the loss of their leader who recently passed away. Wood was more than just their choreographer and director; he was their friend, their mentor, and their surrogate father. He was loved by many, and mourned by all. But this is what he would have wanted: to see his show hit the stage and to see his dancers do what they were born to do, perform.
Touch is probably the show that best illustrates what Wood was always searching for--a way to communicate without words. To transcend the need for an oral narrative and to rather, relate to another person tactilely as the act of touching is an essential means of exploring and interacting in daily life. Every contact is a beginning of a journey. In a work that inspired the title of the show, the dancers' flexibility and emotional range is tested to present a new physicality in communication. Wood also began to revive one of his favorite dances, Home, which is set to one of his favorite pieces of music, Gabriel Faure's "Requiem." This haunting work epitomizes his simplistic style, and gives an intimate look at his ideas regarding beauty and reality that haunted him in life, and will forever remain with us now that he has gifted them to us. Thursday, June 12 and Friday, June 13 at 8 p.m. at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. Tickets $15-$100. 214-428-2263. More »