THEATER | DANCE | CLASSICAL MUSIC | OPERA | COMEDY

NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS NEWS

REVIEWS

Bruce Wood\'s <em>Requiem</em>

Review: 5 Years | Bruce Wood Dance Project | Dallas City Performance Hall


Life and Dance

Bruce Wood Dance Project forges on into the future with 5 Years, a celebration of Wood's work and an introduction to dancer Albert Drake as choreographer.



published Sunday, June 28, 2015

Photo: Sharen Bradford/The Dancing Image
Requiem

Dallas — You need not fear: Bruce Wood is gone, but his company Bruce Wood Dance Project lives on. The dancers look better than ever and to keep the momentum going, June 19’s program at Dallas City Performance Hall, called 5 Years in celebration of the companies five years in Dallas, featured a new work by company member Albert Drake.

Quiet and mysterious, Drake’s Whispers opens on a dim stage where yards of magenta fabric hang from above and tail off to enclose four women. Their faces and heads are obscured in mesh, their bodies almost still except for a tilt of the head or a slump. They suggest something between ghosts, mannequins and puppets. The scrim disappears and the faces are unmasked, and behind the women, men peek out, curious.

Photo: Sharen Bradford/The Dancing Image
Albert Drake's Whispers

Solos, duets and ensemble sections follow, some romantic, some agitated, all full of longing. The music is a mix of works by J. Cole, Peter Broderick, Steve Reich and Max Richter. Much of the movement suggests Wood’s taste for easy lifts, soft arms and fluid dispersals in direction. Despite the dramatic touches offered by Tony Tucci’s lighting and John Ahrens’ sets and costumes, the ballet seemed a bit incoherent. Each section was bathed in mystery, and yet as a whole, did not fit together. Still, Whispers is a brave beginning from a very talented dancer.

The program also included Wood’s glorious Requiem (2003) and his giddy Polyester Dreams (2002). Requiem features dancers clad identically in black caps and pants, split so to create panels black on the outside and silver on the inside. To Mozart’s haunting Requiem Mass in D Minor eight dancers sit on a long, low bench far to stage left. In perfect synchrony, they lift arms, bend over, change places and again and again, curve arms over in windmill formation. Eventually, they leave their bench to fly through space, their split panels flapping in the air. They move like noble eagles swooping and catching each other in easy scoops, only to regroup in narrow formations. At the end, they return to the bench, their troubled spirits now calmed.

At the other end of the spectrum in seriousness was Polyester Dreams, a romp in the glory days of disco and psychedelic polyester. Against a backdrop of shimmering discs and wearing dress that is a riot of color, dancers shimmy and shake, leap and swirl. They do this with the unleashed energy of the young.

Every once in a while to put the giddy era in perspective, we hear the crackling voice of President Nixon (“I will not resign”) and the screams of Kent State students. Mostly, however, life is nothing but fun as attested by James Brown’s “I Feel Good,” the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” and Holly Cole’s “I Can See Clearly Now.”

Polyester Dreams is perfect for the title: this dance makes you yearn for the ’70s.

 

» Margaret Putnam has been writing about dance since 1980, with works published by D Magazine, The Dallas Observer, The Dallas Times Herald, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, Playbill, Stagebill, Pointe Magazine and Dance Magazine.

» Photos by Sharen Bradford of The Dancing Image. To see more images, click the slideshow icon in the floating menu at the bottom left of your screen. Thanks For Reading





Dates, Prices, & Other Details

View the Article Slideshow

Comment on this Article

Share this article on Social Media
Click or Swipe to close
Life and Dance
Bruce Wood Dance Project forges on into the future with 5 Years, a celebration of Wood's work and an introduction to dancer Albert Drake as choreographer.
by Margaret Putnam

Share this article on Facebook
Tweet this article
Share this article on Google+
Share this article via email
Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre Watertower Theatre Breadcrumbs Bocelli American Airlines center Collin Theatre Center John Corigliano at TCU Constellations Theatre Arlington Islamic Art Dallas Opera The Drama Club Cara Mia Lakecities Ballet Theatre
Click or Swipe to close
reviews
views on theater, dance, classical music, opera and comedy performances
news & notes
reports from the local performing arts scene
features & interviews
who and what are moving and shaking in the performing arts scene
season announcements
keep up with the arts groups' upcoming seasons
audiocasts
listen to interviews with people in the local performing arts scene
media reviews
reviews and stories on performing arts-related film, TV, recordings and books
arts organizations
learn more about the local producing and presenting arts groups
performance venues
learn more about the theaters and spaces where the arts happen
contests
keep up with fabulous ticket giveaways and other promotions
crowdfunding
connect to local arts crowdfunding campaigns
studio
post or view auditions and performing arts-related classes, services, jobs and more
about us
info on TheaterJones, our staff, what we do and how to contact us
Click or Swipe to close
First Name:
Last Name:
Date of Birth:
ZIP Code:
Your Email Address:
Click or Swipe to close
Join TheaterJones Around the Web



Follow Us on Twitter

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel

Click or Swipe to close
Search the TheaterJones Archives
Use any or all of the options below to search through all of reviews, interviews, features and special sections. If you are looking for a an event, use the calendar section of this website. This search will not search through the calendar.
Article Title Search:


Description Search:
TheaterJones Contributor:


TheaterJones Section:


Category:
Showing on or after:      Showing on or before:  
Search
Click or Swipe to close
We welcome your comments

I am discussing:  



Your Name:
Your Email Adress:


please enter the text below and then click or tap SUBMIT :
Submit