Bruce Wood’s Rhapsody in Blue. Photo by Sharen Bradford.
Ben Needham–Wood rehearses Ghost. Photo by Brian Guilliaux.
Experience the Elegance+Empathy of Grace
We bring our 2022–2023 season to a rousing finale with Grace—Saturday, June 10 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 PM at Moody Performance Hall. Reserved seating. Ticket prices are $25–$55, and $100 VIP available now at TicketDFW.com or by phone at 214–871–5000. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more; $15 student and senior rush tickets will be available at the box office 90 minutes before each show. Curtain chats with the creators and the dancers follow each performance.
Grace features the world premieres of And Heaven and Nature by Artistic Director Joy Bollinger, and GHOST by Emmy Award–winning Choreographer Ben Needham–Wood, plus the return of Bruce Wood’s jubilant Rhapsody in Blue.
Described as “one of the most evocative choreographers on our scene” by D Magazine, Joy Bollinger presents her new work, And Heaven and Nature. Set to the transcendent music of Dustin O’Halloran and Hannah Peel, this piece pays homage to the divine design of our planet.
Bollinger says, “I am drawn in by the space around me. Patterns like fractals shape the land, water, and air. The intricacy of these structures, of heaven and nature, gives me a sense of something greater and turns my gaze to the spiritual.”
Grace also features the world premiere of GHOST by Ben Needham–Wood. Set to music by Ludovico Einaudi, Needham–Wood says, “Our bodies hold onto the past, as if there is a ghost within us—a shadow—pulling our internal strings and shaping how we understand our present.”
Needham–Wood is an Emmy Award–winning choreographer, filmmaker, dance educator, and the artistic director of Boulder Ballet and Redirecting Dance. His work is known for inspiring empathy, and it draws on his research into the positive effects of movement on mental health.
Closing the program is Rhapsody in Blue by Bruce Wood Dance founder and nationally renowned choreographer, Bruce Wood. Wood is recognized for his originality, artistic range, and emotionally engaging dances.
On its premiere at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall in July 1999, Margaret Putnam described Wood’s Rhapsody in Blue as, “lush, jazzy, and infinitely sophisticated.” Set to the exuberant score by George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue is an enduring audience favorite. “The end is pure Hollywood: Silver glitter rains down on the stage, and the dancers leap ecstatically into the misty never–never land of perfect youth and grace.” (Margaret Putnam of The Dallas Morning News).
Photo of Bruce Wood by Brian Guilliaux. Photo of Joy Bollinger by Kent Barker. Photo of Ben Needham–Wood by Maximilian Tortoriello.