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Saturday | April 29 | 2023
 

Performance—7:00 PM

Gala Dinner & Dancing—9:00 PM
Moody Performance Hall

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Lar Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck. Photo by Sharen Bradford.

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Bruce Wood®

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Lar Lubovitch

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Joy Bollinger

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Joy Bollinger works with Lar Lubovitch. Photo by Sharen Bradford.

Dancers perform Lar Lubovitch's Elemental Brubeck

Lar Lubovitch’s Elemental Brubeck. Photo by Sharen Bradford.

13th Anniversary Performance & Gala

Saturday, April 29, 2023
 

Performance—7:00 PM

Gala Dinner & Dancing—9:00 PM
Moody Performance Hall

 

Gala Committee
Chairs Margaret & Thomas Chambers
Honorary Chair Jacqueline Porter
Phil Clemmons Sharad Elhence  Susana Franco  Larry Lane 
Lola & Todd Lott  Mary Ann May 
Andrea Perez  Nancy Wallace  Herbert Weichsel

Join us for an elegant anniversary celebration of dance and music featuring three acclaimed works by the legendary choreographer, Lar Lubovitch. The program also showcases special guest pianist, José Antonio Cubela, and the presentation of the 2023 BRUCE Award to passionate patron Carol Crowe. 

“The evening performance pays tribute to the genius of Lar Lubovitch and Bruce Wood’s legacy. Lubovitch had a profound influence on Wood’s creative style,” says artistic director Joy Bollinger. “Together we will celebrate where our founder began and showcase how his legacy continues to go forward.” 

Lubovitch was named one of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures by the Dance Heritage Coalition and a Ford Fellow by United States Artists. He was presented with the Dance/USA Honors Award and the Prix Benois de la Danse at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Lubovitch has received lifetime achievement awards from the American Dance Guild and American Dance Festival. The Juilliard School in New York City awarded Lubovitch an Honorary Doctorate in Dance. 

Your attendance and generous contributions provide vital support for Bruce Wood Dance artists, programming, and community engagement programs. We are grateful beyond words. Stay tuned for more information about the performance and gala sponsorships.

This breathtaking production features:

Concerto Six Twenty–Two (Dallas Premiere)
Choreographed in 1985, this masterpiece has become one of Lubovitch’s most renowned and celebrated works. Set to Mozart’s Concerto in A for Clarinet and Orchestra, the dance enchants with its luscious, playful, and poignant variations. At the heart of the piece is a male duet that has achieved universal acclaim.

 

“When the dance was created, the AIDS epidemic was upon us and one of the emerging themes in this time of crisis was the depth of friendship expressed as friends helped friends to die,” says Lubovitch. “The dance essays . . . its tenderness in the central adagio for two men.”

 

A World Premiere by Lar Lubovitch
Celebrated for their musicality, humanity, and rhapsodic style, Lubovitch works have appeared in the repertoires of major dance companies throughout the world including American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, and many others. 

Elemental Brubeck 
Lubovitch’s irrepressible, exhilarating tribute to 1950s Hollywood musicals blends jitterbug and boogie-woogie with classical American jazz dance. Set to the quintessential jazz of Dave Brubeck, this radiant, virtuosic, and deeply human treasure will have you on your feet. As Lubovitch says, “Elemental Brubeck makes you want to dance.”

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