Bruce Wood (right) rehearses dancers in this photo at AMA.
Bruce Wood (right) rehearses dancers in this photo at AMA.

The sudden death of Bruce Wood last spring left a huge hole in the dance world and North Texas’ performing arts landscape. The choreographer, who had studied under the legendary George Balanchine and enjoyed the status of principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, had returned to his native Fort Worth to spend years as the artistic director of his self-named dance company. After his original troupe ran out of investors in 2007, he found new ones in Dallas and moved his base there, branching out into film and theater along the way. The new works he choreographed and premiered in North Texas were acclaimed for their wit and invention.

This week, Arlington Museum of Art honors the man’s legacy with Bruce Wood: A Retrospective. The show is built on photographs and video clips from Wood’s rehearsals and performances, but it also displays such memorabilia as posters, programs, costumes, and props. It will also explore the impact that his work made on the place that he called home. Aside from a donation to his dance company, there isn’t a better way to remember the man than by seeing the fruits of his life’s work at the AMA.



[box_info]Bruce Wood: A Retrospective runs Jan 10-Feb 15 at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W Main St, Arlington. Admission is $5-8. Call 817-275-4600.[/box_info]