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Bruce Wood Dance Explores Oppression And Resiliency With ‘Forbidden Paths’ 10

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Gayle Halperin, Executive Director of Bruce Wood Dance

This weekend, lovers of dance can get a second look at Bruce Wood Dances‘ powerful and highly acclaimed work ‘Forbidden Paths’ by choreographer Garrett Smith.

Stream ‘Forbidden Paths’ Saturday, May 16 at 4  p.m. – Sunday, May 17 at 10 p.m. and again Saturday, May 23 at 4 p.m. – Sunday, May 24 at 10 p.m on the Bruce Wood Dance website or the group’s Facebook page.

The work, which had its world premiere at Moody Performance Hall last June, explores the legal restrictions placed on dance in countries like Iran. But it’s also about oppression. Gayle Halperin, Executive Director of Bruce Wood Dance says the catalyst of the work was the restrictions on dancing publically in Iran. But it also speaks universally of oppression throughout the decades, particularly oppression during the Holocaust. “It’s also relevant right now. The work articulates the resiliency of the human spirit in confronting our current struggles.”

Dancers Daniel Seth York and Olivia Laine Rehrman Photo: Brian Guilliaux

‘Forbidden Paths’ is set to a score of Persian music, along with selections from Olafur Arnalds, Theatre of Voices, and Kronos Quartet.

Choreographer Garrett Smith, photo: Bruce Wood Dance

Smith is an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer, known not only for his compelling choreography but also for his powerful imagery and inventive partnering. He’s has been commissioned by The Mariinsky Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Bolshoi Ballet (Faces Project), Norwegian National Ballet, Texas Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, among many. Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, went on to perform with Houston Ballet, then to the Norwegian National Ballet, where he worked with choreographers Jirí Kylián, Nacho Duato, and Alexander Ekman.

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