'Bloom' is a remarkable contemporary dance performance brought to life by Bruce Wood Dance. Choreographed with profound artistry by Kim Nikaidoh, and elevated by the visionary set design of Shane Pennington, this production takes audiences on an emotional journey of healing and renewal.
Kim Nikaidoh's choreography delves into the depths of human emotion, drawing inspiration from her own personal struggles during challenging times. Through powerful solos, evocative duets, and mesmerizing trios, "Bloom" tells the story of broken souls finding solace in each other's embrace, ultimately restoring hope.
Shane Pennington's set design is nothing short of extraordinary. The stage is framed by angled walls that invite the audience into an intimate connection with the performance. Against a haunting city skyline backdrop, dancers seem to glide within high-rise windows, creating a dreamlike ambiance that captivates the senses. Pennington achieved this surreal effect by meticulously filming the dancers against a green screen in slow motion and collaborating with the talented Dennis Kang in post-production to seamlessly blend in layers of clouds.
The cityscape itself is a tapestry woven from images of various cities around the world, giving 'Bloom' a universal and timeless quality. In a stunning metamorphosis, the backdrop transitions to a luminous white, symbolizing a journey of transformation and new beginnings. The once-angular walls now transform into a guiding portal, visually leading the performers and the audience toward a path of recovery and healing.
Premiere: November 2016 at Moody Performance Hall Choreography: Kimi Nikaidoh Creative Visuals + Set Design: Shane Pennington Lighting Design: Amanda West Costume Design: Naomi Luppescu Video Mapping Specialist: Brian Alexander Visual Effects Editor: Dennis Kang Music: Deaf Center, Goldmund, Per Störby Jutbring Photography: Sharen Bradford
'Bloom' is a testament to the power of art to inspire and uplift the human spirit, reminding us of the enduring beauty that can emerge from brokenness.