Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) celebrates the kick off of the company’s 21st season with the roll out of the first phase of the BEYOND 20 campaign, a strategic long term plan for the company’s growth on a national scale. As part of this plan, Complexions has announced its expansion outside of its home in New York City with the opening of a new office in Atlanta to bring its unique form of multicultural inspired dance to broader audiences nationwide. As part of its 2015/2016 season, Complexions will perform in Philadelphia’s Prince Theater at the Prince series from October 14-18.
On a program consisting of three premieres, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. For its inaugural season in Atlanta, the company will premiere STRUM, a world premiere set to the famous songs of Metallica; AND SO IT IS… a work about unrequited love set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, and Partita #2 – Chaconne; and CRYIN’ TO CRY OUT an excerpt inspired by the legendary voice and lyrics of famed Jazz singer Jimmy Scott. In addition to these new works the company will also include various pieces from the company’s 20-year history.
“Desmond Richardson and I are excited to be bringing Complexions back to Philadelphia. We are looking forward to offering an exciting and diverse program in this new venue – the Prince. Philadelphia has always been a warm and inviting audience for Complexions and what we love about Philadelphia is that there is always an amazing energy in the theater. People seem to be always engaged, ready to love dance. It will be extra special to be in residence for a week. This will give us time to connect to the community and our fan base.” said Dwight Rhoden, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
Performances will take place:
Wednesday, October 14th 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 15th 7:30 PM
Friday, October 16th 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 17th 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 18th 3:00 PM
For additional information and tickets visit http://www.complexionsdance.org.
About Complexions Contemporary Ballet
It is artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance. Founded in 1994, Complexions’ groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past 20 years. The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole. Together, Rhoden and Richardson have created in Complexions an institution that embodies its historical moment, a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future. In the 21 years since its inception, the company has bore witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable, and more culturally interconnected than ever before—in other words, a world that is becoming more and more like Complexions itself.
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