Founded in 1994 by a pair of former Alvin Ailey dancers and frequent contributors to the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance, New York-based Complexions Contemporary Ballet has wowed critics and audiences alike with their boundary-breaking style of ballet. Now Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden bring their acclaimed company back to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in DTLA with two exciting new works April 20-22, 2018. Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition utilizing a breathtaking mix of styles — from ballet to hip hop. The company is sure to dazzle and delight, dancing to a soundtrack of pop, rock and classical anthems from Bach to Bowie.
Bach 25, which had its world premiere this week in Arcata, is set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and includes transcriptions, improvisations and interpretations on Classic Bach. Choreographed by Rhoden, there will be an opening solo performed by the magnificent Mr. Richardson, who I promise will blow you away – especially given that he's almost 50. The 25-minute work, which opens the program, includes all 16 members who will execute complicated and multifaceted partnering and a dizzying array of entrances and exits.
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.