20th Anniversary Shows for Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) will celebrates the company's 20th anniversary season with a run at the Joyce Theater from November 18-30.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates the company's 20th anniversary season with a run at the Joyce Theater

With a program consisting of three premieres and a selection of repertory favorites, Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson will salute the company’s inaugural 1994 performance with appearances featuring special guest artists, including Desmond Richardson and American Ballet Theater's Misty Copeland.

Highlights will include a Rhoden choreographed world premiere, set to the music of legendary New Orleans Jazz musician and GRAMMY award winner Terence Blanchard, entitled “Head Space.” Mr. Rhoden and Mr. Blanchard have created a new 30-minute ballet for the stage featuring 12 dancers and select compositions from Mr. Blanchard’s albums.

The 2014 season will also include the New York City premiere of a new work choreographed by American Ballet Theater principal dancer; Marcelo Gomes entitled “Igual.” The work is set to an original score by acclaimed composer Ian Ng and is inspired by love and marriage equality.

Complexions will also offer the world premiere of a new company work, “The Groove” inspired by the House music scene of the 1980’s along with classics like “Hissy Fits” and “Testament” among other company favorites.

On November 20th, Complexions will have a special evening of performances prior to its Gala featuring acclaimed American Ballet Theater soloist, Misty Copeland in Rhoden’s signature duet, “Ave Maria” an excerpt from “Grapes of Wrath” (1995) with Complexions’ Artist-in Residence, Clifford Williams. Desmond Richardson will be performing a solo excerpt from Rhoden’s 2011 ballet “What Come Thereafter” featuring the music of ELEW in addition to other excerpts and premiere works.

For tickets to upcoming performances and the after-show Gala, call 212-777-7771 or visit - www.Joyce.org

For up-to-date schedule for all Complexions Contemporary Ballet programming, visit www.complexionsdance.org

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