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‘Jangala’ merges classical Indian dance with contemporary ballet in

There’s something remarkably charming about the mix of the traditional and the contemporary – as if two completely different cultures and eras were merged into one. “Jangala” by the Oakland Ballet Company is an example. The production is the brainchild of Graham Lustig, Artistic Director of the Oakland Ballet Company, who wanted to bring the […]

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The contemporary ballet company celebrates the female voice of dance

On the eve of International Women’s Day, renowned Canadian company Ballet BC presents an electric trio of performances led by women Sadler’s Well March 07, 2018 On the eve of International Women’s Day, Sadler’s Wells invited BC Ballet, Canada’s premier contemporary ballet company, to present a captivating triple program – one by Emily Molnar (the […]

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Contemporary Ballet Complexions Sets Up in Atlanta

After more than 20 years of nomadic life, the co-founders of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dwight Rhodes and Desmond Richardson put down roots in Atlanta. Rhoden and Richardson founded their multicultural ballet company in 1994, after serving as principal dancers at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. It was in New York, where Complexions was based […]

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INNOVATIVE CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMES TO THE Straz Center For The Performing Arts

One night only, on a world tour with a stop at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, is Complexions Contemporary Dance From Bach to Bowie February 15 at Ferguson Hall. Founded in 1994 by co-collaborators and former members of Alvin AleyDwight Rhoden, master choreographer and legendary dancer Desmond RichardsonComplexions transcends tradition to infuse a […]

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Dance on the 32nd floor with the American Contemporary Ballet | arts and culture

DTLA – The elevator opens to the 32nd floor of The Bloc office tower complex on Seventh Street, revealing what looks like empty and decaying office space. Cracks and pockmarks run along the rough concrete floor; overhead are exposed pipes and worn insulation, resembling a mutated mess of popcorn. [Get DTLA stories in our daily […]

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Contemporary Ballet Adventures with Trevor Paglen, Sci-Fi and More

“Translation”, Ballet Collective, NYU Skirball, October 2017 (photo by Erin Baiano) This week at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, BalletCollective presents a program of short pieces inspired by works of art from outside the world of dance, in particular those of visual artists Carlos Arnaiz (from CAZA Architects), Trevor Paglenand Dafy Hagaiand science […]

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PDX Contemporary Ballet will open its second season with an enigma

On the second day of rehearsals PDX Contemporary BalletIn the company’s new show, two dancers from the company attempt to perform an almost acrobatic feat. Kaileigh O’Neill does a kind of slow, backward cartwheel that requires pivoting in the air, while Sari Hoke slides into a deep slot under the arc of her flip. At […]

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Next week at LA dance, August 6-13: American Contemporary Ballet and more

Drip Technicolor Heidi Duckler Dance Theater performs this new site-specific work as part of Culver City’s Centennial “1988” series. Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City. Sun., 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. www.heididuckler.org. Fate in Italy Fairies from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ dance to music from Rossini’s ‘William Tell’ in this new mash-up from choreographer Lincoln Jones; […]

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Live music highlights Texture Contemporary Ballet’s seventh season | Dance | Pittsburgh

Music takes center stage in the seventh season of Texture Contemporary Ballet, resounding soundJuly 20-23 at the New Hazlett Theater. The three-act program features seven works performed by members of Texture Company and guest dancers from Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Quad Cities Ballet, Butler University and Point Park University. Two major premieres will close the program, […]

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The Archeology of Dance: American Contemporary Ballet dates back to 1890 with revealing findings

High above downtown Los Angeles, in a cavernous room with almost as many mirrors as windows, the dancers of the American Contemporary Ballet and seven valiant musicians used short pieces to explore one of the most depths of human culture: the influence of the past on the gift. Almost all companies that dance 19th century […]

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Texture Contemporary Ballet closes its season with a program of new works | Dance | Pittsburgh

Texture Contemporary Ballet closes its home season with Speed, a program of new ballets by members of the company, from March 17-19 at the New Hazlett Theatre. As usual, the production includes premieres from Artistic Director Alan Obuzor and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Bartman, starting with Bartman’s “When a Fairytale Ends.” Set to music by […]

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Bodiography Contemporary Ballet celebrates its 15th anniversary | Dance | Pittsburgh

Entering its 15th season, Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, like many dance companies, has gone through a number of changes in its lifetime – changes in dancers, repertoire and, to some extent, vision. One constant, however, has been the affable, Energizer Bunny presence of founder/artistic director Maria Caruso. The face, heart and soul of Bodiography, Caruso was […]

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet Dances Tribute to David Bowie

Dwight Rhoden called on more than a dozen dancers to gather online to review some choreography. He would check a handful of points in his ballet before running through it. Each revealed a stylized outline of the movement and an excerpt from a David Bowie song, nine of which form the score for Stardust, a […]

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The Columns » Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates the diversity of dance » Washington and Lee University

By Julie ClineDecember 20, 2016 The Lenfest Center for the Arts at Washington and Lee University presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Influenced by a wide range of distinct dance styles, rhythms and periods, Complexions Contemporary Ballet reflects the rich diversity present in our world, through its exciting range of mixed cultures and dance forms. Complexions comes […]

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Difficult to resist the contemporary ballet “Romeo and Juliet”

By Frankie DiemerUpdated October 30, 2016 4:50 PM CSTPosted Oct 28, 2016 12:44 a.m. CT Launching its 2016-2017 season with the return of “Romeo and Juliet”, the Joffrey Ballet presents the classic tale in a neoclassical ballet in three acts. Shakespeare’s contemporary version is set during the turmoil of the 20th century and is expertly […]

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‘Secret Garden’ aims to make a contemporary ballet classic – Orange County Register

The Festival Ballet Theater will open its 28th season this week with a production that combines dance, multimedia stage projections, an original musical score and a well-known children’s novel from 1911. “The Secret Garden”, choreographed by Josie Walsh, invites the public to see Movement of the 21st century interpreted by dancers who study an art […]

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American Contemporary Ballet company comes to the top – Daily News

Forget an elaborate scene and get ready to watch up close dancers in action as the American Contemporary Ballet performs a new show on the top floor of a downtown Los Angeles skyscraper with majestic views of the city in the background. The Los Angeles-based company, which is known for performing in unusual intimate venues […]

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents a modern take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ | Local

COLUMBIA — Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents a modern adaptation of the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” With an original score and choreography, the show gives Columbia a chance to see the classic tale told through dance. The show features new live music written by composer Tom Andes. Rather than a traditional orchestra, the show relies […]

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Maya Angelou in dance: How Complexions Contemporary Ballet will set poetry in motion

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is known for tackling current social issues through music and movement, and the New York-based company’s next three nights in Los Angeles are no exception, especially a piece inspired by Maya Angelou . The Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series is set to host Complexions when it returns to […]

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The captivating convergence of contemporary ballet and music

How are music and movement linked in contemporary ballet? Music can be composed for dance moves, dance can be created for music, and sometimes they are created independently – coming together on stage. Susan Lewis of WRTI has more. JohnKingMusicinDancerev041116SLLF.mp3 Composer John King chats with WRTI’s Susan Lewis about his new work with choreographer Kevin […]

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Texture Contemporary Ballet brings new voices | Dance | Pittsburgh

For his latest production, reflections, Texture Contemporary Ballet adds a bit more texture. The company, whose programs for five seasons have been dominated by the ballets of artistic director Alan Obuzor and associate artistic director Kelsey Bartman, will include works by three other choreographers, including a performance by guest dancer and quadruple amputee Kiera Brinkley. […]

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Review: Complexions Contemporary Ballet recycles with ‘Chronicle’

Choreographers are often fueled by the last dance they did, so for the watchful viewer, watching how one bleeds into the next can be an exciting way to follow an artist’s career. Dwight Rhoden, who, along with Desmond Richardson, is founding artistic director of Dyed Contemporary Balletsmothered that notion on Tuesday with his two-part “chronicle,” […]

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Review: Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs on Bach and Metallica

Dyed Contemporary Ballet, a company founded in 1994 by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, achieved what for many midsize companies remains impossible: it lasted. But for a troupe named for the multicultural makeup of its dancers, it remains sadly bland. Where diversity also counts – in its choreography – is where this company fails. Regardless […]

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet finds inspiration in Miami

There’s a building on Biscayne Boulevard near downtown Miami that looks like a giant stained glass window. It is home to the National YoungArts Foundation, and the organization, which helps foster the careers of promising young artists, invites artists to enter the space and create. Complexions Contemporary Ballet is the first dance company in residence […]

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Contemporary Ballet Spellbound Brings ‘The Four Seasons’ to Boston

The show begins with the sounds of spring, those of the chirping of birds and the gentle trickling of water. Two dancers appear, walking skeptically down a hallway of light toward the only stage setting, a house-like structure lit by videos of nature. The trees are growing at an accelerated rate, sunlight shining through the […]

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Review: A sparkling blend of Balanchine, Astaire from American Contemporary Ballet

Ballet isn’t often served with champagne truffles, but Los Angeles-based American Contemporary Ballet invited audiences to enjoy confections, both literal and figurative, during weekend performances of “Waltz- Fantaisie” by George Balanchine and cinematographic choreography by Fred Astaire. Part of the Friday-Sunday “Music + Dance: LA” program at the downtown Farmers & Merchants Bank building, “Valse-Fantaisie” […]

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Review: In-your-face Tchaikovsky of American Contemporary Ballet

Melancholy. Fiery. Sensual. Piano Trio in A minor by Tchaikovsky, Op. 50, a monumental work composed in 1882, covers the whole emotional range. Add a balletic element, and it flies away. He is the rare choreographer capable of materializing this haunting and haunting work. Lincoln Jones, artistic director of the American Contemporary Ballet, rose to […]

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Crisis of contemporary ballet: essay by Jennifer Homans

This meant the company was still doing the classics, from baroque dances to Gisele at Balanchine, but Lefèvre has also opened the doors of the Paris Opera to contemporary choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown and William Forsythe; and more recently to Wayne McGregor, Emanuel Gat and Anne-Teresa de Keersmaeker – few of them, […]

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Dyed Contemporary Ballet

Dyed Contemporary BalletThe Joyce Theatre, New York November 17 to 29, 2009 Reviewed by Christopher Atamian by Rhoden Pity. Photo by Lee Talner, courtesy of Complexions. Dwight Rhoden certainly knows how to cheer up a crowd. His entertaining, fast-paced compositions possess remarkable kinetic energy, like pumped-up Broadway numbers danced at lightning speed. If that’s all […]