Contemporary ballet

Complexions Contemporary Ballet presents a tribute ballet to David Bowie in April

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, an “incomparable American dance company” (Philadelphia Inquirer), debuts at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with three performances on April 14, 15 and 16, 2022, at 7:30 p.m., at the Bram Goldsmith Theatre. The New York-based company presents two works by co-founder/co-artistic director Dwight Rhoden, including the West Coast premiere of Snatched Back From the Edges, described by Rhoden as a piece that celebrates the strength and resilience of nature. ‘humanity.

On an eclectic soundscape of Beethoven’s music, Jon Batiste, Shirley CaesarTye Tribett, Jessye NormanLe’Andria Johnson and Black Aloe, it offers a range of solos, partnerships and ensemble work, creating layers of dazzling movement. Additionally, Complexions perform StarDust, a “totally piercing” (Billboard) dance tribute to life and music. david bowie – filled with glam rock-inspired costumes – to some of the pop legend’s iconic hits.

This daring and dramatic extravaganza has thrilled audiences around the world since its debut in 2016. A post-performance discussion with cast members will take place immediately following the opening night performance on April 14.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, renowned for its technical precision, power and passion, blazes new trails in the world of dance with its groundbreaking mix of styles from ballet to hip hop. Led by Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, “hailed as two of the greatest virtuosos to ever emerge from (Alvin) Ailey’s country” (The New York Times), Complexions awakened audiences to an exciting original genre with its singular approach to reimagining dance and ballet. contemporary. With their incredibly gifted dancers and powerful choreography, the company was featured on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance. She has presented her unique vision of human movement to more than 20 countries on five continents as well as to more than 20 million viewers. “Companies like Complexions are changing the game: they are paving the way for what ballet can be instead of what it historically has been” (The Guardian).

Other performances at The Wallis in April include Kelli O’Hara with Seth Rudetsky (April 2); Timo Andres, piano recital (April 7); Suzana Bartal and the Calder Quartet (April 9); and Sunday Funday: Spring groove and Dance Sunday (April 10). The world premiere production of The Excavation of Mary Anning, originally scheduled for February, has moved to The Wallis’ 2022/2023 season.

Dance @ The Wallis is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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