Dwight Rhoden grew up listening to David Bowie, even imitating him, standing in front of mirrors with a hairbrush in the 1970s. He remained a huge fan throughout his own journey of co-creating Complexions Contemporary Ballet, a touring troupe of stellar, crowd-pleasing dancers now 25 years old.
Pretty much coincidentally, says Rhoden, he was building a new dance with Bowie’s music before his idol’s death in January 2016. “I don’t pretend to be an icon, but I like the idea of moving with the genres, styles and textures,” explains the choreographer. “He was truly a chameleon, with a new character almost every time he released new music. And the music is so alive.