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Complexions Contemporary Ballet Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

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A press release:

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

With Commemorative Gala And Special Performance At The Allen Room

Blaine Trump, Robert Verdi, Ana Ortiz & Daniel Vosovic To Attend

New York City / October 15, 2009—COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET is perhaps the most creative and compelling multicultural dance company in the arts landscape today, and this fall the organization is proud to celebrate its 15th Anniversary Season—entitled LOVE, SWEAT & TEARS. The company will commemorate the occasion with a star-studded Anniversary Gala on Friday, October 16th at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson & Alana De La Garza of NBC’s Law & Order and featuring special performances by the Complexions Company, Maria Kowroski of the New York City Ballet, Lynda Carter and others. In honor of their years of relentless innovation in the field of Modern American Dance, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater artistic director and dance icon Judith Jamison will use the occasion to present an honorary award to Complexions co-founders Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson. Since its inception by the two visionaries in 1994, COMPLEXIONS has been acclaimed within the dance world for edgy and complex performances that are emotionally resonant, energetic, and showcase the exceptional technique of dancers clearly at the top of their game.


WHO: Judith Jamison, Susan Jaffe, Lynda Carter, S. Epatha Merkerson & Alana De La Garza of NBC’s Law & Order, Blaine Trump, Robert Verdi, Daniel Vosovic and Ugly Betty’s Ana Ortiz

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2009 at 7:00PM

WHAT: Complexions 15th Anniversary Gala

WHERE: The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Broadway at 60th Street, New York City

WHY: To Celebrate 15 Years of Reinventing Dance

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Please contact Kim Hellams at (917) 286-2970 or khellams@complexionsdance.org


It is artistic directors Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic & aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexion Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance. Founded by the two former Alvin Ailey members in 1994, Complexions’ groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past decade-and-a-half.

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.

It is Rhoden and Richardson’s unique career paths that have paved the way for them to re-define dance—as their multifaceted resumes will show, neither has ever been comfortable with his art being placed in a box. Instead, from E! to PBS to VH1, from Cirque de Soleil to the Joffrey Ballet, the two have allowed the transformative power of their art to flow freely throughout the entertainment world—their creative vision restricted by nothing but the limits of the human body itself.

Together, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson have created in Complexions an institution that embodies its historical moment, a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future. In the 15 years since its inception, the company has born witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable, and more culturally interconnected than ever before—in other words, a world that is becoming more and more like Complexions itself.

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