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Complexions to be on "So You Think You Can Dance?"

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Press release:

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Returns To The Hit Fox TV Series

“So You Think You Can Dance?”

The New York City-based dance company known as COMPLEXIONS CONTEMPORARY BALLET is perhaps the most creative and compelling multicultural dance company in the arts landscape today, and this Tuesday, December 15th at 8pm company founders Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson will be appearing on Part 1 of this Seasons' Finale of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance? This is Complexions second appearance on the popular show, and for this special guest appearance Dwight and Desmond have choreographed a new work for two of the season’s finalists.


Last Guest Appearance On So You Think You Can Dance < http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6qihxWsylE >

Complexions Promo Video <


Performance And Interview In New Zealand <




“Sculpture in motion”

- The New York Times

“Musicality, Innovation, Purpose, Consistency…A brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story”

- LA Times

“Complexions is more than dance: it is language itself”

- Daily Progress

“Complexions...made it sensationally jaw droppingly clear that we live in the age of super-dance, at a time when technical virtuosity is being redefined as an expressive state”

- Dance Magazine

“…a new aesthetic in movement, stage picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview”

- Dance Magazine

“…Classically trained to the fullest of extension, lift, leap and long balance, with a physicality that involves every sparkling cell in their extraordinary bodies.”

- The New Zealand Herald

“Mr. Rhoden’s Choreography was like hot molten lava; flowing with undeniable power.”

- The New York Times

“Mr. Richardson is one of the great modern dancers of his time- bravura performer with extraordinary skills,”

- The New York Times

“Complexions seamlessly and boldly intersects the lives of dancers from various artistic and cultural backgrounds, creating America’s original multicultural dance company.”

- St. Thomas Source

“Cross-cultural ballet with attitude…wearing toe shoes has never looked like so much fun”

-Washington Post


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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