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 Post subject: Re: Complexions (Dwight Rhoden & Desmond Richardson)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2002 12:36 pm 
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I like her phrase "Glossy, nonsensical emptiness" to describe that kind of choreography. I feel the same.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2003 1:12 pm 
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Complexions has a new executive director:

http://www.registercitizen.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10267686&BRD=1652&PAG=461&dept_id=12530&rfi=6


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2003 6:55 am 
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Dance troupe on a mission is set to make Phila. debut

By MIRIAM SEIDEL
The Philadelphia Inquirer

In 1994, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson were both leaving the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Rhoden was already known for his powerful, classically based choreography with the Ailey and other companies. Richardson was a dance star: He's been called a "mesmerizing stage presence" by Dance Magazine. That year, the two decided to put on a dance concert with friends from the ballet and contemporary dance worlds, even some "street" dancers they knew.

The lines for that first performance, at New York's Symphony Space, stretched three city blocks.
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Complexions dancers dare and dazzle

By MERILYN JACKSON
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Each time a dancer puts foot to stage, he takes his life in his hands. In the case of Complexions, a company with a rage to dance, that's not hyperbole.

Complexions made its Philadelphia debut Saturday night at Dance Affiliates' Annenberg Center concert. With 20 daredevil dancers willing to take any risk to hit their marks, it's a wonder that there were no collisions, and that they were all still standing (and barely panting) at the finale.
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Putting Old Glory to New Use in a Color-Coded Commentary

By JACK ANDERSON
The New York Times
June 25, 2004

Mr. Rhoden's ferocious production was set to a recorded potpourri that included Jimi Hendrix's notoriously strident rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," and other pieces by Antonio Carlos Scott, Depeche Mode, Astor Piazzolla and Charles Mingus. As one has come to expect of Complexions...
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Three World Premieres by Dwight Rhoden Please and Jar

By LAUREN E. MORELLI
The Village Voice
August 3, 2004

In a dance universe where technical abilities have reached frightening levels, Complexions Contemporary Ballet provides a gasp of hope. The dancers are utterly adept, but humanized by their willingness to dedicate themselves wholly—almost religiously—to the idiosyncratic, relentless pieces that choreographer Dwight Rhoden bestows on them.
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Joyous, sexy production well worth a 3-hour drive

By WILMA SALISBURY
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 30, 2004

"Carmina Burana" is irresistible to contemporary choreographers. The Latin text, a collection of 13th-century poems by wayward monks, evokes images of springtime, lust, debauchery and death. The music, a large-scale cantata by Carl Orff, pulses with powerful dance rhythms.
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For Complexions, diversity is the motivation behind its every dancing move

By Whitney Smith
The Indianapolis Star

The latest installment in Clowes Hall's long series of contemporary dance programs through the years will be a globe-trotting, multicultural company with roots in Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. <a href=http://www.indystar.com/articles/0/217881-3590-062.html target=_blank>more</a>


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In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Miriam Seidel reviews the April 21-23 performances. [N.B.: Alicia Graf is misidentified as an Ailey dancer, instead of a Dance Theatre of Harlem dancer.]

http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entert ... 467325.htm


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Bewitched or Bothered?
Gorgeous dancers knock themselves out in a choreographic maelstrom
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice

And the screams? Also for Rhoden. The man has steps and ideas coming out his ears. I'll bet that while he sleeps, tiny figures emerge from his brain and cavort on his pillow.

published: May 6, 2005
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A preview article from Valerie Gladstone in the Boston Globe:
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Complexions is ready for new looks
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Since the two dancers [Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson] from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater founded Complexions together in 1994, the troupe has made its reputation with Rhoden’s intricate, jazzy, athletic works to music as diverse as Nina Simone songs and Beethoven sonatas. Its devoted following is young and diverse and includes admirers completely unfamiliar with most modern dance.

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From Karen Campbell in the Boston Globe:
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Complexions unfurls an exquisite frenzy
Complexions Contemporary Ballet barreled into the Tsai Center this weekend with one of the most physically gifted troupes to hit Boston in recent memory. Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson founded their company 12 years ago, and the two former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater stars have assembled a dynamite troupe of exquisitely lithe and limber dancers with open hips, whiplash limbs, deeply arched backs, and stylistic panache.

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From Marcia Siegel in the Boston Phoenix:
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Complexions at the Tsai Center
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Complexions Contemporary Ballet seems to have abandoned specifics but intensified the movement’s emotional implications. It’s created a style of virtuosic skill — turning, leaping, high extensions — saturated with the shapes of relentless struggle, desire, attraction, repulsion, and rapture.

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Complexions is performing at Meany Hall at the University of Washington as part of the U.W. World Dance Series. Michael Upchurch reviews the performance of Thursday, November 12, 2009 in The Seattle Times.

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Complexions performs at the Byham Theatre in Pittsburgh on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

Kellie B. Gormly previews the performance in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Jane Vranish in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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