Founders and Artistic Directors Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, along with their New York City-based company of extraordinary dancers, have awakened audiences to a new, exciting genre that combines the best of athleticism, lyricism, technical training, and experience.
Founded by the two former Alvin Ailey members in 1994, Complexions is widely celebrated as America’s original multicultural dance company. It is Richardson and Rhoden’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance.
Complexions has received numerous awards including the “New York Times” Critics Choice Award. The company has appeared in New York at the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It also has performed across the United States at the Mahalia Jackson Performance Arts Center in New Orleans, the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, the Music Center in Los Angeles, and the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, to name a few.
The company has toured in Korea, Spain, Australia, and Canada, as well as appeared at major European dance festivals, including Italy’s Festival of Dance, the Isle De Dance Festival in Paris, the Maison De La Dance Festival in Lyon, the Holland Dance Festival, Steps International Dance Festival in Switzerland, Warsaw Ballet Festival, Kraków Spring Ballet Festival, and the Dance Festival of Canary Islands, among others.
EFA is proud to partner with Miller Auditorium for this performance. The Kalamazoo concert program will feature excerpts of the following dances: “Ballad Unto…”, “Gone”, “Crying To Cry Out”, and “Strum”.
Sculpture in motion. – The New York Times
This activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.