Yes, absolutely, there are sleek bodies moving in and out of fantastic shapes that will give you pause, but there are some special moments amongst all that during the two-week run for Complexions Contemporary Ballet at The Joyce (November 19 – December 1). One of the two nuggets is watching the long-limbed Ashley Mayeux in Alejandro Cerrudo’s Never Was where, partnered by Mark Caserta, she glides in and out of his arms then finishes in statuesque poses. The other is singing and bopping in our seats during Innervisions (world premiere) a delightful ode to singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder by co-founder and artistic director, Dwight Rhoden. Rhoden’s signature entrance and exits are magnified when in tight white pants, shorts and variations of red tops, the company moved to Wonder’s music via Rhoden-style – lots of leg, taught fingers, quick steps, daring lifts, funky hips, sassy stares, off-centered balances and fun.
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