New York, NY – Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) celebrates the kick off of the company's 21st season with the roll out of the first phase of the BEYOND 20 campaign, a strategic long term plan for the company’s growth on a national scale. As part of this plan, Complexions is proud to announce its expansion outside of its home in New York City with the opening of a new office in Atlanta to bring its unique form of multicultural inspired dance to broader audiences nationwide. In commemoration of its new presence in Atlanta, the company will also launch its inaugural season at Gwinnett’s Infinite Energy Theater from October 8-10 as the first of many shows all across the country during its upcoming 2015-2016 season.
“We are ecstatic to expand our operations from New York City to the Atlanta market and look forward to it being a permanent home for our distinctive brand of contemporary ballet. It is our hope to become a force within the dynamic artistic fabric of the region and to share our level of creative excellence with the local community.” said Desmond Richardson , Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
“Atlanta is a perfect location for Complexions to expand its brand because of the city’s growing performing arts scene. As a company, Complexions is known for pushing the boundaries and with the ardent support of Atlanta philanthropist and board member Su Longman, we were able to support our mission of bringing our distinctive vision of dance to new audiences.” said Dwight Rhoden , Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.
On a program consisting of four premieres, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. For its inaugural season in Atlanta, the company will premiere STRUM, a world premiere set to the famous songs of Metallica; AND SO IT IS… a work about unrequited love set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, and Partita #2 - Chaconne; CRYIN’ TO CRY OUT an excerpt inspired by the legendary voice and lyrics of famed Jazz singer Jimmy Scott;and the debut of the company’s Icon Series, an annual new piece dedicated to the artists that continually inspire Complexions. This season, the company pays tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou in a new work, IMPRINT/MAYA featuring a solo performance by Complexions’ own Desmond Richardson. In addition to these new works the company will also include various pieces from the company's 20-year history, including INNERVISIONS, a suite featuring the music of Stevie Wonder. Detailed information on these works is below.
On Friday, October 9th, Complexions will host a special evening to celebrate its introduction to the Atlanta performing arts world. After the performance, join Complexions’ own Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the entire performing cast, host and famed actress Jane Seymour for an after show champagne reception where you can meet the Complexions Contemporary Ballet team in person.Each ticket is $200 and will include one orchestra seat as well as admission for one to the after show reception held at the Hudgens Center for the Arts inside the Infinite Energy Center. For tickets to the post-show champagne reception, visit: Complexions Contemporary Ballet Post Show Champagne Reception
For questions regarding this event, please call ( 404) 937-4031 x10 or email: VIP@ComplexionsDance.org.
About Complexions Contemporary Ballet
It is artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’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. Founded in 1994, Complexions’ groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past 20 years. 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. Together, Rhoden and 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 21 years since its inception, the company has bore 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.