Complexions Contemporary Ballet Comes to Philadelphia

Complexions Contemporary Ballet, an internationally recognized ballet company based out of New York City, will perform at the Prince Theater in Philadelphia from October 14-18.

Founded by former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancers Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, Complexions is recognized worldwide not only for impeccable training and technique, but dedication to dynamic and passionate movement for more than 20 years. The highly technical dancers of Complexions Contemporary Ballet aim to break all cultural and stylistic boundaries to create an open dance environment that emphasizes multi-ethnicity and connection with life’s journeys.

As a means to share and spread their culture, Complexions recently designed Beyond 20, a campaign that plans to nationally expand the company. Beyond 20’s first initiative is opening a new Complexions office in Atlanta, Georgia. Philadelphia is an important stop along the way in this campaign.

The company is excited to perform and share their art here in the city of brotherly love, says Dwight Rhoden, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. “Philadelphia has always been a warm and inviting audience for Complexions and what we love about Philadelphia is that there is always an amazing energy in the theater. People seem to be always engaged, ready to love dance,” Rhoden said.

Dancer Ashley Mayeux

Complexions Dancers Ashley Mayeux and Andrew Brader

What can you expect to see at the show next week?

Complexions will premiere three pieces in Philadelphia: And So It Is, Cryin’ to Cry Out, and Strum. Each work aims to pull at various emotional strings to capture human emotion and connect with a range of audience members.

And So It Is is a piece en pointe that reflects love, dreams and fate, set to the elegant music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The work Cryin’ to Cry Out is inspired by Jazz singer Jimmy Scott and expresses how to cope with pain during times of heartbreak.

Strum is a large group work that emphasizes individual voices and story telling. Set to the music of Metallica, Strum exposes the questioned themes of life, death and evolution.

Amidst these new groundbreaking pieces will be a sprinkling of works from the past 20 years of Complexions’ diverse repertory. The program includes motifs of brotherhood, survival, faith, history, and personal journeys.

The New York Times recognizes Complexions Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Desmond Richardson as “One of the great modern dancers of his time.“ Richardson is praised for his captivating and cutting-edge work in the dance field. I had the privilege of asking Richardson about his life dedication to dance. Click HERE to read the exclusive interview.

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The performances will take place:

Wednesday, October 14 at 7:30PM

Thursday, October 15 at 7:30PM

Friday, October 16 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 17 at 2:00PM and 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 PM


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Meghan McFerran

B.F.A. Dance

B.A. Journalism