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Complexions Contemporary Ballet Returns to The Joyce Theater, 11/13-25

Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual two-week engagement, November 13-25, 2012, featuring two world premieres and two New York premieres.

For its Joyce season, the company performs two New York Premieres by Dwight Rhoden with music ranging from Rockjazz virtuoso ELEW to Michael Nyman. In addition, a New York Premiere of Flight choreographed by Associate Artistic Director, Jae Man Joo and a World Premiere by award winning choreographer, Camille Brown commissioned by The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.. Also on tap—repertory favorites like Testament, On Holiday, and a new production of Pretty Gritty Suite, set to the music of Nina Simone add to three thrilling programs.

Now in its 18th season, Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Artistic Directors and Co-Founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson have announced the official programming for the company’s return to The Joyce Theater, taking place November 13-25, 2012. To purchase tickets, please call Joyce Charge at 212-242-0800 or visit The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street) in Chelsea.

(2012, New York Premiere)
Choreography by: Dwight Rhoden
Lighting Design by: Michael Korsch
Music by: Excerpted sounds and manipulated samples of rhythms, melodies,and string lines in addition to Michael Nyman, Hauschka, Hildur Guonadottir, Emil Dedov, Alva Noto, & Ryuichi Sakamoto
Costume Design by: Kelly Brown
Performed by: The Company

The Curve is an abstract, conceptual full company work that looks at ideas, emotions and lines of energy in relation to various settings in time and space. Set to an eclectic score - with a sampling of tones, string lines, piano cacaphonies, percussive rhythmical licks, and ambient textures, lay the ground floor for this energetic soundscape. The Curve is an example of dynamic themes in a continuous state of evolution. Surprising and unexpected turns represent the rise, fall, and shift of ones perspective as the progression of a constant path is altered and bent representing change. The Curve is constructed in various group configurations - which sub divide into solos, duets, trios and quartets. Dancers defy gravity, moving high and low into the space with an internal intensity - athletic and extreme angles morph and arc in out of each other. Movements cut into space, sheer, slide, fold & unfold creating a rapid ever changing physicality - that moves beyond the choreography itself - conjuring emotional connections - ranging from the simple to the bizarre.

(2012, World Premiere)
Choreography by: Dwight Rhoden
Lighting Design by: Michael Korsch
Music by: Linkin Park
Music  Performed by: ELEW
Costumes by: Kelly Brown
Performed by: Christina Dooling & Edgar Anido

(2012, World Premiere)
Choreography by: Camille A. Brown
Assistant to Choreographer: Waldean Nelson, Willie “Tre” Smith, Marlena Wolfe
Lighting Design by: Michael Korsch
Music by: "Improvisation based on "You Taught My Heart to Sing" by McCoy Tyner" and "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Music Performed by: Nick Demopoulos
Costumes by: Carolyn Meckha Cherry
Performed by: (Tues, November 13th, Fri., November 16th, Sun. November 18th)
Mark Caserta & D. Gary W. Jeter II
(Wed. November 14th & Sat. November 17th)
Norbert De La Cruz III & Samantha Figgins

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