Complexions Contemporary Ballet to Premiere David Bowie Tribute at Music Hall
Detroit, MI -- Complexions Contemporary Ballet interprets two incomparable Rock Music innovators who both transcended the limits of Rock And Roll music:
Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson juxtapose the dramatic and ever evolving work of David Bowie and the primal aggressive and majestic Heavy Metal of the biggest hard rock band on the planet, Metallica, in an evening which pushes the limits of both dance and musical genres while expressing the human form and movement into uncharted territories, combining three unique and genre-defying entities, Bowie, Metallica and Complexions.
This World Premiere of a new ballet pays tribute to the genre and gender bending innovation of one of the truly prolific Rock Stars of our time - David Bowie. With Bowie's 40+ year career and 25 Albums - that stretch across musical borders -ranging from Glam Rock, Soul, Dance Pop, Punk, and Electronica - this new ballet is an homage to the truly iconic Chameleon that influenced many generations. This new work takes an array of his hits over these 4 decades and lays a visual imprint of his - style, character, intensity, androgyny and his restless invention as an artist and creates a Rock Opera style production in his honor. The ballet takes the rebel spirit and creates an environment with a deft theatricality shaded with a luminous palette - that chronicles the heart of each song through dance wrought with emotion. The ballet will play from section to section like a rich tapestry that shows Bowie's ability to conquer virtually any musical notion with ease. Conveyed with a loose narrative and a movement vocabulary that uses Contemporary Ballet, popular dance vernaculars, his singular idiosyncrasies and Inspirations from Bowie's many personas, this premiere sets out to deliver a smooth, high voltage romp to highlight his truly original legacy.
IF YOU GO:
NEW BALLET TO THE MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE
COMMISSIONER: MUSIC HALL CENTER - DETROIT
CHOREOGRAPHY: DWIGHT RHODEN
MUSIC: DAVID BOWIE
LIGHTING AND SET DESIGN: MICHAEL KORSCH
COSTUME DESIGN: CHRISTINE DARCH
DANCED BY: COMPLEXIONS/ THE COMPANY
TICKETS: $30 - may be purchased though Music Hall Box Office at 313-887-8500 or online at ticketmaster.com
VENUE: Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit, MI 28226. Call (313) 887-8500 or visit www.musichall.org for more information.
Built in 1928 by Matilda Dodge Wilson, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a cultural gem in Detroit's entertainment crown, and has been presenting 88 years of legendary artists and performances from Flo Ziegfeld and Follies and WC Fields, to Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, DEVO, The Pretenders and Marcel Marceau to name but a few of the diverse performers who have graced our stage. It has been home to both the DSO (The famous radio broadcasts of "The Ford Hour" were performed here) and the Opera Theater as well, not to also mention that we were the first theater fit for Cinerama in Michigan.