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3/10/11

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Interprets U2 & The Rolling Stones/ April 2-3/Music Hall

 
Music Hall is proud to present the return of Complexions Contemporary Ballet interprets U2 and The Rolling Stones, along with compositions by many Jazz, Gospel and Blues greats, showcasing their groundbreaking synergy of physicality, rhythm and movement, for two performances, Saturday, April 2nd at 8PM and Sunday, April 3rd at 2PM at Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts in downtown Detroit.

This innovative and envelope-pushing dance company from New York City has called Music Hall their Detroit home, and we are proud to bring back the brainchild of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson as they pull out all the stops as they perform to such varied compositions such as, The Rolling Stone's "Sympathy For The Devil", U2's "Vertigo and "Where The Streets Have No Name", as well as The Unnameable by Steve Reich to "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", by The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi -underscores the versatility and musical mash up that fuel this innovative and cutting edge dance company.

 

It is artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson lifelong appreciation for the artistic & aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballets singular approach to reinventing dance. Founded by the two former Alvin Ailey members in 1994, Complexions groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past decade-and-a-half.

 

The companys 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 worldâ€"and all its constituent culturesâ€"as an interrelated whole.

It is Rhoden and Richardson’s unique career paths that have paved the way for them to re-define danceâ€"as their multifaceted resumes will show, neither has ever been comfortable with his art being placed in a box. Instead, from E! to PBS to VH1, from Cirque de Soleil to the Joffrey Ballet, the two have allowed the transformative power of their art to flow freely throughout the entertainment worldâ€"their creative vision restricted by nothing but the limits of the human body itself.

 

Together, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond 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 15 years since its inception, the company has born 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.

 

Complexions

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Tickets are  $30 $40 & $50 and available at The Music Hall box Office or at www.ticketmaster.com

 

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

350 Madison Avenue

Detroit, MI  48226

www.musichall.org

313-887-8500