Complexions Contemporary Ballet Opens 26th Season with Performances at The Joyce Theater

World Premiere of “Love Rocks” 

Featuring Music of Music Icon Lenny Kravitz

Return of “Bach 25,” “WOKE” and 

“Essential Parts” a Compilation of Repertory Favorites  

January 21–February 2, 2020

New York, NY– Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) opens its 26th season at The Joyce Theater in New York City from January 21-February 2, 2020. Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company presents three dynamic programs over a two-week span. Filled with a roster of some of the most diverse and exciting young stars, Complexions explodes onto the Joyce Theater stage with their signature style of athleticism, virtuosity, and passion that has excited audiences for over a quarter century.

In the first week’s program (Program A), Complexions will present the world premiere of “Love Rocks” a full company ballet set to works by the iconic GRAMMY Award winning singer, producer, and songwriter, Lenny Kravitz.  Inspired by his vision and eclectic musicianship, this piece will follow Kravitz’s musical exploration where his lush melodies and retro musical style lay a foundation for passionate storytelling through edgy, athletic and theatrical movement as we examine our humanity and its vulnerability. Returning this season due to popular demand is “BACH 25.” Set to the music of Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the work features the full company in continuous movement to the Baroque composers’ dramatic compositions. A festive, athletic, neo-classical work in the signature style of Complexions; this romantic, playful, and intensely physical piece celebrates the union of music and movement.  

In the second week (Program B), the company will reprise “WOKE,” a physical reaction to the daily news. A bold and dynamic socially conscious one act ballet featuring the full company that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate. Set to an eclectic musical track that runs the gamut from electronica to rap, this work is inspired by the enlightened awareness and challenging moral compass of today’s generation. “BACH 25” will also be a part of this program. 

All matinee programs (Matinee) will feature “Love Rocks” and “Essential Parts,” a compilation of audience favorites spanning the 26-year history of the company along with a new world premiere solo.  Highlights will include excerpts from classics such as “Testament” (2011), and “Choke” (2006) among other audience favorites. 

During the run, Thursday, January 23 will be dedicated to Complexions’ annual fundraising gala. Proceeds from this gala benefit performance will continue to help build Complexions’ educational initiatives through scholarships, mentorship programs and the continued development of Rhoden’s and Richardson’s methodology of dance training. Complexion’s educational initiatives were offered in six cities this past year, allowing the company the ability to mentor and train hundreds of dancers. The gala will give audiences an opportunity to see the next generation of performers as they grace the Joyce stage. In addition to the company performing, there will be a new work performed by the students of Complexions’ pre-professional program.

Performances will take place:

DATE TIME PROGRAM
Tuesday, January 21 7:30 PM Program A
Wednesday, January 22 7:30 PM Program A
Thursday, January 23 7:00 PM Gala 
Friday, January 24 8:00 PM Program A
Saturday, January 25 2:00 PM  Matinee
Saturday, January 25 8:00 PM Program A
Sunday, January 26 2:00 PM  Matinee
Sunday, January 26 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday, January 27 CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday, January 28 7:30 PM Program B
Wednesday, January 39 7:30 PM Program B
Thursday, January 30 8:00 PM Program B
Friday, January 31 8:00 PM Program B
Saturday, February 1 2:00 PM Matinee
Saturday, February 1 8:00 PM Program B
Sunday, February 2 2:00 PM Matinee

 

Tickets range from $20 to $65 and can be purchased online at www.Joyce.org. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 212-242-0800. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at the corner of 19th Street), New York, NY 10011.

For the most up-to-date schedule for all Complexions Contemporary Ballet programming, follow Complexions via the below links and visit http://www.complexionsdance.org.

Twitter: @ComplexionsNYC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/complexionsdance

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/complexions_ballet/  

About Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Complexions was founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary dancer Desmond Richardson with a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles, and cultures. Today, Complexions represents one of the most recognized and respected performing arts brands in the world.  Having presented an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement on 5-continents, over 20-countries, to over 20-million television viewers and to over 500,000 people in live audiences, Complexions is poised to continue its mission of bringing unity to the world one dance at a time.

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 26 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 Contemporary Ballet Program
**All programs are subject to change**

PROGRAM A 

Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30pm; Friday, January 24 at 8pm; Saturday, January 25 at 8pm

ACT 1

BACH 25 

(2018)

Choreography – Dwight Rhoden

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

ACT 2

LOVE ROCKS

Featuring the music of Rock icon Lenny Kravitz

(World Premiere)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Lenny Kravitz

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PROGRAM B 

Tuesday, January 28 at 7:30pm; Wednesday, January 29 at 7:30pm; Thursday, January 30 at 8pm; Friday, January 31at 8pm; Saturday, February 1 at 8pm

ACT 1

BACH 25 

(2018)

Choreography – Dwight Rhoden

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

ACT 2

WOKE 

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various Electronica, Rap, Soul and African drumming

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MATINEE PROGRAM

Saturday, January 25 at 2pm; Sunday, January 26 at 2pm; Saturday, February 1 at 2pm; Sunday, February 2 at 2pm

ACT 1

Essential Parts

A compilation of excerpts from Complexions’ repertoire

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various

ACT 2

LOVE ROCKS

Featuring music of Rock icon Lenny Kravitz

(World Premiere)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Lenny Kravitz

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GALA PROGRAM 

January 23 at 7:00pm

ACT 1

Performances by pre-professional students from Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Education Programs 

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Various

ACT 2

Excerpts from current season (TBD)

LOVE ROCKS

Featuring music of Rock icon Lenny Kravitz

(World Premiere)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Lenny Kravitz

Tickets to the gala performance vary. Regular tickets to the evening’s show are available at the Joyce website, JOYCE Ticketing. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 212-777-7771. VIP tickets include an orchestra level seat and invitation to the post-show champagne reception. For more information on the Complexions Contemporary Ballet gala, please contact: Muadi Dibinga at 917-604-6030.

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Piece Information

BACH 25 – (37 min)

A festive, athletic, neo- classical work in the signature style of Complexions.  Romantic, playful, and intensely physical; BACH 25 celebrates the union of music and movement.

World Premiere – Arcata, CA (April 2018)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Lighting Design: Michael Korsch

Costumes: Christine Darch

ESSENTIAL PARTS– (40 min)

An amalgamation of audience favorites spanning the 26 year history of the company along with a new world premiere solo.  Highlights will include excerpts from classics such as “Rise” featuring the music of U2 (2008), and “Choke” (2006) among other audience favorites.

DEAR FREDERIC – Excerpt (2007)

TESTAMENT – Excerpt – Amazing Grace (2011)

BEETHOVEN – World Premiere

WOKE – Excerpt (2019)

WONDER – FULL – (1994)

ON HOLIDAY – Excerpt – My Man (2010)

CHOKE – (2006)

LOVE ROCKS – (40 min) – World Premiere

Our world needs LOVE more than ever. Love Rocks will feature the music of the legendary GRAMMY Award winning singer and songwriter Lenny Kravitz.  Inspired by his vision and eclectic musicianship, this full company work will follow Kravitz’s exploration of the eternal human journey where love and understanding takes center stage. Elegant, dynamic and wrought with progressive imagery, Love Rocks brings the iconic rock star’s heart and soul to the forefront with intensity, where his lush melodies and retro musical style lay a foundation for passionate storytelling through edgy, athletic and theatrical movement that reaches deep inside as we examine our humanity and its vulnerability.

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden / Desmond Richardson

Music:  Lenny Kravitz

Costume Design and Construction: Christine Darch

Lighting and Set Design: Michael Korsch 

Sound Design: Corey Folta

  1. We Can Get It All Together – Album: Raise Vibration – 2018
  2. Are You Gonna Go My Way – Album: Are You Gonna Go My Way – 1993
  3. I Belong To You – Album: 5 – 1998
  4. Take Time – Album: 5 – 1998
  5. Fly Away – Album: 5 – 1998
  6. Believe in Me – Album: Lenny – 2001
  7. Riding on the Wings of My Lord – Album: Mama Said – 2012
  8. It’s Enough – Album: Raise Vibration – 2018
  9. Here to Love – Album: Raise Vibration – 2018

WOKE– (46 min)

WOKE (A Call to Action) is a bold and dynamic socially conscious ballet that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate. Set to an eclectic soundscape remix of symphonic textures, electronic beats, soulful vocals, piano, rap, and spoken word, WOKE uses the pulse of our daily lives and the immediacy of action and reaction to examine our moral compass. WOKE explores the energy and inspiration for activism, awareness, and the need for tolerance, inclusion, and equality.

World Premiere – New York, NY (February 2019)

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden 

Music: Various

Costume Design and Construction:  Christine Darch

Lighting and Set Design:  Michael Korsch

  1. “Ball of Confusion” (That’s What the World is Today) – Written by: Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield; Published by: Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  2. “Killing Spree” – Written by: Daniel T. Alston, Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury, and Thomas Vontae; Published by: Empire Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music
  3. “Pray” – Written by: Larrance Dopson, Timothy Mosley, James Napier, Darryl Pearson, Sam Smith, and Jose Valasquez; Published by: Anthem Entertainment, Downtown Music Publishing, Peermusic, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  4. “Rank & File” – Written by: Ludwig Goransson and Moses Sumney; Published by: Ludovin Music, Kobalt Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music
  5. “Doomed” – Written by: Matthew Kolaitis and Moses Sumney; Published by: Domino Publishing, Kobalt Music Group
  6. “Mona Lisa” – Written by: Angel Aponte, Dwayne Carter, Kendrick Duckworth, Diaz Marco Antonio Rodriguez; Published by: Concord Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music,
  7. “I’ll Take Care of You” – Written by: Brook Benton; Published by: Third Side Music
  8. “Peace Piece” – Written by: Bill Evans; Published by: Tro Essex Music Group
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