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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs in the Portland-based White Bird Series, 2009.. This short excerpt gives us a definite image. One of youth, energy, pop music.. On that basis, and in its entirety, this could be a real crowd pleaser…for the right crowd! The recorded music, and the particular selection, was a little grating on the senses, I felt, but maybe that’s just my prejudice surfacing. But be that as it may, there’s little question about the proficiency of Complexions’ dancers. […]

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet – 2010-2011

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet – 2010-2011

    Some of this; some of that. This clip will give you an idea of what Complexions is all about but not a lot else. Parts of several different movement sequences were put together, so the results are pretty disjointed. Complexions’ choreography gives us a wide range of style such as ballet blended with rock-and-roll, gospel, pop; and diversity of culture and music. However, this short clip doesn’t give us that nor the excitement and cohesiveness found in a more complete […]

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet

    This was probably one of my least favorite clips of Complexions. It felt a little boring and similar to other Complexions’ numbers . However, the last part starting at :59 was more inspirational. I believe the outstanding dancer in front is Mark Caserta who has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center in New York. The dancers’ attire at :30 I’m not so sure about. For me it was a bit distracting. If you enjoy Complexions’ style of artistry, […]

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  • Complexions Montage 2010

    Complexions Montage 2010

    Very much a montage to the extent that almost none of the sequences seem truly finished before moving into another. Incredible physicality though it sometimes appears somewhat forced. And the technician that can’t be missed? Desmond Richardson, of course If you enjoy the gymnastic quality of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, please like then share with others.

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Promo 2011-2012

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Promo 2011-2012

    Notice the influence of Alvin Ailey in this short video clip? It’s unmistakable. Notice, also, the range of emotions expressed by the dancers as well as the interactions of the dancers with one another. Very much complexions Contemporary Ballet… And putting Desmond Richardson front and center? Certainly one of the main reasons Complexions exists… If you enjoy the diversity of ideas expressed in Complexions choreography, I hope you’ll like then share this with others who appreciate this explosive dance company.

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet – So You Think You Can Dance, Australia, 2009

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet – So You Think You Can Dance, Australia, 2009

    Danced to Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan, the choreography is intense and well measured. Technically Desmond Richardson is perfection. However, I’m not sure I feel a strong connection between him and his partner. Somehow they seem to be dancing as two people on a stage rather than dancing together in a partnership. Desmond Richardson has mastered his body. If you enjoy watching him as much as I do, please like then share with others.

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Santa Rosa

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet – Santa Rosa

    Complexions has brought together some of the best dance and theater talent in the world. As a company it has the sensitivity and artistic depth to successfully blend classical with modern, hip-hop, and pop. Certainly the originality and creativity of Complexions has given us a very different expression of ballet, one that stretches beyond its traditional definition..but then can return to it almost as quickly. If you have trouble taking your eyes off this video for even a millisecond, please […]

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  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Theatre of Arcimboldi

    Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Theatre of Arcimboldi

    Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, formerly of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and founders of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, 1994… First you see a ballet position…then an “opposing” position. A balance between the classical and the not so classical… This is Complexions Contemporary Dance. Designed to bring together… Diversity in dance and… Diversity of dancers from different backgrounds including race and culture as it celebrates dancers’ individual talents and perspectives. As well Complexions brings an appreciation of diverse media and […]

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