Listing: Complexions Contemporary Ballet 25th Anniversary Season

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Performances at The Joyce Theater!

Featuring a World Premiere of “WOKE” and “ From Then to Now” as well as the NYC Premiere of “Bach 25” plus, a return performance of “Star Dust”.

February 19–March 3, 2019

Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) celebrates its 25th anniversary season at The Joyce Theater in New York City from February 19-March 3, 2019. Under the artistic direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, the company will celebrate this milestone anniversary with 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 a quarter century.

In the first week’s program (Program A), Complexions will present the NYC premiere of “BACH 25.” Set to the music of Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the work features the entire company in continuous movement to the Baroque composers’ dramatic violin and cello. 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. Returning this season due to popular demand is the runaway hit “Star Dust,” a ballet tribute to the genre-bending innovation of one of the most prolific rock stars of all time, David Bowie. This full company ballet takes an array of Bowie’s hits and lays a visual imprint inspired by his unique persona and restless artistic invention, resulting in a rock opera production in his honor.

In the second week (Program B), the company will present the world premiere of “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. This work is inspired by the enlightened awareness and challenging moral compass of today’s generation. In honor of their 25th anniversary, the company will present “From Then to Now,” an amalgamation of audience favorites spanning the rich 25-year history of the company. Highlights will include excerpts from classics such as “Rise” featuring music of U2 (2008), and “The Grapes of Wrath” (1995) among other audience favorites.

All matinee programs (Matinee) will feature “Bach 25” and “From Then to Now.”

During the run, Thursday, February 21 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 and students from New Orleans Ballet Association and performance from Complexions’ Artistic Director Desmond Richardson.

Tickets range from $10 to $66 and can be purchased online at 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 Balletprogramming, follow Complexions via the below links and visit

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 well over 300,000 people in live audiences, Complexions is poised to continue its mission of bring unity to the world, one dance at a time.

Complexions has received numerous awards including The New York Times Critics’ Choice Award. It has appeared throughout the US, including the Joyce Theater/NY, Lincoln Center/NY, Brooklyn Academy of Music/NY, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts/New Orleans, Paramount Theatre/Seattle, The Music Center/Los Angeles, Winspear Opera House/Dallas, Cutler Majestic Theater/Boston, New Victory Theater/NY, and Music Hall/Detroit, The Bolshoi Theater, The Kremlin, The Mikhailovsky Theater, Melbourne Arts Center, and will make its debut at the Kennedy Center in 2017, as a part of Ballet Across America.

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

February – 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 – ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES

(World Premiere – Arcata, 2018)
Choreography – Dwight Rhoden
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie
(World Premiere – Detroit, 2016)
Choreography: Dwight Rhoden
Music: David Bowie

February – 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2 – ALL EVENING PERFORMANCES

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden
Music: Various Electronica, Rap, Soul and African drumming

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden
Music: Various

February – 23, 24 and March 2, 3 – ALL 2:00 P.M. SHOWS

(World Premiere – Arcata, 2018)
Choreography – Dwight Rhoden
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Choreography: Dwight Rhoden
Music: Various

February 21

SPECIAL PROGRAM – Featuring highlights of the 25th Anniversary Season, with performances by special guests including Artistic Director Desmond Richardson, and pre-professional students from Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s Education Programs.

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.

Performances will take place:




Tuesday, February 19 7:30 PM Program A
Wednesday, February 20 7:30 PM Program A
Thursday, February 21 7:00 PM Gala
Friday, February 22 8:00 PM Program A
Saturday, February 23 2:00 PM Matinee
Saturday, February 23 8:00 PM Program A
Sunday, February 24 2:00 PM Matinee
Sunday, February 24 7:30 PM Program A
Monday, February 25 CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday, February 26 7:30 PM Program B
Wednesday, February 27 7:30 PM Program B
Thursday, February 28 8:00 PM Program B
Friday, March 1 8:00 PM Program B
Saturday, March 2 2:00 PM Matinee
Saturday, March 2 8:00 PM Program B
Sunday, March 3 2:00 PM Matinee

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