Los Angeles, CA – Debbie Allen Dance Academy (DADA) is thrilled to announce a FREE Concert with the internationally recognized and acclaimed Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Rave Theater on the grounds of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall, 4020 Marlton Ave, in Los Angeles on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 PM.
The informal presentation of Complexions’ new work is being developed at DADA during the month of September along with Resident Director Rasta Thomas and the DADA Ensemble. During the month of September, the Complexions Contemporary Ballet is DADA’s season resident. Co-founders Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Ballet Master Jae Man Joo and 13 other Complexions company members from Italy, Korea, Cuba, Canada, the United States and Republic of Georgia will offer master, open, adult classes and ending with a Free Concert to the Los Angeles Community. Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson were most recently guest choreographers on the current season of the hit FOX dance series, ‘So You Think You Can Dance.’
“Complexions is one of the most dynamic companies in the dance world today,” said DADA founder Debbie Allen. “Fusing the language of classical ballet with many other styles of dance and music, Complexions has lifted the possibility of the art form to its highest while remaining accessible and relevant to everyday people. I am thrilled to have them in residence at DADA here in Los Angeles. I know that they will inspire the entire dance community with the classes and demonstrations we will offer. Come one come all.”
About Debbie Allen Dance Academy:
The Debbie Allen Dance Academy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to expanding the reach of Dance and Theater arts to enrich, inspire and transform the lives of thousands of young people in the Greater Los Angeles Area, across America and around the world.
About Complexions Contemporary Ballet:
It is Artistic Directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic & aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance. Founded 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.
It is Rhoden and Richardson’s unique career paths that have paved the way for them to re-define dance-as their multifaceted resumes will show, neither has ever been comfortable with his art being placed in a box. Instead, from E!, PBS, VH1, Cirque de Soleil to the Joffrey Ballet, the two have allowed the transformative power of their art to flow freely throughout the entertainment world-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 the passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future. In the 16 years since it inception, the company has born witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, changeable and culturally interconnected than ever before-in other words, a world that is becoming more and more like Complexions itself.
About Complexions Co-Founders:
Dwight Rhoden, Artistic Director/Co-Founder/Resident Choreographer
Dwight Rhoden has established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from the New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographer of the day.” Since 1994, Rhoden’s choreography has been in the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory. He has been praised for his prolific body of work, visionary style and boundary-breaking sensibility. Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as numerous other companies. Widely known as “a dancer’s choreographer,” Rhoden has worked with, coached and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance.
Desmond Richardson, Artistic Director/C-Founder/Artist-in-Residence
Recipient of the 2011 60th Capezio Dance Award
Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” Desmond Richardson is a multi-talented artist who has mastered a wide range of classical, modern and contemporary dance genres. Praised for his powerful dancing and singular performance quality, Richardson has been the hallmark performer who has shaped the essence of the Complexions style for over a decade.