The Complexions Contemporary Ballet company draws inspiration from the cultural and ethnic fabric of its New York City base, weaving in references from the worlds of cinema, photography, television, fashion, poetry, theatre, street dance and pop culture to develop its own style. Founded 22 years ago by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, two virtuoso dancers from the famous Alvin Ailey Company, the company mixes the influences of classical and contemporary music from a multicultural variety of traditions – from Chopin and Bach to Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder.
The company’s resume is impressive. As well as performing at various locations around the United States, including the venerable Lincoln Center in New York, the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company has appeared at a plethora of major European dance festivals including Italy’s Festival of Dance for several years running, the Isle De Dance Festival in Paris, the Maison De La Dance Festival in Lyon, the Holland Dance Festival, Steps International Dance Festival in Switzerland, Warsaw Ballet Festival, Kraków Spring Ballet Festival, as well as in festivals and performances in Spain, Canada, Korea and Australia. And now, they are coming to the stage of the Israel Opera. The company’s current performance features works choreographed both of the co-artistic directors, Rhoden and Richardson, and closes with Richardson’s “Innervision,” set to the music of Stevie Wonder.
July 20-23, Tel Aviv Center for the Performing Arts (israel-opera.co.il)