Ballad Unto…, Photo by Bill Hebert / Courtesy of Dance Affiliates
Last week I shared a Q&A with Desmond Richardson, co-founder and partner for Complexions, a contemporary ballet company. On Tuesday night, I got to see Desmond and the company perform a wonderfully varied program. My prior exposure to contemporary (as opposed to classical) ballet was mostly limited to repeated viewings of the movie Center Stage, so this was a new experience for me, and I loved it.
I was offered two press tickets and so was able to bring one of my friends, who dances here in the city, with me to the performance, and it was wonderful to have someone knowledgeable to talk to about the pieces during the two intermissions. The performance ran about two-and-a-quarter hours, and the musical contrast between the various pieces kept everything moving.
Desmond Richardson / Photo by Julieta Cervantes
I’m so excited to have been offered press tickets to attend the NYC 2015-2016 season opening night performance for Complexions, the renowned contemporary ballet company. Complexions will be performing three different programs at the Joyce Theater from November 17 through November 29 (tickets are available here). Program A, which I will get to see, includes three NYC premieres (Strum, set to songs by Metallica, Ballad Unto …, which features music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Cryin’ to Cry Out Loud, which draws on the music of renowned jazz singer Jimmy Scott), a world premiere (Imprint/Maya, a new work that pays tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou), and a restaging of a piece called Approximate Sonata.
I was given the opportunity to ask Desmond Richardson, co-founder and partner for Complexions, a few questions. In addition to these roles, Desmond will also be performing Imprint/Maya, a solo piece created for him.