The Joyce New Ballet Pays Tribute To Maya Angelou

October 31, 2015

complexions at the joyceComplexions Contemporary Ballet (Complexions) celebrates the kick off of the company’s 21st season with the roll out of the first phase of the BEYOND 20 campaign, a strategic long term plan for the company’s growth on a national scale.

As part of this plan, Complexions has announced its expansion outside of its home in New York City with the opening of a new office in Atlanta to bring its unique form of multicultural inspired dance to broader audiences nationwide.

As part of its 2015/2016 season, Complexions will perform in New York City’s Joyce Theater from November 17-29 with three unique programs.

..the company pays tribute to Harlemite Dr. Maya Angelou in a new work, IMPRINT/MAYA featuring a solo performance by Complexions’ own Desmond Richardson.

Featuring five premieres, Complexions continues to lead the way with its unprecedented approach to contemporary ballet. At the Joyce Theater, the company will perform STRUM, a New York City premiere set to the famous songs of Metallica; BALLAD UNTO… a work about unrequited love set to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, and Partita #2 – Chaconne; and CRYIN’ TO CRY OUT an excerpt inspired by the legendary voice and lyrics of famed Jazz singer Jimmy Scott. This season, the company pays tribute to Harlemite Dr. Maya Angelou in a new work, IMPRINT/MAYA featuring a solo performance by Complexions’ own Desmond Richardson. Finally, Dwight Rhoden has created CHRONICLE, a full company work composed in two acts. Act 1 is a world premiere with a wandering narrative wrought with non-sequential concrete story lines, characters, and images of the violence and unrest both nationally and internationally that we all witness within our day to day life. Act 2 is a new production of the 2009 signature work MERCY, which serves as an answer, reaction, elegy or lament to the turmoil of contemporary living in the 21st century. In addition to these new works, the company will also include various pieces from the company’s 20-year history including a re-staging of William Forsythe’s APPROXIMATE SONATA in a pas de deux format.

Detailed information on these works is below.

“We are very excited to be back home in NYC and even more thrilled to be performing at the famous Joyce Theater. My hope remains to shed light, provoke thought and entertain through dance and there is nowhere better to do that than in NYC,” said Dwight Rhoden, Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

“We have gone to great lengths to share with the Joyce audience a passionate, soul stirring and thought provoking program that we hope will touch them and transport them into our world for an hour and half.” said Desmond Richardson , Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

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Performances will take place from:

Tuesday, November 17th to Sunday, November 29th

Tickets range from $10 to $60 and can be purchased online at JOYCE Ticketing. 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 Ballet programming, follow Complexions via the below links and visit

Twitter: @ComplexionsNYC


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