"Companies like Complexions are game-changing: they’re forging a path for what ballet can be instead of what it historically has been.” - The Guardian
“a matchless American dance company” – the Philadelphia Inquirer
"Rhoden's work is post-Balanchinean choreography, a new aesthetic in movement, stage picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview." - Dance Magazine
Complexions was founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden (Chapman artistic professor of dance) and the legendary Desmond Richardson - “two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey” (New York Times) - with a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. With stunningly gifted dancers and a breathtaking mix of dance styles and athletic intensity, Complexions represents one of the most recognized, diverse, inclusive, and respected performing arts brands in the World.
The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. Whether it be the limiting traditions of a single style, period, venue, or culture, Complexions transcends them all, creating an open, continually evolving form of dance that reflects the movement of our world—and all its constituent cultures—as an interrelated whole.
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 to bring unity to the world one dance at a time.