Friday, August 10, 2012

Complexions at Celebrate

The dance company Complexions presented a wonderful, exuberant, eclectic, and rousing performance at Celebrate last night.

The first piece used a kind of music I can't quite describe, like religious organ music meets house. That doesn't really capture it, but it worked well with the complexly beautiful moves.  There wasn't a program for the evening, so I don't know much about the music. Except that the whole last act used U2 music and it was enthralling and fun and really a great way to spend a slightly humid, slightly balmy night in Brooklyn.

Statement from the Celebrate website:
Inspired by artistic directors Dwight Rhoden, “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day,” (NY Times) and Desmond Richardson, “one of the great modern dancers of his time,” (NY Times) and their pronounced appreciation for the multicultural, COMPLEXIONS’ unique mix of methods, styles, and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement. 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. At Celebrate Brooklyn! the company performs excerpts from a selection of recent works, including Moonlight, Choke, Testament, Rise, and What Come, Thereafer, and Mercy, which is dedicated to the memory of Patrick Swayze.

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