For Immediate Release: California Center for the Arts, Escondido Presents Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Escondido, California — :

Thursday, February 9, 2017
California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Tickets: $25-$60 / Time: 7:30 pm

Escondido, CA — Tuesday, January 3, 2017 — California Center for the Arts, Escondido presents the inimitable Complexions Contemporary Ballet on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the Concert Hall. Complexions Contemporary Ballet is known for its athletic and push-it-to-the-max style as they employ choreography that delights audiences while keeping them on their toes. The company will perform Innervisions, an upbeat contemporary dance tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, along with other selections from their esteemed repertoire. Complexions Contemporary Ballet celebrates differences: different cultures, different genres, and different ideas. Interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson co-founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 1994 with a singular approach to reinvent dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. Both are Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater alumni and have brought with them their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for nearly two decades. The New York Times noted Dwight Rhoden as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” Under Rhoden’s direction, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has become a dance institution that is much in demand.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is widely hailed as “America’s Original Multicultural Dance Company.” Complexions Contemporary Ballet is celebrated for its pioneering spirit, and the building of a universal brand that continues to challenge traditional ideas and redefine possibilities in the dance arena. Leading the way as a destination for innovation through courageous and cutting edge programming, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has become a force to be reckoned as they deliver a profound passion for diversity that’s framed its vision and become its hallmark.

The company combines technical precision, power and passion for intricate performances transcending tradition with a mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Complexions Contemporary Ballet features Terk Waters, Youngsil Kim, Addison Ector, Larissa Gerszke, Shanna Irwin, Andrew Brader, Kelly Marsh IV, Doug Baum, Timothy Stickney, Jillian Davis, Greg Blackmon, Maria Gerasimou, Kylie Jefferson, and Anthony Javier Savoy.

Having presented an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement on five continents, over twenty countries, to over 20 million television viewers and well over 300,000 people in live audiences, Complexions Contemporary Ballet is poised to continue its mission of bringing unity to the world one dance at a time. They’ve received numerous awards including The New York Times Critics’ Choice Award. The company has performed at some of the most esteemed venues including the Lincoln Center in New York, Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, Paramount Theater in Seattle, The Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, and The Arts Centre, Melbourne in Australia. Complexions Contemporary Ballet has appeared extensively at major European dance festivals including Italy’s Festival of Dance, Isle De Dance Festival in Paris, Holland Dance Festival, Steps International Dance Festival in Switzerland, Dance Festival of Canary Islands and many more. The group has also frequently starred on the TV show, So You Think You Can Dance.

Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Center on February 9, 2017!



About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido 

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Center’s creation was sparked by a civic vision—one that recognized the vital role that the arts play in strengthening and uniting the community. Our commitment to enriching lives and improving access to the arts, especially for low-income individuals and families, is exemplified through our extensive educational programming and robust series of free community events. The Center is guided by an enthusiastic Board of Trustees and passionate staff who are dedicated to furthering arts education and access, and to creating programs that provide cultural enrichment for residents of North County and beyond.

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