April 16, 4-5:30 PM, Ashamu Dance Theater
77 Waterman Street, Brown University Providence
Join FirstWorks for a free Artist Up-Close Conversation with Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, and the legendary Desmond Richardson, first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater. Moderated by Julie Strandberg, co-founder of The American Dance Legacy Initiative, Artist-In-Residence and Founding Director of Dance at Brown University.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet was founded in 1994 by Master Choreographer Dwight Rhoden, former Alvin Ailey principal dancer, and the legendary Desmond Richardson, first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, with a singular approach to reinventing dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures.
As America’s first fully-multicultural dance company, Complexions signals inclusivity and representation, widening the circle of contemporary ballet to speak our changing world. The company’s foremost innovation is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them.
This conversation with Complexions’ founders will explore the relationship between contemporary ballet and its predecessors, classical ballet and modern dance, and how the integration of contemporary social values informs the way each respectively expresses ideas and touches audiences. Rhoden and Richardson will also speak specifically to their work with Complexions using contemporary ballet as a medium and the ways the form leverages their intentions; and to the importance of the dancing body as both a symbolic and tangible purveyor of meaning in a world moving towards equal representation.
A Widening the Circle partnership event by ADLI (American Dance Legacy Initiative) which celebrates America’s rich dance heritage through innovative programs, and FirstWorks, a non-profit dedicated to connecting art with audiences. American Dance Legacy Initiative is dedicated to enabling individuals to appreciate and participate in America’s rich dance heritage and recognize it as a cultural asset relevant to all. This event was made possible with generous support from Brown Arts Initiative.