NYC-Based Complexions Contemporary Ballet Performs at Birch North Park Theatre
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The last date listed for Complexions Contemporary Ballet was Saturday May 7, 2011 / 2:00pm.
Currently at Birch North Park Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $62.00 - $72.00
- Our Price:
- $31.00 - $44.00
San Diego Musical Theatre presents the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin's beloved 1954 musical film White Christmas at the Birch North Park Theatre this holiday season, complete with a live 22-piece orchestra. Brimming with such timeless Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep Is the Ocean?" and the unforgettable title song, White Christmas tells the story of U.S. Army veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, a pair of performers with a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge -- which, as it turns out, just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former Army commander. When they learn that the inn's future is in jeopardy, the showbiz gents team up with the sisters and save the day by producing a sparkling, family-friendly holiday show bursting with cheerful dancing, treasured tunes and a generous helping of Yuletide cheer. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Goldstar Member
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I attended the matinee this past Saturday. I had expected great performances given the background of the dancers. I was disappointed in several things. The lighting on the stage was very harsh, and I was unable to see any of the dancer's faces, which took away alot from the performance. The first act had way too many dancers on stage at the same time, and it was very difficult to see and appreciate all that was going on. After awhile, the classical music and the dancing became monotonous, and it lacked interest. The second set was a bit better, but the third act was the best.
The theatre was very warm also, no ventilation whatsoever so it made it difficult to enjoy.
The dancers costumes were minimal, but the bodies were amazing, and they were truly skilled dancers, but all in all, I would have preferred more numbers with more intimate dancing rather than a large group onstage all at once.
Quotes & Highlights
- “. . .hailed as two of the greatest virtuosos ever to emerge from Ailey land — Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson.” —The New York Times
- Learn more about Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the company's website.
- Watch a montage video of the dance company on Vimeo.
- See the preshow Prelude at 1:00pm: Peter Kalivas discusses how Complexions Contemporary Ballet works to challenge traditions and expectations of dance while celebrating its past, representing its present and carving its future.
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It is artistic directors Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance. Founded by the two former Alvin Ailey members in 1994, Complexions’ groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past decade‐and‐a-half.
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.
It is Rhoden and Richardson’s unique career paths that have paved the way for them to redefine dance — as their multifaceted resumes will show, neither has ever been comfortable with his art being placed in a box. Instead, from E! to PBS to VH1, from Cirque de Soleil to the Joffrey
Ballet, the two have allowed the transformative power of their art to flow freely throughout the entertainment world — their creative vision restricted by nothing but the limits of the human body itself.
Together, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson have created in Complexions an institution that embodies its historical moment, a sanctuary where those passionate about dance can celebrate its past while simultaneously building its future. In the 15 years since its inception, the company has born witness to a world that is becoming more fluid, more changeable and more culturally interconnected than ever before — in other words, a world that is becoming more and more like Complexions itself.
About the Ticket Supplier: La Jolla Music Society
La Jolla Music Society contributes to San Diego's cultural vitality year-round through a variety of concert genres, including classical, jazz and contemporary music, ballet and modern dance. The Society's signature event each year is the acclaimed SummerFest, a three-week chamber music festival of performances, live broadcasts, open rehearsals, educational encounters, pre-concert talks, and social events.