Complexions Dance Company 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
On its second visit to Israel, NY-based dance company Complexions did everything
possible to dazzle the audience, relying mostly on the strong, athletic troop of
15 dancers and their exceptional stamina.
Company director Dwight Rhoden,
who choreographed all five pieces of the program, compiled the opening dance
Moon Over Jupiter (2010 ) as a breathlessly ambitious extravagant mishmash of
styles. He made the dancers work so fast that they probably managed to execute
more steps, jumps, falls, lifts, flips, slides and kicks, than there are notes
of the accompanying Rachmanino’s score.
But then came Complexions’
winning card, the lovely Moody Booty Blues (2006), and with that Jazzy blues
music, the dancers – like fish in a spring pond – were shining in their right
element, bright, warm and perfectly beautiful.
Rhoden founded the company
17 years ago together with Desmond Richardson, the brightest male star of the
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Richardson still dances and he did only one
short solo, as he did on the company’s previous tour. This time he performed a 6
minutes piece, set to Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and he held the audience
captivated with his assured maturity, razor sharp precision, superb control and
Obviously, the dancers come from various professional
training and a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Different works allowed quite a
few to take center stage for a while, particularly in more intimate pieces such
as On Holiday (2010), a homage to Billy Holiday.
It contained four duets
which allowed to appreciate the qualities and individuality of the dancers, even
though the work itself is hardly a revelation in itself.
ended with Rise, accompanied by the popular music of U2. This was probably the
most commercial piece of the day. It was rhythmic and fast, simple in its
spatial compositions and was fun to dance and pretty entertaining to
Complexions Dance Company performs in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and
Haifa on Saturday, www.rafibenjacob.com