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Beaver Creek: Cutting-edge ballet comes to Vilar

Special to the DailyBeaver Creek: Complexions Contemporary Ballet grounds their cutting-edge choreography and original music within the roots of classical dance. They make their Vilar Center debut tonight.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” Hailed as “gorgeous virtuosos” by New York Magazine, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, artistic directors of Complexions Contemporary Ballet who will be in Beaver Creek, Colorado, Thursday, had a vision for sharing their common appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism through dance. Their concept: bring many artists from various disciplines into one room and let their interaction be a springboard for innovative and envelope-pushing creativity. Their idea was born in 1994 and called Complexions.

The cutting-edge troupe makes their Vilar Center debut Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.

The company was critically acclaimed from the start for its high level of artistry. In addition to a roster of gifted artists, Complexions has always sought to distinguish itself by grounding cutting-edge choreography and original music within the roots of classical dance.

From point to pop, the company uses various multi-media within its performances. Inspired by social and political issues, and yet deeply personal, the company’s works have always sought to ponder the human condition and to explore the full-range of human emotions.

“Rhoden’s work is post-Balanchinean choreography, a new aesthetic in movement, stage picture and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview,” Dance Magazine wrote.

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As early as 1995, Complexions received the coveted New York Times Critics Choice Award and began touring. The company has subsequently been invited to perform at major European dance festivals, as well as on the stages of renowned theatres across the country such as New York’s Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lincoln Center.

Over the years Complexions has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Each new city gives the troupe an opportunity to extend its message: Complexions is more than dance … it is language itself.

Tickets for Complexions Contemporary Ballet are $55 and are available online at, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Center box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional hours on performance days.

What: Complexions Contemporary Ballet

When: Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 pm

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center

Cost: $55

More information: 888-920-2787 or

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