Complexions Ballet

​Go and see Complexions Ballet at the Joyce Theater until Sunday November 26th!

Congrats to Eriko Sugimura on debutting as a member of Complexions in New York City.

Complexion’s program for week one includes four premieres by four different choreographers. I especially enjoyed the contemporary piece “Summertime” and its emotional buildup, as choreographed by Dee Daspary and performed by Andrew Brader, Larissa Gerszke, and Youngsil Kim. Shanna Irwin and Addison Ector were beautiful in Ido Tadmor’s “Postponed Conversation”. I also like “Duo” which followed Dwight Rhoden’s beautiful lines and aesthetics of tall and elegant dancers.

Three things I learnt from Wednesday night’s curtain chat.

Desmond Richardson’s biggest piece of advice to dancers: “Dance needs to come from your heart. Have an experience dancing, and we (the audience) will have an experience watching you.”

Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson choreograph for SYTYCD. Contestants on the show have only five hours to learn, rehearse, and put everything together! :O

The official name for the company is “Complexions, a Concept in Dance” and its mission is to “expose society to the beauty of dance and to use dance as a medium to exemplify cultural, racial and aesthetic diversity.”

Choroegraphers and Cocktails

“Choroegraphers and Cocktails” by the Joyce Theater at Gibney Dance tonight.

Had a wonderful time seeing the many wonderful artists in rehearsal including my favorites Shanna Irwin and Youngsil Kim and new members Eriko Sugimura and Brandon Taylor Gray of Complexions Ballet, reconnecting with swing dancers Kevin Clark and meeting new friends Gaby Cook.

Naturally, the two penguins got a little wild from the euphoria of seeing so much dancing… or maybe they’re just tipsy from the cocktails.

Peridance Contemporary Dance

Lovely dance performance and improvisation by Peridance Contemporary Dance Company at Summer in the Square this afternoon at Union Square Park.

“Dia-Mono-Logue” (top)
Choreography: Igal Perry
Dancers: Katherine Currier, Greta Zuccarello, and the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Photography: Jason Chuang

Dance improvisation (bottom left)
Dancer: Eriko Sugimura
Photography: Jason Chuang

“YOUnited” (bottom right)
Choreography: Marlena Wolfe
Dancers: Peridance Contemporary Dance Company
Photography: Jason Chuang