'Complexions' presents the dichotomy of dance

Tyler Stauffer photo: Dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet dance a pas de deux titled Tyler Stauffer photo: Dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet dance a pas de deux titled “Spill.”The Complexions Contemporary Ballet performance on Sunday in the Performing Arts Center can really only be described as a visual fiesta of beauty and athleticism that left the audience very impressed.

The dancers moved with sinuous grace and utter control while also incorporating raw ferocity and a degree of ruggedness in many of the pieces.

Freshman Emily McAveney described the performances as “the perfect combination of pure athleticism and exceptional artistry.”

The performance featured the choreography of Dwight Rhoden, a lauded dance figure and co-director of the company along with Desmond Richardson.

The evening began with “Moon Over Jupiter,” a piece memorable for its lighting as well as the dancing.

The hazy lights created an atmosphere in which it seemed almost like the dancers were dancing on a moon.

The choreography for this piece, with its many duets and solos intertwined with group dancing, successfully showcased the many talents of both the men and women of the company.

Next came “Spill,” a pas de deux (dance for two) performed in tan costumes that made the dancers look almost nude.

This shorter piece incorporated continuous motion that kept the eye busy to the very last second.

Though less memorable than some of the other pieces on the program, “Spill” displayed the impressive partnering skills of the two who danced it.

“On Holiday” gave some variety to the concert as it featured more jazzy movement elements and women in ballroom heels rather than pointe shoes.

The piece included a series of pas de deuxs which ended with an especially raw, heated duet.

Music included jazz pieces like “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “My Man.”

Another portion of Act II, “Moody Booty Blues,” began with a riveting trio of males jumping with great vigor that melded into vivacious dancing with two female members of the company.

This piece also had a bluesy, jazz influence.

Finally, the performance ended with “Rise,” a high-energy and intensely riveting piece set to music by U2.

The combination of rock concert-like lighting, red costuming, and the dynamic performance by the dancers ended the evening with a definite bang.

One of the most visually appealing aspects of the whole performance was the way in which the choreography and lighting accentuated the exceptionally well sculpted bodies of the dancers in the company.

“They utilized dynamics to emphasize their extreme lines and articulate bodies,” said freshman Eliza Davidson.

All in all, the Complexions performance left many impressed and excited by the energy of the evening.

“Their attack is so amazing but they still have perfect control over their movements,” said freshman Emily Reed. “They are fierce.”