PASA, Atmos Energy present Complexions Contemporary Ballet with residency offered for students

LAFAYETTE – Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) will present Complexions Contemporary Ballet on Thursday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heymann Performing Arts Center.

In an effort to support its commitment to education, PASA will also present interactive outreach programs. Hosted by The U.L. Department of Performing Arts, a day-long residency will take place on October 12, 2011 and includes a daytime performance for middle and high school students, held in U.L.’s Angelle Hall at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the student performance are $7.00 each and class reservations will be accepted until October 11, 2011.

Those wishing to register their classes are encouraged to visit to download a registration form, or call PASA at 237-2787 ext. 201 for more information.

Also, a master class will be led by Complexions’ company members, held within U.L.’s McLaurin Hall. Open to the public, the class is intended for intermediate to advanced dancers seeking to sharpen their skills through direct instruction with touring members.

Registration is limited, but included with the purchase of a ticket to the main stage performance. Otherwise, the cost of attendance is $10.00, and those wishing to register should contact PASA at 337-237-2787 ext. 201.

Creative conversation will also be held prior to Complexions’ main performance, at 6:30 p.m. within the Heymann Center’s mezzanine, October 13. Patrons will have an opportunity to chat with Co-Artsitic Director, Dwight Rhoden, in a forum setting, led by local choreographer, Paige Krause. This thirty minute discussion will primarily focus on Rhoden’s experiences and roles throughout his time with Complexions.

As America’s first, fully multicultural, contemporary ballet company, Complexions’ groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and culture has created an entirely new and exciting vision of human movement over the past decade-and-a-half.

Co-Artistic Directors and former Alvin Ailey principal dancers, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson are the creative genius behind Complexions and most recently appeared as guest choreographers on FOX TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” They have graced the stages of Cirque de Soleil as well as The Joffree Ballet, and their resumes reflect collaborations with Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Madonna and Kelly Clarkson. The New York Times calls Richardson, recipient of the 2011 Capezio Dance Award, “one of the great modern dancers of his time – bravura performer with extraordinary skills,” and compares Rhoden’s choreography to “hot molten lava; flowing with undeniable power.” A rare occasion and for the last time, the two are on tour together, as this year marks Richardson’s farewell season.

Complexions’ stable of thoroughbred dancers includes 14 members, inspired by a mission celebrating excellence in dance and provoking thought. Their on-stage experience ranges from large, dynamic ensembles to poignant duets and solos. Rhoden and Richardson’s philosophy seeks to defy the boundaries of movement through dance, evident in the troupe’s performance of Complexions’ latest collection. Regardless of the limitations set by traditions within 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.

Complexions is sponsored by Atmos Energy, with additional funding provided by grants awarded through the Louisiana Division of the Arts National Endowment of the Arts and South Arts. Tickets are available at The Heymann Box Office at 337-291-5555, online at or Discount tickets are available for groups of ten or more and are only available for direct purchase through the Heymann Box Office. For more information about Complexions, visit

Founded in 1988, the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana is a non-profit organization that presents live entertainment at various venues throughout the Lafayette community. Separate performances for students are provided, in addition to our community’s senior citizens through the PASA Plus program, one of PASA’s longstanding community outreach programs. Others include Silent Seats and Play It Again, bringing the world of the performing arts into the lives of underprivileged children within the community.

PASA presents annual performances of music, dance and drama from a wide range of artists, worldwide.

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