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Complexions Contemporary Ballet Returns to Staller Center

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Renowned New York City-based dance company Complexions Contemporary Ballet returns to the Staller Center on Saturday, February 5, in a spectacular evening featuring their two newest full-length pieces performed on the same program for the very first time, in celebration of Black History Month.

Under the artistic direction of dance Icons Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (both former principal dancers with Alvin Ailey Dance and star choreographers), Complexions will perform two monumental pieces, “Woke” and Love Rocks,” born out of the current crises we are facing in the world. Through dance, Complexions confronts this moment in time and the question of what it means to exist in today’s society and how we connect in spite of it.

“Woke” is a physical reaction to the daily news. It is a bold and dynamic socially conscious one-act ballet featuring the full company that examines our humanity in conjunction with today’s political climate.

“Love Rocks,” which also features the full company, is set to the powerful music of Grammy Award-winner Lenny Kravitz. It is a fun, thrilling and moving dance and a tremendous compliment to “Woke.”

Dancing these two pieces together in the same program is a challenge for the company. Complexions Dance is working overtime through extreme pandemic conditions to create this unique program for Staller Center, the university community and greater Long Island region.

“Woke” and “Love Rocks” will be performed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet in one full-length evening program on Saturday, February 5, at 8 pm at Staller Center.

Tickets for Complexions Dance are on sale now. Go to for more information or call (631) 632-ARTS. SBU faculty and staff can get 50 percent off tickets to the Complexions Dance performance by using code, LOVEROCKS. Tickets are free for SBU students through SB Engaged

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