FirstWorks Celebrates 15th Anniversary with Dance Tribute to David Bowie Wednesday April 17

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Plans a Glitter and Glam Evening

FirstWorks latest performance “Bach to Bowie” is the ultimate dance party, featuring classically trained dancers who break boundaries and challenge ballet stereotypes. Read the press release from Firstworks below. Ticket information here.

FirstWorks, a non-profit dedicated to connecting Rhode Island audiences to world-class arts presents “From Bach to Bowie” with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, in partnership with The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now online at first-works.org and ppacri.org or at 401-421-ARTS (2787). Ticket prices range from $25-$200, (includes a $3 per ticket restoration fee). Premium tickets include admission to FirstWorks 15th Anniversary pre-show Glitter and Glam Party.

The first half of Complexions’ evening performance titled “From Bach to Bowie” features “Bach 25,” an intricate fusion of contemporary dance and ballet technique exquisitely performed to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The second half of the program features Complexions’ runaway hit “Star Dust,” a homage to the iconic and chameleon spirit of David Bowie. “Star Dust” takes on an array of Bowie’s greatest hits to create a rock-inspired ballet in his honor, featuring some of Bowie’s best-loved music including “Heroes”, “Young Americans”, “Life on Mars”, “Let’s Dance” and more.

“Audiences will be awestruck by the innovative themes and ‘super-dancer’ techniques displayed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet,” said Kathleen
Pletcher, FirstWorks Founder and Executive Artistic Director. “Complexions’ philosophy is that dance should be about removing boundaries, not reinforcing them. The performance takes what you may think about ballet and turns it on its side.”

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet was founded in 1994 by master choreographer Dwight Rhoden, a former principal dancer from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the legendary Desmond Richardson, the first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater. As America’s first fully multicultural ballet company, Complexions reinvents dance through a groundbreaking mix of methods, styles and cultures. The company is presented as part of FirstWorks Artistic Icons Series connecting Providence audiences with genre-defining artists.


Since its inception in 1994, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has presented its visionary approach to human movement in over 20 countries on five continents, to over 20 million television viewers and well over 300,000 people in live audiences.


The arts organization FirstWorks has been bringing the Rhode Island community together through the arts for the last 15 years. Immediately prior to Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s performance, PPAC will host FirstWorks’ 15th Anniversary Glitter and Glam Party featuring great food, music, entertainment and celebration starting at 5:00 p.m. FirstWorks is also a founding partner of PVDFest. Tickets to the party include top-tier seats to the Complexions evening performance and are available at FIRST-WORKS.ORG / PPACRI.ORG or by calling 401-421-ARTS (2787).


Members of the community are also invited to attend a free FirstWorks Artist Up Close Conversation with Complexions co-founders Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden on Tuesday, April 16 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Ashamu Dance Center at Brown University located at 77 Waterman Street, Providence. The talk will be moderated by Julie Adams Strandberg, co-founder of American Dance Legacy Initiative, Artist-In-Residence and Founding Director of Dance at Brown University.