Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Two's Company: Dance and Life Partners Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson Mark Gay Pride Season with the 10th Anniversary of Their Acclaimed Company, Complexions

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Two's Company: Dance and Life Partners Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson Mark Gay Pride Season with the 10th Anniversary of Their Acclaimed Company, Complexions

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It was on gay pride weekend 1994 that Dwight Rhoden and his life partner, Desmond Richardson, premiered their stunning dance company, Complexions. Now they've chosen New York's gay pride week as the backdrop for the troupe's 10th-anniversary season performance at Manhattan's Skirball Center, June 21-26. "We want to celebrate all that this company is, and New York is on fire that week," says Rhoden.

Rhoden, an internationally acclaimed contemporary choreographer, and Richardson, a Tony award nominee for Fosse, founded the troupe on the ideal of diversity of movement, using dancers of various races and sexual orientations. "We wanted to bring the uptown to downtown and meet in midtown," Rhoden quips. Getting to midtown involves ballet, modern, and hip hop styles, not to mention singing and multimedia presentations.

The result? "It's a now company," says choreographer-actor Allen, who serves on the company's advisory board. "The title Complexions is so right, because it represents a mix of so many types of people and such a comprehensive vocabulary of dance styles. I am a big fan of who they are and who they are yet to be."

Rhoden and Richardson are one of the dance world's premier power couples. They've been inseparable for 16 years. Dancing side by side in the Alvin Alley American Dance Theater, they became intimate onstage and off. "We started off as friends--but I had ulterior motives all along," says Rhoden with a sly grin. …

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