Fall Dance Concert at Bob Hope Theatre
Three contemporary works highlight the Fall Dance Concert. With its circular stage space, curving ramps and central spire, Associate Professor Christopher Dolder’s new version of Bolero is equal parts architectural art and bio-mechanical physics experiment. Moncell Durden’s Drop Me Off in Harlem (1937) uses vernacular jazz movement to recount the adventures of three ladies from Pennsylvania, who travel to New York City to dance at the famous Savoy Ballroom and watch the battle of the bands between Benny Goodman and Chick Webb. The third featured work is Ascension, a new piece created by Visiting Artists-in-Residence Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, co-artistic directors of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Ascension exemplifies the seamless blend of ballet and contemporary dance expressed in virtuosic, sculptural choreography that has made Complexions world renowned.