What Complexions Contemporary Ballet has to show for 24 years on the scene is a stable of fluent movers and a lighting designer who diverts our attention without exactly illuminating the dancers on the stage. Back at the Joyce for the second time this year, with three different programs, the troupe opened on Tuesday (I saw the same program on Wednesday) with a quartet of new pieces, the first and longest by resident choreographer Jae Man Joo.
If you’re one of those people who eagerly waits for Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo to show up at the Joyce just before Christmas, well, this is not your year. But a consolation prize is Rebels on Pointe, a delightful documentary about the all–gay male comedy ballet company, lovingly chronicled by director Bobbi Jo Hart. Tory Dobrin, the wry dancer who joined in 1980 and is now its director, narrates the history of the troupe, founded in 1974. Its roster now includes sixteen dancers.
The chaotic sensuality of Yvonne Meier’s work is something to behold. Meier transforms the body (her own blocky, maternal one, and those of other, younger women) into lumpy figures of astonishment, delight, even menace, and reaches into the vegetable and mineral kingdoms, creating sculptural tableaux that attack every one of our senses.
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