As many of you know, we just LOVE performing arts! One of the many reasons why NYC is such a great city choice for us. So, when we were given the opportunity to see the latest Complexions Contemporary Ballet at the Joyce Theater, we LEAPED on it! [pun intended].
Our evening at the Joyce wasn’t one of those fancy ballet outings, like seeing Swan Lake at Lincoln Center with your best evening bag in tow. This was one of those hip ballet experiences where the whole 2nd act was an upbeat tribute to David Bowie!
The full show is 1 hour and 50 minutes, including intermission and will be running until February 25th – we highly recommend it! Here’s our very brief synopsis on what to expect.
Act 1. “Gutter Glitter” First off, love the name! As the name suggests, this act is “simultaneously edgy and soft.” The dancers let their buns down and move around stage in what can’t possibly be jeans because who can dance in jeans? But nonetheless, it’s a very cool grunge look that accompanies the electronica music well – we feel edgier just for sitting in the audience.
Act 2. “Star Dust” Think sparkly purple pants, blue lipstick and a sassy 80’s rock-n-roll style set to your favorite David Bowie hits! Do not miss this.
As for the style of dance found at a contemporary ballet, we turned to resident Out Of Office NY bunhead, Brittany Hillyer (yea, our Account Coordinator was previously a professional ballerina and yea, we’re bragging about it because she is awesome!). Brittany explained the distinction between traditional ballet which requires a lot of athleticism and talent, but is also a “practice makes perfect” type of training regimen, and contemporary ballet dancers who she says either “have it, or don’t have it.” We found this to be evident by the unique movements seamlessly integrated with traditional ballet choreography which made for a show that was simply COOL.
So that’s the 4-1-1! If you want to be open-minded and enjoy a contemporary ballet set to David Bowie, you can buy your tickets here. Have fun!