2021 SUMMER INTENSIVES
Dwight Rhoden (Founding Artistic Director, Resident Choreographer)
Dwight Rhoden has established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.”
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Rhoden began dancing at age 17. Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal, and as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In 1994, Rhoden and Desmond Richardson founded COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet. They have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for over two decades. Under Rhoden’s direction, COMPLEXIONS has become a dance institution high in demand, as a center for innovation and cutting-edge programming.
Rhoden’s choreography has been the lynchpin of the development of COMPLEXIONS repertory. “Musicality, innovation, purpose, consistency, brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story—all these qualities make [Rhoden] one of today's elect choreographers” (Los Angeles Times). Since 1994, Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for COMPLEXIONS, as well as for numerous other companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Arizona Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BalletMet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theater, Pennsylvania Ballet, PHILADANCO!, Mariinsky Ballet, Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, among others.
Rhoden has also directed and choreographed performances for shows across a range of media, including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment’s Tribute to Style, Amici, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, and he appeared in the feature film One Last Dance. He has collaborated with a number of celebrated artists, including Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, ELEW, David Rozenblatt, Nicholas Payton, The Drifters, Paul Simon, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, The Turtle Creek Chorus, and Patrick Swayze.
Rhoden is a recipient of various honors and awards including The New York Foundation for the Arts Award, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School’s Apex Award. Rhoden received an honorary doctorate degree from the Boston Conservatory in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.
Meg Paul brings a wealth of significant professional experience in classical and contemporary ballet and Broadway performance, choreography, and teaching artistry. Her career spans four decades and encompasses a wide range of national and international experience in performance, choreography, directing, teaching, program development, community engagement, and arts management.
During her performing career, Paul worked closely with important dance pioneers in the field and performed master works from the repertoire and artistic direction of Gerald Arpino, Robert Joffrey, Twyla Tharp and Dwight Rhoden, to works by Petipa, Ashton, Nijinsky, Massine, Balanchine, Forsythe, and Alonzo King. She was a principal dancer with The Joffrey Ballet/NYC and has extensive national and international touring credits. Paul performed both leading roles and served on the creative team and as dance captain for Twyla Tharp’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Movin’ Out. Her awards include The Princess Grace Award, winner of The International Dance Competition of the Americas, Detroit Renaissance Hero Award, Sue Nine Endowment for Faculty Achievement Award, Wayne State University’s C. F.P.C Teaching Award, and the Copperfoot Award.
As Director of Dance with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Paul curated and directed National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, which engaged hundreds of local performers and pre-professionals to train and perform with ballet and Broadway professionals. For her work on National City Stars of Ballet and Broadway, Paul was honored as a recipient of the Detroit Renaissance Hero Award by the Detroit Free Press. She curated, directed, and produced Music Hall’s annual 313 Choreography Expo highlighting Detroit’s creative impact with other major cities. 313 Choreography Expo served as an incubator and career launchpad for many local Detroit artists and companies while fostering artistic collaborations, dance education, and community engagement.
Currently, Paul is Director of Dance for the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Senior Lecturer, Recruitment Coordinator for Dance, and serves as BFA advisor. Since her full-time appointment in 2010, Paul has curated and directed the Complexions Detroit Summer Intensive at Wayne State University. Concurrently, Paul serves as ballet master for Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Academy Director at Complexions Contemporary Ballet Academy.
Jae Man Joo is a Korean born artist, recipient of Princess Grace Choreographer Award in 2009. He was a Principal Dancer at Complexions Contemporary Ballet & Ballet Hispanico. Joo has worked with Shen Wei, Zvi Gotheiner, Igal Perry, Jessica Lang. For the past 19 years he has worked with Complexions Contemporary Ballet as the Associate Artistic Director (2011- 2018), Ballet Master (2011- 2019) and currently as Artist in Residence. In 1996 he received the Best Artist Award from the Bagnolet International Dance Festival in Paris, France. As a resident choreographer for Complexions, Joo created many works, "Goodnight", "Recur", "Flight" ,"Surface", amongst others, all of them premiered at Joyce Theater in New York City. In 2016, Joo created "CIRCULAR" for AILEY II Company, and has continued to create for Marymount Dance, Ailey School, Point Park Dance, Joffrey Ballet School, PCDC and more. In 2018 Joo world premiered "INTERMEZZO"(Pärt & Bach) for Wise Ballet Theater in Seoul, Korea. In 2017 and 2019 Jacob's Pillow invited Joo to create new work: "CANVAS" and "Dive & Fold" respectively, which where performed at the prestigious Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out stage.
Natiya Kezevadze was born in Tbilisi, the Republic of Georgia, where she began her professional ballet training at V. Chabukiani State Ballet School. At age thirteen, she was afforded the privilege of being accepted to the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet on full scholarship and moved to St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms.Kezevadze graduated under the supervision of professor T. Udalenkova, receiving a B.F.A. Consequently, she was invited to join Boris Eifman Dance Company. Later, she joined Ballet Classic St. Petersburg Ballet Company as a soloist and in 2004 Natiya moved to NYC to further pursue her performing career. While in NYC, she continued her training with many notable dance masters including Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Willy Burman, Milton Myers, Donald Byrd, Nathan Trice, Elisa Monte, Max Stone, Val Suarez, Donald Byrd and numerous others. As a guest artist, Natiya appeared in New York International Festival’s “Icarus”, Ballet Builder’s “Passing Thru”, Eglevsky Ballet “Nutcracker”, Rebecca Davis “Antigone”, and Nathan Trice “Rituals”. In 2005 Natiya joined Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company under the direction of Abdel Salaam where she continues to perform as guest artist. In 2007 Natiya became a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet (CCB) and toured extensively performing works by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Igal Perry and Jae Man Joo.
Today Natiya continues her relationship with CCB as an artist-in-residence performing with the company as well as conducting company classes and rehearsals. Additionally, Natiya has the pleasure of teaching both classical and contemporary ballet and her teaching experience include Complexions Summer and Winter Intensives, CCB Pre-Professional Programs, the Joffrey Experience and the Joffrey Ballet School, NYU’s Tisch, Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway. In 2018 Natiya joined dance team of faculty members at LIU Brooklyn.