Photos by Jim Lafferty
It’s hard to find two more distinctive dancers than New York City Ballet prima ballerina Wendy Whelan and Complexions Contemporary Ballet star Desmond Richardson. Dancing together for the first time, Whelan and Richardson will debut a new Dwight Rhoden duet commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association in honor of Richardson’s last season touring with Complexions. Pointe shot the two dancers as they rehearsed this winter in the New York City Center studios. The new piece, set to music by the popular Nicholas Payton Quartet, will premiere at New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson Theater on April 21.