Complexions Turns 20
Mayeux in the studio. Photo by Ani Collier, Courtesy Sin Gogolak.
Dwight Rhoden’s Head Space is one of the world premieres this season. How would you describe it?
Certain nights you’re performing
Innervisions. What advice would you have for dancers about getting through a long program like that?
You need a lot of focus and a lot of rest, and smart dancing. We have rehearsal all day before the show. Usually they would like us to do everything full-out, but we have to be able to deliver a great show for the audience that night. Most of the time, we try to practice the hardest things we need to first and then do a smart mark-through in tech rehearsals.
Do you have any tricks that help you get through a long performance?
But usually I just like to keep going. Sometimes it’s hard to do one piece in the beginning and then not do a second act and then try to get back into it. So it’s actually good that I’m doing three straight acts.
How have you seen yourself grow since joining Complexions in 2012?
I’ve made a 180-degree change.
Dwight and I have had this conversation. When I first got there, I struggled so much to get the style. But with time and getting to know what Dwight wants, getting to know the company and finding friends that could help me through, I really changed the way I work. Now I’m not so worried about what people are thinking because everyone in the company is supportive of my choices and can help me make the right choices about what I want to say onstage.
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