Who is Dwight Rhoden?

Who is Dwight Rhoden?

Meet the Choreographer and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artistic Director

Founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dwight Rhoden performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He has choreographed for New York City Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, BalletMet, Colorado Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, The Washington Ballet, Ballet Nice Mediterranean, and Rome Opera Ballet, among others. Rhoden has directed and choreographed for television, film, and theater, including So You Think You Can Dance, Cirque du Soleil, world tours for Prince and Lenny Kravitz, and the film One Last Dance. Honors include a New York Foundation for the Arts award, a Benois de la Danse Award nomination for The Great Gatsby (the Mariinsky Ballet), induction into the NYFA Hall of Fame, the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, and an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory. LET’S BEGIN AT THE END was his first work for SF Ballet.

San Francisco Ballet in Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END // © Erik Tomasson


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Rhoden has recently been back in the studio creating The Promised Land, a new world premiere ballet for the 2022 Season. It was performed as part of Program 6 from April 6–15, 2022.

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Header Image (from left): Frances Chung and Angelo Greco in Rhoden’s LET’S BEGIN AT THE END // © Erik Tomasson; Dwight Rhoden // © Jae Man Joo; San Francisco Ballet rehearsing Rhoden’s The Promised Land // © Erik Tomasson