David Bowie Gets Contemporary Ballet Tribute at Count Basie Theatre on January 25

Greg Blackmon. (Photo credit: Breeann Birr)

“This is Major Tom to Ground Control
I’m stepping through the door
And I’m floating in a most peculiar way
And the stars look very different today”

– from “Space Oddity” by David Bowie

You haven’t seen David Bowie quite like this.

An absolute stunner of a contemporary ballet performance is heading to Red Bank. Both dance and Bowie fans should get their tickets now.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet will bring “Stardust, a Tribute to David Bowie” to the Count Basie Theatre on Thursday, January 25. Led by master choreographer Dwight Rhoden and the legendary Desmond Richardson, the Detroit-based company has developed a singular dance approach and has been touring the world since 1994.

Courtesy of Count Basie Theatre

In November of 2016, the company brought their stunning production to the Joyce Theater in New York City. The production included ensemble and solo pieces scored to Bowie songs including “Lazarus,” “Changes,” “Heroes,” “Rock and Roll Suicide,” “Life on Mars,” “Space Oddity,” “1984,” “Modern Love” and “Young Americans”.

The tonality throughout the performance spans the playful brightness of “Modern Love” to the ethereal intangibility of “Space Oddity.”

Terk Waters and company. (Photo credit: Ani Collier)

Particular striking is the ensemble’s performance of “Lazarus” from Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar.” The dance serves as a last gasp of life. Bowie, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer three months before his death, kept his illness private. The company captures the pain and vitality of the work as well as Bowie’s mysterious parting.

Timothy Stickney, YoungSil Kim. (Photo credit: Hagos Rush)

The company’s technical ability, control and fierceness bring countless layers to the performance.

“Stardust” by Complexions Contemporary Ballet performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank on Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available here.