Dance Masters at Chapman
A performance with legends Dwight Rhoden, Ido Tadmor, and Clifford Williams
College of Performing Arts
Department of Dance at the College of Performing Arts
Chapman University kicks off the new year with our inaugural Dance Masters at Chapman weekend February 16 – 18, 2018.
On Friday, February 16, 2018 join legendary dancers Dwight Rhoden, Ido Tadmor, and Clifford Williams for an intimate performance featuring these luminaries.
The performance includes highlights of Dwight Rhoden’s repertory in a lecture demonstration format, a solo to live music performed by Ido Tadmor, and a solo danced by Clifford Williams. Please join us for an artist’s talk back after the show!
Ido Tadmor is an internationally acclaimed dancer-choreographer who has performed with legendary companies such as Bat Dor, Batsheva, Lar Luvovitch, and the Bolshoi Ballet. He has served as Israel’s "Ambassador of Dance” for more than three decades, touring to Cyprus, Paris, Germany, Croatia, Brazil, California, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Poland, Korea, Angola, Poland, Senegal, and Lithuania. He was recently named a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.
Clifford Williams has performed with renowned companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Compañia Nacional De Danza under the direction of Nacho Duato. He has partnered with Misty Copeland, and served as assistant director and choreographer for the television show So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Williams is certified in teaching the official Contemporary Ballet technique of Complexions and has recently been appointed as Artist-in-Residence for the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.
Dwight Rhoden is the founding Artistic Director/resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. The New York Times has described him as “one of the most sought-out choreographers of the day.” Mr. Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Rhodens’ work has been presented on five continents in over 20 countries, appearing in prestigious theaters across the globe including, The Joyce Theater (NYC), The Marinsky Theater (St Petersburg), Maison De La Danse (Lyon), The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles), BAM (Brooklyn) Cairo Opera House (Egypt), The Arts Center (Melbourne, Australia), Telaviv Opera House (Israel), The ASB Theater (New Zealand), Grand Theatre De Geneva (Switzerland), Isle De Dance Festival (Paris), to name a few. In addition to the work he has done with CBC, Rhoden has created woks for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Arizona Ballet, The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, BalletMet, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet, Diamond Project, Philadanco, Marinsky Ballet (Kirov), Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, among others. He has directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater and live performances including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style”, Amici, Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, and the feature film One Last Dance. He has also worked with and/or created works for such high-profile artists as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, ELEW, David Rozenblatt, Nicholas Payton, The Drifters, Paul Simon, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, and Patrick Swayze as well as high-profile dancers such as Carmen De Lavallade, Misty Copeland, Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson, and Gus Solomons, to name a few. Rhoden is a beneficiary recipient of various honors and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, and subsequent induction into the NYFA Hall of Fame, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School’s Apex Award. Rhoden was recently nominated for a Benois De La Dance award for his libretto for Gatsby The Ballet, and received an honorary Doctorate degree from The Boston Conservatory in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.