artistic statement

VCB in Exile w Laura & Shannon  in Boogie Down Dance Series 2012 Made In The Bronx May 4th @ BAAD.jpg

VISIONS Contemporary Ballet is a vehicle through which my voice can be heard. Having had family members affected by cancer and being a brain cancer survivor myself, in the fight for health, having a voice through dance is my passion. I choreograph to inspire and motivate people. My work is passionate and cutting-edge, using an inclusive dance vocabulary. The choreography, requiring articulated bare feet and precision pointe work, takes audiences on a self-reflective journey. The dancers move seamlessly through many genres--ballet, modern, jazz, African, Latin, and traditional spiritual dance. These dance forms, often combined within a single work, wrap into a contemporary ballet style. The foundation of the movement consists of ballet technique using ballet lines and adds on modern technique using very low-grounded floor work with elements of African dance.

My work is based on the human experience. Each ballet tells a story and relays universal messages about emotions, beliefs, and ideas. I enjoy creating work that is collaborative with artists from other arts disciplines, including varying music genres, incorporating videography and fusing different types of art genres into my work. I choreograph to provoke thought, educate and bring joy. VISIONS Contemporary Ballet is an ethnically diverse contemporary ballet company that exudes strength and passion in every piece, to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages, abilities, communities and backgrounds.

 

                                                                                                     Ranardo-Domeico Grays, Founder/Artistic Director VISIONS Contemporary Ballet

 

 

 

 

choreographic works

Through The Valley
Length: 30 minutes
1. Transcendence
2. Birth (view here)
3. Deja Vu
4. Visitation
5. Exile (view here)
6. Respiration

 

Roots
Length: 25 minutes
1. Touched
2. Rise  
3. Graciousness (view here)
4. Testimony
5. Confirmation


Beautiful Madness
Length: 13 minutes (view here)
1. Wounded Past
2. Stolen Self
3. Armondo

Dash-Between
Length: 20 minutes (view here) 
1. Fighting Light
2. 'Til It's Done
3. Cradle
4. Felt
5. Smudge

Caught: 100 Dove
Length: 13:30 minutes (view here)
 
Dust
Length 9 minutes (view here)
 
Peace Be Still
Length: 10 minutes (view here)
 
Sleek White Candle
Length: 10 minutes (view here)

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