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Alonzo King LINES Ballet
January 25 @ 7:30 pm
San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet leaps to uncharted heights with bold new dance innovations that break the mold of what ballet can be. LINES Ballet thrives on collaboration, pairing music from all over the globe with King’s extraordinary dancers who have earned a fiercely loyal devoted public. Alonzo King’s choreography dazzles audiences by digging into the mysteries of movement and bringing honesty and urgent spirituality to the stage. Known for his collaborations with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, King’s latest creation “Biophany” is inspired by animal “soundscapes” from famed bio-acoustician Bernie Krause, PhD. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.
Join us before the show at 6:30 PM for a pre-performance discussion with Ballet Master Arturo Fernandez where he will talk about collaboration in dance choreography and performance. For more than 2 decades Arturo he has been an integral part of the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, the LINES Training Program and the LINES BFA program. He has set Alonzo King’s ballets on companies and universities throughout the US including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Michigan University, to name just a few!
Alonzo King has been called a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look at ballet. King calls his works ‘thought structures’ created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists.
King has works in the repertories of the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Bejart, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has worked extensively in opera, television, and film. Known for collaborations , seminal works include People of the Forest (2001), choreographed with Baka artists from Central African Republic and Long River High Sky (2007), with China’s Shaolin Monks. He has collaborated with actor Danny Glover, legendary jazz saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, Hamza al Din, Pawel Szymanski, Jason Moran, and tabla master Zakir Hussain.
Renowned for his skill as a teacher, Mr. King has been guest ballet master for dance companies around the globe. In 2012 King was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Corps de Ballet International Teacher Conference. King is the director of the international touring Company, Alonzo King LINES Ballet housed in San Francisco with the Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA at Dominican University of California, Training Program, Summer Program, and Dance Center.
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“Gripping, urgently beautiful choreography.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Alonzo King is one of the few, true Ballet Masters of our times. His intimacy with Ballet’s multiple histories has made his choreography rich with the complex refractions that demonstrate a full command of the art’s intricacies…” – William Forsythe, Frankfurt Ballet
“I watched him in our rehearsals and you see how meticulous and what a perfectionist he is – how clear he is on what he wanted. And the movement he elicited from the dancers – it was just so delicious, I had never seen them dance that way before.” – Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
“It is an honor to work with Alonzo. His incredible understanding of the nuances of music make him a composer’s choreographer. It is stunning to watch him print the flow of melody and rhythm on his dancers. I have rarely seen sounds coming alive with such clarity.” – Zakir Hussain
“He gives a new look to people and steps we thought we knew.” – Violette Verdy
“The most sophisticated modernism in classical dance. The number of ballet choreographers who live – and create – solely in the present are so few that one of his distinction must be accounted the artistic equivalent of a shooting star.” – Los Angeles Times