Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a contemporary ballet company that has been guided by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King since 1982. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.
The company will perform two works choreographed by King. First on the program is Resin, a piece that moves from intimate duets to the flashing, barely visible footwork of a quartet of dancers, all to Sephardic music. Rare archival field recordings are interwoven with Judeo-Spanish songs by early-music artist Jordi Savall, and the stage is transformed into a shimmering and timeless landscape, as tiny, hardened tears, impressively portrayed by the use of salt, cascade downwards in streams of light.
The final work, Scheherazade, is a re-envisioning of the ancient collection of Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic stories of 1,001 Nights. The dancers of LINES Ballet will present a vision of the transformative potential these stories possess. The new score by tabla master Zakir Hussain reinterprets the original music by Rimsky-Korsakov, incorporating traditional Persian, as well as Western instruments.