Artistic Vision

Alonzo King LINES Ballet nurtures dynamic artistry and the development of authentic, creative expression through dance. We are dedicated to exploring the possibilities of movement from a global perspective, and to renewing – and transcending –traditional ballet.

We are unique among American ballet companies, with a celebrated choreographer who actively develops original new works with other artists from diverse disciplines and cultures. Alonzo King understands ballet as a science – founded on universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution – and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques.

We share our vision of transformative, revelatory dance through performances and outreach activities worldwide. We also cultivate the gifts of developing dancers through the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, Summer Program, the BFA Program in Dance with Dominican University of California, and the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center.

"The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world. There is nothing that is made or formed without a line. Straight and Circle encompass all that we see. Whatever can be seen is formed by a line. In mathematics it is a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth. Lines are in our fingerprints, the shapes of our bodies, constellations, geometry. It implies genealogical connection, progeny and spoken word. It marks the starting point and finish. It addresses direction, communication, and design. A line of thought. A boundary or eternity. A melodic line. The equator. From vibration or dot to dot it is the visible organization of what we see." Alonzo King