Babatunji in Biophony.
Photo by Quinn B. Wharton.
Spring 2009 will feature the return of Signs and Wonders. Set to indigenous music from myriad African tribes, Alonzo King’s Signs and Wonders was originally commissioned by Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) in 1995 and toured worldwide. “Mr. King pays tribute to the wonders of creation with choreography filled with constant changes,” in the words of The New York Times—drawing audiences into a world of evanescent ritual, where the dancers devote themselves to the miracle of transformative movement. This piece will incorporate Alonzo's inspirations from his current travels to Ethiopia. The season also included the World Premiere of Dust and Light.
“Like so many dances by the celebrated choreographer Alonzo King, Dust and Light resembles poetry in motion,” the Boston Globe proclaims. In a landscape that shifts like the clouds, dappling the stage with soft light and then bathing the dancers in silvery radiance, Alonzo King brings out the emotional intimacy of dance. The LINES Ballet dancers move in harmonious counterpoint to each other, setting off the rich variations of Arcangelo Corelli’s Baroque music against Francis Poulenc’s otherworldly sacred choral odes. Each body is replete with radiant potential, as if the stage were filled with a dozen moons—or perhaps with a dozen suns, since, as Alonzo King says, “a tendu isn't just the straightening of the leg but a ray of light radiating from the sun.” As the duets and trios of dancers culminate in an exuberant ensemble, the intimacy of the piece expands and opens outwards, immersing the audience in luminous grace.