”…eloquent and at home in the comforting medium of human touch.”
Celine Kiner, LA Dance Chronicle
Alonzo King LINES Ballet is privileged to return to our hometown stage at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Please join us as we perform a series of stunning excerpts from our nearly forty-year history, as well as AZOTH, one of our acclaimed cross-disciplinary collaborations. To add to the excitement, Alonzo King will speak immediately following the performance on Saturday, November 6th. Your support of our mission and purpose makes live performances possible.
Excerpt, Pie Jesu
World Premiere February 7, 2020
An exclusive encore performance of King’s commission by Grace Cathedral. While it draws inspiration from diverse sacred music traditions, it is a ballet for our times that continues to transcend evolution and gravity.
Excerpt, Over My Head
World Premiere July 12, 2010
Commissioned in 2010 by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, King’s masterful Writing Ground draws inspiration from poems by award-winning author Colum McCann. An emotionally searing and lyrical work, set to a collection of sacred early music from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, Writing Ground challenges the Company to explore new physical territory. Writing Ground “illustrates the power of Alonzo King’s story-telling at its height” (Huffington Post).
THE RADIUS OF CONVERGENCE
World Premiere October 17, 2008
Alonzo King’s choreography exhibits the dignity of motion as well as the tension of intersection; the piece implies a tangled kind of togetherness, in which we all lean towards each other as we turn on our shared, slanted axis. King, with his unique vision of ballet as a universal geometry, sees each limb as a ray of light, and calls upon the dancers to radiate—and they fill the darkened theater with their light.
World Premiere November 7, 2007
This collaboration between Alonzo King and Zakir Hussain is thus both a continuation of a deep tradition–the interdependence of dance and tabla music as art forms–and an expression of the contemporary global vision of both artists. The complex rhythmic systems of tabla, like the technique of western classical ballet, demand the devotion and utter concentration of the artists who practice them; and yet, at the heart of the music and the dance, there is a sense of openness, of arising in joy, of soaring beyond the structures and being held there, aloft.
World Premiere October 1, 2019
The concept of transmuting lead into gold is a symbol of the actual work of alchemy. The idea was to transform the base metals, the Earth, into pure metals. Symbolically speaking, the Earth is humankind. To transmute the lead into gold refers to transforming the mind and the heart, into spiritual gold.
Azoth was believed to be the essential agent of transformation in alchemy. It is the name given by ancient alchemists to mercury, the animating spirit hidden in all matter that makes transmutation possible. Because the Azoth is believed to contain the complete information of the whole universe, it is also used as another word for the Philosopher’s Stone.
The “A” and “Z” in the word relate to the Greek alpha and omega, the beginning and end of all things. The word is meant to embrace the full meaning of the One Thing, which is both the chaotic First Matter at the beginning of the Work and the perfected Stone at its conclusion.
New York Times