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Through-LINES: The Art of Ballet @836M

35th Anniversary Gallery Exhibition | SEPT 29 - JAN 31

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In celebration of our 35th Anniversary, LINES Ballet presents a retrospective exhibition highlighting the company’s outstanding multi-disciplinary collaborations at the non-profit gallery 836M. Through-LINES is an immersive journey along the creative strands that have sustained the growth of LINES Ballet and the work of its founders, Doris Duke Artist-awardee Choreographer Alonzo King and Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser for over three decades.

A focal point of the exhibition is a new video installation on glass panels by filmmaker Kate Duhamel. Life-size moving images of LINES Ballet dancers imbue the gallery space through a play of translucence and superimposed projections. Accompanying Duhamel’s piece is a model of Exploded Views (2011-12), an LED sculptural installation created by acclaimed artist Jim Campbell in collaboration with LINES Ballet for SFMOMA. In this installation, Campbell explodes the moving images of the dancers into a 6x3x3ft grid of flickering LED lights, creating a three-dimensional space of light and shadow modulated by the moving bodies of the dancers.

The space features 40 iconic digital images by award-winning photographer RJ Muna. The unique, ten-year-long collaboration between LINES Ballet and RJ Muna conveys the singular artistry of the LINES Ballet dancers and choreographic voice of King. Muna’s photographs, taken between 2009 and 2018, retrace LINES’s unending quest to explore the fearless, the luminous, and the singular in each and everyone through dance.

On view is also an innovative kinetic set, created by San Francisco cutting-edge architect Christopher Haas in 2011 for King’s ballet, Triangle of the Squinches. In the gallery, a part of the set anchors multiple video screens recalling live performances of the ballet.

The gallery also displays a sound installation honoring the recent collaboration with sound pioneer and bio-acoustician Bernie Krause. This installation combines the soundscape of ecosystems that LINES Ballet uses for the ballet Biophony (2015) with spectrograms. Unique to the exhibition is a floor-to-ceiling scroll handwritten by Alonzo King, imparting his thoughts about movement, body, shape, space, consciousness, and the spirit.

Our partnership with 836M honors the art of ballet as a contemporary multi-media living art form. Join us in honoring the company’s creative evolution and contribution over the last 35 years.


Thirty-five years of outstanding, multi-disciplinary collaborations for the stage place Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the forefront of artistic innovation in ballet. These collaborations give LINES Ballet unique opportunities to investigate deeply rooted affinities between Western and Eastern classical forms, elemental materials, the natural world, and the human spirit. Utilizing as starting point the inherent, expressive properties of movement and line, LINES Co-Founders, Choreographer Alonzo King and Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser, collaborate with contemporary artists to explore along underlying through-lines: body and consciousness, movement and stasis, and intuition and reason. Intricate and subtle in focus, these connective themes are paradigm-changing for ballet, an art form that through history has been mostly representational, hierarchical, and externalized.

Each using their own vocabulary— here, light and body with visual artist Jim Campbell, photographers RJ Muna and Jamie Lyons, and filmmaker Kate Duhamel; metal, paper, fiber, and space with architect Christopher Haas; natural sounds and time with Bernie Krause— these collaborators open new dimensions of what is deeply felt and deeply thought and help to engender the transformative power of art. At LINES Ballet, the artistic investigation is infinite and essential for it leads to what unites us as human beings: empathy, joy, and the ability to transcend.

Robert Rosenwasser, Curator, LINES Ballet Creative Director
Muriel Maffre, Director, LINES Ballet CEO

Alonzo King LINES Ballet wishes to extend special thanks to Julie and Sébastian Lépinard, Agnès Fauré and 836M Gallery, Alonzo King, Robert Rosenwasser, Blow Up Lab, Jim Campbell, Kate Duhamel, Christopher Haas, Bernie Krause, Jamie Lyons, RJ Muna, Colleen Quen, and Marty Sohl.

Photo Credit: Meredith Webster | Alonzo King LINES Ballet | © RJ Muna


Date: Sept 29 – Jan 31
Time: Mon – Wed | 12 PM – 6 PM
(On Mon and Wed, the gallery opens at 11 AM)
Cost: Free


836 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133 United States
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