Only 5 Shows This Fall: October 12–16, 2022

The internationally celebrated contemporary ballet company is thrilled to continue its 40th Anniversary year with a Fall season featuring tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. Hussain’s mastery of classical Indian percussion have brought him a Grammy award and worldwide renown. His collaborations with Alonzo King renew classical forms, holding respect for the old and ushering in the new with a keen eye for innovation. Don’t miss your chance to see highlights of 25 years of collaboration between these two visionaries.


Blue Shield of California
Theater at Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, October 12 | 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 13 | 7:30 PM**
Friday, October 14 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, October 15 | 7:30 PM**
Sunday, October 16 | 5:00 PM*
*Pre-Performance Family Experience
Purchase together with your October 16 evening tickets to receive a special family discount

*Post-performance Q&A**
Zakir Hussain

The pre-eminent classical tabla virtuoso of our time, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians. Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir has shared many historic and groundbreaking collaborations, including Shakti, Remember Shakti, Masters of Percussion, Planet Drum and Global Drum Project with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, CrossCurrents with Dave Holland and Chris Potter, in trio with Béla Fleck and Edgar Meyer, and, most recently, with Herbie Hancock.

As a composer, he has scored music for feature films, major events, and productions. He has composed three concertos, and his third, the first-ever concerto for tabla and orchestra, was premiered in India in September, 2015, by the Symphony Orchestra of India, premiered in Europe and the UK in 2016, and in the USA in April, 2017, by the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center. A Grammy award winner, Zakir is the recipient of countless awards and honors, including Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, the USA’s National Heritage Fellowship and Officier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters.

As an educator, he conducts many workshops and lectures each year, has been in residence at Princeton University and Stanford University, and, in 2015, was appointed Regents Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is the founder and president of Moment Records, an independent record label presenting rare live concert recordings of Indian classical music and world music. Zakir was resident artistic director at SFJazz from 2013 until 2016, and was honored with both SF Jazz’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 in recognition of his “unparalleled contribution to the world of music” and the 2022 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Arts and Philosophy.

“Live dance and music don’t get better than Alonzo King’s collaboration with tabla master Zakir Hussain.”

—San Francisco Chronicle

What is a Tabla?

“Tabla is the most famous percussion instrument of North India. It is most commonly used in North Indian classical music, but its versatility in all musical styles has enabled it to become the most popular percussion instrument in all of India. The level of sophistication and tonal beauty it possesses has elevated the instrument to an unmatched status in the world of percussion.”

“The tabla is a set of two drums that are played while sitting on the floor. The larger drum, called Bayan, was originally made from clay, but is now constructed of metal (bras, steel, or copper). The Bayan is considered the bass drum of the set, but there is a tremendous range of expression possible by using certain techniques employed by a skilled drummer. The right-hand drum is called the Dahina, and is made of a seasoned hard wood and hollowed out like the Bayan.”

—Written by Eric Phinney for the Bloomingdale School of Music.

“Each instrument has a spirit that can guide you to say what they want you to say… that’s what we are discovering with Tabla.”

—Zakir Hussain


Paid parking is available at several garages nearby. The garages offering the closest access to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are the following:

Yerba Buena Garage
Fifth + Mission
2700 Spaces

Moscone Garage
Moscone Center
710 Spaces

Hearst Parking Center
45 Third Street
806 Spaces

Family Experience at YBCA

Sunday, October 16, 2022 | 2:30 PM


Join us before our Fall Season Sunday performance for an immersive dance workshop for the whole family. Guided by our very own LINES Ballet Teaching Artists, families connect with Alonzo King’s work and philosophy while moving, grooving, and collaborating to create a dance all your own. Families will also get a sneak peek of the LINES Ballet Company dancers in rehearsal and a rare behind-the-scenes tour of the theater!





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Photography: Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Dancer: Maya Harr, © RJ Muna; Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Dancer: Adji Cissoko | © RJ Muna; Zakir Hussain, © RJ Muna; Zakir Hussain | © JimMcGuire; Family Experience Spring 2022 | © David Sigismund

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