Alonzo King


Alonzo King is a visionary, sought-after choreographer whose works live in the repertories of leading ballet and modern dance companies. He brings a spirit of experimentation, integrity, and rigor to each rehearsal room, working with artists around the globe to excavate their fullest potential and deepest honesty. Alonzo created and set notable commissions for companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Frankfurt Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Washington Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He continues to create new works for LINES Ballet with world-renown collaborators each year.


Miami City Ballet

Following the Subtle Current Upstream
Kravis Center in West Palm Beach
March 23–24, 2024


Ailey dancers James Gilmer and Coral Dolphin rehearsing Alonzo King's "Following the Subtle Current Upstream"

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Following the Subtle Current Upstream
Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley
April 3, 4 (Cal Performances Gala), 7, 2024


Alonzo King’s work Following the Subtle Current Upstream investigates the deeply rooted affinities between Western and Eastern classical forms, elemental materials, the natural world, and the human spirit. Described by King as “a piece about how to return to joy,” Following the Subtle Current Upstream mirrors life’s boisterous waves and reminds us that everything in nature seeks to return to its source. King’s masterful choreography—set to music by Grammy Award-winning Indian tabla master Zakir Hussain, South African singer Miriam Makeba, and composer Miguel Frasconi—interlinks the dancers in dynamic, ever-changing patterns that stretch into graceful attenuation before they fluidly transform.

Alonzo King's Past Commissions and Licensed Works

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center, New York, NY, Dec 13–14, 17, 23, 27, 30, 2023
American Ballet Theatre, David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, October 27–29, 2023
American Ballet Theatre, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA, March 16–19, 2022
American Ballet Theatre, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, March 29–30, 2022
Ballet Rambert, Hall for Cornwall, UK, May 13–14, 2022
Ballet Rambert, Sadler’s Wells, London, UK, May 18–21, 2022
Ballet Rambert, The Lowry, Greater Manchester, UK, May 25–27, 2022
Ballet Rambert, Brighton Theatre Royal, UK, May 31–June 1, 2022
American Ballet Theatre, Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY, July 7–9, 2022

A Closer Look at Alonzo's Commission for ABT

Photography: Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Dancers: Adji Cissoko and Company | © Jamie Lyons; Alonzo King and former company dancer Laurel Keen | © RJ Muna; Video courtesy of American Ballet Theatre

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