Fall Season 2023 | October 12–15

4 Performances Only

Now in its 42nd year, internationally acclaimed contemporary ballet company—Alonzo King LINES Ballet—will present exquisite moments from repertoire spanning 24 years. The organization’s home Fall Season in San Francisco, October 12–15, will highlight repertoire that showcases the range of King’s works that embody all that LINES represents, from the contemplative and heart-wrenching to joyful and cathartic. Featured in the program are elegant passages from King’s Suite Etta (1997), Following the Subtle Current Upstream (2000), Dust and Light (2009), Writing Ground (2010), Resin (2013), and Child of Sky and Earth (2021), a solo originally choreographed for NYC Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck.

In addition to the exceptional artistry of its dancers, LINES Ballet is known for its long-standing work with some of the world’s most sought-after musical collaborators. This fall, the company joins musical forces with the warm baritone voice of GRAMMY Award-winning artist Gregory Porter and South African singer-songwriter Miriam Makeba, with music that represents a range of traditions—blues, Italian baroque, pop, and jazz, along with Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Tibetan Buddhist music. The season seeks to answer the very basic question of what it means to be human through movement, music, and the power of sharing the experience together.


The Fall Season is generously sponsored by Bank of Montreal.


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


Show Dates

Thursday, October 12 | 7:30pm
Friday, October 13 | 7:30pm*
Saturday, October 14 | 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15 | 5pm**
*Post-performance Q&A with Alonzo King
**Pre-performance family experience at 2:30pm for families with children ages 4–12. Tickets are purchased separately.

“We were fortunate to work with some of the greatest musicians on the planet during the past 40 years. And if you could choose masterful composers from around the world, why would you limit yourself to one genre? A lament is a lament, regardless of its place of origin. I simply want to work with tuning forks that vibrate truth. For movement and sound are both vibrations; they are inextricably linked.”

—Alonzo King


Paid parking is available at several garages nearby for our Fall Season 2023. 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 15 | 2:30pm
Tickets: $20 per person

Former LINES Ballet Family Experience participants dancing together in a studio at the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA

Join us for an immersive dance workshop for the whole family. Guided by our very own LINES’ Teaching Artists, families with with children ages 4–12 will connect with Alonzo King’s work and philosophy while moving, grooving, and collaborating to create a dance all their own. Families also get a sneak peek of the LINES Ballet Company Dancers in rehearsal before they take the stage for the Sunday evening performance.

Don’t forget to buy your Fall Season tickets as well so the whole family can enjoy the performance. With the purchase of your ticket for the Family Experience, you’ll receive $5 off your Fall Season ticket.

Please Note: During the event, we will walk up and down stairs. For our patrons with mobility concerns, we are more than happy to accommodate you. Please contact us at info@linesballet.org so we can make the proper arrangements.


Student Matinee at YBCA

Wednesday, October 18 | 11am–12pm
Prices vary

Two kids at LINES Dance Center standing back to back in LINES shirts, holding their arms out to the sides and smiling

Alonzo King LINES Ballet invites grades 3rd–12th to YBCA’s Blue Shield of California Theater to experience a 30-minute contemporary ballet performance followed by a lecture demonstration and artist Q&A. Students can experience exquisite moments from Following the Subtle Current Upstream and Dust and Light, two iconic ballets from the dance company’s 42-year history. Afterwards, LINES Ballet’s Artistic Director Alonzo King and the company dancers will give a brief demonstration of contemporary and classical ballet, discussing how they generate movement and dances that highlight the uniqueness of each artist. The dancers will get everyone moving at their seats, and then several students will be invited on stage to generate movement for the dancers to learn and perform. The student matinee will wrap up with a Q&A with Alonzo King and company dancers.

Registration Details: After you submit a completed form for your school or class, you will receive an automatic email response that we received your application in our system. Your registration is not confirmed until you then are contacted by a LINES representative. They will confirm the number of attendees from your school and provide you with important information regarding arrival and check-in as well as a digital study guide for you and your school. Space is limited.






Photography: Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Dancer: Maya Harr | © RJ Muna; Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Dancers: Madeline DeVries and Shuaib Elhassan | © RJ Muna; LINES’ Family Experience | © David Sigismund; Kids at LINES | © Lawrence Luk

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