The Propelled Heart

Premiered November 2015

Of his aspiration to work with Grammy Award winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer, Alonzo King says, “Lisa Fischer is a brilliant artist with a fully throbbing heart and expansive mind. She is an inspiration of sound, body, and being.” With a voice resplendent in its strength and range, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé and Sting. The twelve dancers of LINES Ballet are her newest collaborators in The Propelled Heart, a work that pays tribute to the power of song. King explores the kinetics of the human voice, revealing the communicative potential of the body as an instrument, and also as vocal chord. The piece is a voyage; standing sentinel at the inchoate, pre-verbal beginning, Ms. Fischer impels the dancers’ evolution. Under her gaze they radiate, churning noise into harmony, hearts ablaze.

This world premiere collaboration was made possible, in part, by the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund.

The Propelled Heart with Lisa Fischer was also supported by New Music USA. Visit the project page.

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