Only 8 Performances: May 13–22, 2022


Alonzo King LINES Ballet kicks off its 40th Anniversary | Spring Season 2022 with the world premiere of a new work featuring Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lisa Fischer performing live alongside the LINES Ballet dancers. The work is set to a score by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran. This is King’s second collaboration with Fischer and his ninth collaboration with Moran.

Fischer, a brilliant vocalist who has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé and Sting, is also an accomplished solo artist. Her 1991 album So Intense garnered her a Grammy Award for the single “How Can I Ease the Pain.” She was also featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom. Fischer is an exciting artistic partner for King, who is noted for his collaborations with celebrated composers, musicians, and visual artists. The season will also include LINES Ballet’s 40th Anniversary Gala, an elegant evening benefiting LINES Ballet’s new works and educational programs.


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

Friday, May 13 | 7:30 PM Saturday, May 14 | 6:00 PM*
Sunday, May 15 | 5:00 PM Wednesday, May 18 | 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 19 | 7:30 PM Friday, May 20 | 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 21 | 7:30 PM Sunday, May 22 | 5:00 PM**
*LINES Ballet Spring 2022 Gala
**Pre-Performance Family Experience (SOLD OUT)
Purchase together with your May 22 matinee tickets to receive a special family discount
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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

Lisa Fischer

Lisa Fischer sang for two decades with legendary vocalist Luther Vandross and released “So Intense”, earning her first Best R&B Performance Grammy with “How Can I Ease The Pain”. She joined the Rolling Stones for their 1989 Steel Wheels tour, and continued to grace their stage for the next 26 years. The 2013 Best Documentary Oscar winning film “Twenty Feet from Stardom” altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey, telling her story, with clips of her legendary duets with Sting or with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter”. Lisa set out on her own reinventing classic songs with her co-conspirators JC Maillard and Grand Baton. Their organic fusion of Caribbean psychedelic soul and jazzy progressive rock ignited Lisa’s flexibility and freedom of expression. Lisa’s passion for constant growth and experimentation with different styles invited recent collaborations with jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Eric Krasno, Talib Kweli, Billy Childs and YoYo Ma, the BBC Proms / Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Anna Deavere Smith’s “Notes from the Field” for HBO, and especially her full evening program The Classic Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton and Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, and the National Philharmonic.

Jason Moran

Jazz pianist, composer, and performance artist Jason Moran is deeply invested in reassessing and complicating the relationship between music and language; his work is geared towards challenging the status quo while respecting the accomplishments of his predecessors. Moran graduated from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Jaki Byard. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. Currently, Moran teaches at the New England Conservatory. Moran has recorded and performed with masters of the form including Charles Lloyd, Bill Frisell, and the late Sam Rivers, and his work with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen), which resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records. He also has collaborated with such major figures as Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Stan Douglas, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker; commissioning institutions of Moran’s work include the Walker Art Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Dia Art Foundation, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Harlem Stage, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Collaborator Conversations

BFA Senior Showcase

Tuesday, May 17 | 7:30 PM


Celebrate the accomplishment and artistry of the Class of 2022! The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2022 Senior Showcase brings our seniors to the beautiful YBCA stage in a celebration of artistic achievement. This one-show-only event also features the second-year students of the LINES Ballet Training Program. Student and group discount available through LINES. Please contact [email protected].

Family Experience at YBCA

Sunday, May 22 | 2:30 PM


Join us before our Spring 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 | Adji Cissoko and Shuaib Elhassan, © RJ Muna; Lisa Fischer and Kara Wilkes, © Quinn Wharton; Lisa Fischer Headshot | © Edward Gadjel; Jason Moran Headshot | © Clay Patrick McBride, Alonzo King LINES Ballet | BFA, © Steve Disenhof

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