Artistic visionary and Bay Area treasure Alonzo King invites you to a world premiere with his internationally celebrated contemporary ballet company. Absorb the stunning vocals of Grammy Award-winning singer Ms. Lisa Fischer as she performs live alongside the company dancers. King’s heart-stirring choreography will be backed by large-scale visuals from Richard Misrach, one of the most influential photographers of his generation.
Blue Shield of California
Theater at Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts
700 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
|Saturday, April 15* | 4:30 PM|
|Sunday, April 16 | 5 PM|
|Wednesday, April 19 | 7:30 PM|
|Thursday, April 20 | 7:30 PM|
|Friday, April 21 | 7:30 PM|
|Saturday, April 22 | 7:30 PM|
|Sunday, April 23** | 5 PM|
World premiere performance followed by a post-show cocktail reception, an elegant dinner, live auction, and words from founder Alonzo King
|**Pre-Performance Family Experience at 2:30 PM|
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.
For over 50 years, Misrach has photographed the dynamic landscape of the American West through an environmentally aware and politically astute lens. His visually seductive, large-scale color vistas powerfully document the devastating ecological effects of human intervention, industrial development, nuclear testing and petrochemical pollution on the natural world. His best known and ongoing epic series, Desert Cantos, comprises 40 distinct but related groups of pictures that explore the complex conjunction between mankind and nature. Otherworldly images of desert seas, rock formations, and clouds are juxtaposed with unsettling scenes of desert fires, nuclear test sites, and animal burial pits. Recent chapters capture the highly charged political climate following the 2016 US presidential election through photographs of spray-painted graffiti messages scrawled on abandoned buildings and remote rocky outcroppings in desolate areas of the Desert Southwest.
Other bodies of work include Golden Gate, a careful study of times of day, weather, and light around San Francisco’s famed bridge; On the Beach, aerial views of individuals and groups against a backdrop of water and sand; Notations, ravishing landscapes and seascapes in a reversed color spectrum; Destroy This Memory, a haunting document shot with a 4-megapixel pocket camera of graffiti found in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; and Petrochemical America, an in-depth examination of petrochemical pollution along the Mississippi River produced in collaboration with landscape architect Kate Orff.
Paid parking is available at several garages nearby for our Spring Season 2023. The garages offering the closest access to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts are the following:
Celebrate the accomplishment and artistry of the Class of 2023! The grand finale to their four-year college journey, the 2023 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. For student and/or group discounts, please contact Jordan Wanderer, BFA Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 their 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!