A Quarterly Video Series for LINES Ballet Donors


LINES REWIND: Fall 2020 Edition

Introducing “LINES REWIND,” a brand new quarterly series that shares exclusive footage from LINES Ballet’s archives with donors of $100+.

Our Fall 2020 edition celebrates Alonzo King’s collaborations with Grammy-nominated jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. These two creative minds were first introduced after Jason attended LINES Ballet’s 2005 performance at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. A conversation soon followed, culminating in the conception of Refraction which marked Jason’s first composition for dance, a score Alonzo calls “sublimely beautiful, both ancient and new.”

Since the premiere of Refraction in 2009, Jason and Alonzo have continued to create unforgettable dialogues between movement and music that illuminate the shared freedom and wonder of their art forms. The following LINES REWIND collection of repertoire excerpts include:

•  The opening sections of Refraction, filmed for Montpellier Danse in 2009

•  A group section from SAND filmed in Creil, France, in 2017

•  The closing pas de deux from their most recent collaboration, AZOTH, featuring Adji Cissoko and Michael Montgomery, filmed during LINES Ballet’s 2019 Fall Home Season

•  BONUS! An unfiltered, unedited 20-minute conversation between Alonzo and Jason, captured at the 2019 Vail Dance Festival


This collection of videos was published on October 15 and will remain available until our next edition early-February 2021. For questions about donor benefits and LINES REWIND access, please contact development@linesballet.org.

AZOTH (2019)

Footage: Recorded in October 2019 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California
Music by: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran
Dancers featured: Adji Cissoko, Michael Montgomery  

SAND (2016)

Footage: Recorded in March 2017 at La Faïencerie Théâtre in Creil, France
Music by: Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran
Dancers featured: Robb Beresford, Adji Cissoko, Madeline DeVries, Shuaib Elhassan, James Gowan, Maya Harr, Courtney Henry, Babatunji Johnson, Yujin Kim, Michael Montgomery

Refraction (2009)

Footage: Recorded in 2009 at Montpellier, France
Music by: Jason Moran
Dancers featured: Brett Conway, David Harvey, Laurel Keen, Caroline Rocher, Corey Scott Gilbert, Meredith Webster, Ricardo Zayas


Footage: Recorded in August 2019 at Vail, Colorado A conversation captured by Nel Shelby Productions during the creation of The Personal Element at the Vail Dance Festival.  


Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran hails from Houston, TX. He’s an alumnus of the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Jaki Byard. Upon graduation, he studied with Andrew Hill and Muhal Richard Abrams. Moran’s 18-year relationship with Blue Note Records produced 9 highly acclaimed recordings. His groundbreaking trio, The Bandwagon (with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits) is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Moran’s performances with Cassandra Wilson, Charles Lloyd, and the late Sam Rivers reveal the scope of Moran’s partnerships and music-making. He’s also worked with visual artists Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, and Kara Walker, Stan Douglas, and others. Recent awards and fellowships include the MacArthur Foundation, US Artists, Doris Duke Foundation, and Ford Foundation. Moran collaborated with his wife, the mezzo-soprano/composer Alicia Hall Moran, as named artists in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, constructing BLEED, a five-day series of live performances spanning Motown to acupuncture to dance. They also created WORK SONGS for the 2015 Venice Biennial and continue to produce albums for their record label, YES RECORDS.

Since his first album, he has produced fourteen additional albums, created scores for Ava DuVernay’s films Selma and 13th, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ staged version of Between the World and Me. History is a recurring theme for Moran, who has mounted monumental touring works for Thelonious Monk (IN MY MIND: Monk at Town Hall 1959), Fats Waller (Fats Waller Dance Party, plus a Grammy-nominated album All Rise: An Elegy for Fats Waller) and James Reese Europe (James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin).

In 2018, Moran’s first solo museum exhibition opened at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, and traveled to ICA/Boston. The exhibition opens at the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2019. Moran is currently the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center, teaches at New England Conservatory and Jazz Ahead, and curates the Artist’s Studio series for Park Avenue Armory in New York City.


Alonzo King and Jason Moran rehearsing at Vail Dance Festival