The Alonzo King Lines Ballet is a professional ballet company that celebrates contemporary dance styles. Founded back in 1982 by visionary choreographer, Alonzo King, the organization has presented shows collaborating with dancers, musicians, composers and artists from all over the world. The main aim of the dance company is to create movements that would reflect the diverse cultures and traditions present all over the world and embody the essence of classical ballet in the contemporary art form. In this manner, Alonzo King aims to create a new expression of contemporary ballet as the choreographer thinks of ballet dancing as not only an art form but a soft science. By studying deeply, the classical techniques and forms and understanding the geometrical principles, Alonzo believes that an altogether new form of language can be created.
Located in the Bay Area of San Francisco, the ballet company is located at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, previously known as the Novellus Theatre. The company kicks off its regular season each year during spring time, usually inaugurating in the month of April and presents shows that constitute of performances by its twelve highly talented dancers. The dancers that complete the team include David Harvey, Ashley Jackson, Caroline Rocher, Meredith Webster, Keelan Whitmore, Ricardo Zayas, Michael Montgomery, Courtney Henry, Kara Wilkes, Zachary Tang, Yujin Kim and Paul Knobloch. With Robert Rosenwasser as the creative director and designer, the composers and musicians that complete the artistic bloc of the company include El Hamideen, Zakir Hussain, Miya Masaoka, Pharoah Sanders, Leslie Stuck, Rita Sahai, Jim McKee and Mickey Hart, amongst numerous others.
The Alonzo King Lines Ballet Company has performed at various venues over the years, adding to their solid repertoire. Some of these venues include the Maison de la Dance, Venice Biennale, the Edinburgh Festival, the Monaco Dance Forum, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Montpellier Danse and the Holland Dance Festival. Currently, the ballet company is scheduled to tour all over California, Missouri, Arizona, Canada, California, Wisconsin and Illinois, so if you wish to catch their upcoming performance, all you need to do is grab your set of tickets without any further delay.
The company was founded by Alonzo King, one of the most reputable and respected choreographers in America. King has worked with the Swedish Royal Ballet, the Ballet Bejart, the Frankfurt Ballet, Alvin Alley, the Hong Kong Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, North Carolina Dance Theatre, the Joffery Ballet and Hubbard St. Some of his most popular collaborative works include the “People of the Forest” that came forward in 2001 and “Long River High Sky” choreographed in 2007. In these acts, King was seen working with African Republics Baka artists and China’s Shaolin Monks, respectively. King has also joined forces with Danny Glover, Zakir Hussain, Hamza al Din and Pawel Szymanski during his regular season performances. Due to his contribution towards the contemporary arts, Alonzo King has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. This award was given by the Corps de Ballet at their International Teacher Conference.
Over the years, Alonzo has been the recipient of several prestigious honors and awards making him not only one of the best choreographers but also one of the highly respected artists. Some of these honors include the Mayor’s Art Awards presented by Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco in 2008, Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award given to him in the same year, the US Artists Award that he received in 2006, Best Choreographer Award given by New York’s Bessie Awards in 2005, Los Angeles Lehman Award, the Hero Award presented by Union Bank and Community Leadership Award presented by the San Francisco Foundation.
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