Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet of San Francisco is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by its uniquely global artistic vision. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and imbue classical ballet with new expressive potential. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography is renowned for its ability to connect audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity—of vulnerability and tenderness, but also of furious abandon and exhilarating freedom.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presented the 2nd Annual Mayor’s Art Award to Alonzo King in October 2008, calling him a “San Francisco treasure, embodying the best of San Francisco, the creative excellence and diverse culture of this city.” In June 2008, Alonzo King was honored with the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award, in recognition of his contribution to “moving ballet in a very 21st-century direction.” The Creativity Award is the third major national award bestowed upon Mr. King in three years, following the US Artists Fellowship (given to the 50 finest artists from all disciplines currently creating work in America), and the Bessie Award for Choreographer/Creator. He has also been the recipient of the NEA Choreographer's Fellowship, the Irvine Dance Fellowship, five Isadora Duncan awards, two honorary doctorates, and the 2007 Community Leadership Award. Seven Company dancers have received the coveted Princess Grace Award, including Laurel Keen (2006), Meredith Webster (2007), and Ashley Jackson (2010).

Alonzo King LINES Ballet has collaborated with legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders; India's national treasure, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain; Bernice Johnson Reagon, founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock; actor Danny Glover; Japanese classical composer Somei Satoh; celebrated Polish composer Pavel Syzmanski; jazz composer Jason Moran; and Nubian oud master Hamza El Din. One of the Company’s great successes was bringing sixteen musicians and dancers from the Lobaye Forest of Central African Republic—the BaAka—for the People of the Forest project. The Company has also received accolades for its collaborative project with the Shaolin monks, an unprecedented synthesis of Eastern and Western classical forms that intertwines martial arts and ballet.

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Persons

  • Arellano, Victor Mateos
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Diaz-Barboza, Jeannette
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Harvey, David
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Henry, Courtney
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Jackson, Ashley
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Keen, Laurel
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Montgomery, Michael
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Rocher, Caroline
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Webster, Meredith
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Whitmore, Keelan
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Zayas, Ricardo
    Classical Ballet / Dancer