Flushed with the success of a sold-out season in Paris, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet opens its 2014 Spring Home Season this evening, May 21. As always, there’s a world premiere to look forward to - described as “a provocative new ballet” - entitled The Steady Heart.
As is his custom, King doesn’t divulge much in the way of advance detail about his new ballet, simply describing it as a work which “combines sophisticated modernist choreography with the physical elegance of the LINES Ballet dancers”. We know, however, that it’s set to music by contemporary composers John Oswald, Michael Jon Fink and Peter Garland, and also that we can expect something highly imaginative.
The program also features three excerpts from King’s existing repertoire - a quintet from his 2008 work, The Radius of Convergence, set to music by jazz legend Pharoah Sanders and bassist Edgar Meyer; excerpts from King’s 1996 work, Klang, with music by Miguel Frasconi; and excerpts from the 2002 work Koto - music by Miya Masaoka.
This season sees three LINES dancers making their farewell appearances. Meredith Webster’s farewell marks a transition from dancer to the Company’s Ballet Master. A recipient of the Princess Grace Award, and the Chris Hellman Dance Award, Meredith has been dancing with LINES Ballet since 2005. Caroline Rocher, a former principal dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem, who has been with LINES Ballet since 2007, departs after this season, and David Harvey - an alumni of the LINES Ballet Training Program - who has been dancing with the Company since 2008, is also making his final appearance.