Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet opens its Fall Home Season this week, with two premieres - the first San Francisco performance of Writing Ground, and the world premiere of a new work set to the music of J C Bach.
In a further celebration, the Company also presents the release of its sumptuous new dance photography book.
Writing Ground - commissioned by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo's Artistic Director, Jean-Christophe Maillot, and premiered by the Monaco company in 2010 - was inspired by the writings of internationally acclaimed author Colum McCann, winner of the 2009 National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin which became a best-seller on four continents.
Described as “an emotionally searing and lyrical work”, Writing Ground is set to a collection of sacred early music from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Tibetan Buddhist faiths. King says that he was led to use the sacred music of these different cultures because “Colum’s words made me think of the endless trillions of thoughts that proceed from humanity in our unanimous quest to avoid suffering and attain some ever interesting joy, and how ultimately those words become sacred texts which design our lives”.
Never one to shy away from an intensely creative and highly unusual concept, King uses his visionary choreography to push the physical barriers for his incredibly talented dancers, presenting a work which, according to The Huffington Post, “illustrates the power of Alonzo King’s story-telling at its height”.
Although Colum McCann had learned about the world of dance when writing his novel, Dancer - “a fictionalisation of the life of Rudolf Nureyev”, Writing Ground was his first opportunity to write for dance, “... like setting off on a whole new journey, casting off into uncharted territory,” he said at the time of the Monte-Carlo premiere.
Bach’s Double Violin Concerto sets the scene for the world premiere performance of a new work by LINES Ballet. This concerto has previously provided the inspiration for choreographers such as George Balanchine and Paul Taylor, and San Francisco audiences will be eager to experience Alonzo King’s interpretation of what is probably one of the finest compositions from the late Baroque period.
As if two premieres were not enough to celebrate, LINES Ballet’s new dance photography book has also just been published. Designed by Company Co-Founder and Creative Director Robert Rosenwasser, the book includes text by Alonzo King, and contains some of R J Muna’s glorious images of the Company which have never been published before, as well as photographs by Marty Sohl. A discussion and book signing with King, Rosenwasser and Muna will follow the performance on Sunday, October 27.
LINES Ballet’s Fall Home Season runs from October 25 - November 3, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Lam Research Theater, San Francisco. For further information and tickets, please visit www.linesballet.org or call 415.978.2787.