Spring Season 2018

World Premiere with Zakir Hussain

April 6-15, 2018

For over twenty years Alonzo King and Zakir Hussain have been pushing the boundaries of creative expression together. This spring, these two masters of rhythm, vibration and transformation will unite for a special world premiere collaboration in honor of LINES Ballet’s 35th Anniversary Season. A national treasure, Zakir Hussain, who will be performing live on stage with sarangi master Sabir Khan, is a classical tabla virtuoso from India widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. His complex rhythmic systems naturally partner with King’s choreography to celebrate the long-standing continuity between transcendental Eastern thinking and Western ballet’s classical forms and techniques.

"This project will serve as a celebration of the long-standing interdependence of dance and tabla music as art forms. It will also honor the evolution of my two-decade long partnership with Zakir." Alonzo King

Performance Dates

Friday, April 6, at 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 7 - Gala Performance
Sunday, April 8, at 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30pm with a post-performance talk
Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 pm with a post-performance talk
Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 15, at 2 pm and 6 pm

Tickets are available on the YBCA Website.

"Hussain has been pushing the limits of his instrument ...and his virtuosity is barely to be believed" Washington Post

Alonzo King LINES Ballet's collaboration with Zakir Hussain was commissioned by World Music/CRASHarts, a not for profit presenting organization located in Cambridge, MA.

The collaboration was also made possible by:
Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund
Lisa Stone Pritzker
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National Endowment for the Arts
The Bernard Osher Foundation
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music

The 35th Anniversary World Premiere with Zakir Hussain was also supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit my project page.

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet benefits from the support of Bank of the West / BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.


For the Company’s touring schedule, click here.

Photo by RJ Muna