Spring Home Season

May 4-14, 2017 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Thursday, May 4 7:30pm
Friday, May 5 8pm
Saturday, May 6 Spring Gala Honorary Chair Ashley Judd
Purchase tickets at linesballet.org/gala
Sunday, May 7 5pm Post-Performance talk with Alonzo King and Bob Holman
Wednesday, May 10 7:30pm
Thursday, May 11 7:30pm Post-Performance talk with Alonzo King
Friday, May 12 8pm
Saturday, May 13 8pm
Sunday, May 14 5pm


This spring, human voices from remote corners of the globe convene on the dance stage as Alonzo King LINES Ballet explores the power of lost languages. Over half the world’s nearly 7,000 languages are at risk of vanishing by the end of the century. Poet and activist Bob Holman is a leading advocate of linguistic preservation and revitalization in indigenous communities. His recorded collection of native peoples’ poetry and song informs the soundscape of a world premiere ballet choreographed by Alonzo King.

Holman understands language in much the same way King regards movement: not merely as a tool of communication, but as a system of consciousness. King’s choreography is often described as poetry; he believes movement and words follow a similar journey from their ideation to the physical world. When plumbed deep enough, both movement and language connect to wisdom far beyond the self. The surviving songs of Sami reindeer herders in arctic Europe or Selk’nam nomads extinguished from their home in Tierra del Fuego all carry imprints of identity and history, encapsulating an ethos of time and place. LINES’ new ballet allows us to consider the moving body and speaking voice each as a universe unto itself - each as a profound way of knowing.

This season will include a Gala on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
Learn more about the Gala

The 2017 spring home season also includes two pre-season events: "Let the Body Speak: An Evening of Spoken Word, Music + Dance" at the San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building and a "Stage Rehearsal + Q&A Session" at Laney College.
Learn more about pre-season events

For the Company’s touring schedule, click here.

This world premiere collaboration was made possible by:
Lisa Stone Pritzker
Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund

Season Sponsor:

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

Learn more about the inspiration behind the spring premiere:

This interview was conducted by Tania Ketenjian, co-founder of SOUND MADE PUBLIC. They create audio experiences for radio, cultural organizations and brands and their work is based on the intersection of three fundamental principles: Art, humanity and communication.

Photo by RJ Muna