Spring Season 2018

World Premiere with Zakir Hussain

April 5-15, 2018

For over twenty years Alonzo King and Zakir Hussain have been pushing the boundaries of creative expression together. This season’s world premiere ballet will marry dance with vibration in a transformational sense, blending the music of the tabla with King’s choreography and the exquisite LINES dancers’ technique. Zakir Hussain, a national treasure and classical tabla virtuoso from India, is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. The complex rhythmic systems naturally encourage movement and King’s choreography combines the principles of transcendental Eastern thinking with the foundation of Western ballet’s classical forms and techniques. This world premiere will be their sixth artistic collaboration and a true celebration of LINES Ballet’s 35th Anniversary.

"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

Thursday, April 5, at 7:30pm
Friday, April 6, at 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 7 - Gala Performance
Sunday, April 8, at 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 13, at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 15, at 2 pm and 6 pm

Tickets go on sale to the general public on February 1, 2018. Early ticket access for LINES Ballet donors begins January 26. To learn more about becoming a LINES Ballet donor, click here.

"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

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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