Pre-Season Events

Let the Body Speak: An Evening of Spoken Word, Music + Dance

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:30pm
Taube Atrium Theater, San Francisco War Memorial Veterans Building
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102


Language matters.
It's who we are, the essence of humanity.
What is lost when a language dies?
What happens when the body itself becomes a voice?

Spend an evening in a world of treasure and endangered languages with Bob Holman - renowned poet, filmmaker, performer, professor, and activist - as he hosts a polyglot performance that celebrates and provides context for his upcoming partnership with Alonzo King LINES Ballet. This one-night-only event will feature spoken word in endangered languages, live music, and dancers from LINES Ballet.

With over half the world's 7,000 languages at risk of vanishing by the end of the century, Holman has established himself as a leading advocate for language preservation in indigenous communities.

For more about Bob Holman, click here.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Stage Rehearsal + Q&A Session

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:30pm
Laney College Theater
900 S. Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94606


Watch the creative process unfold as the company prepares a new work for its 2017 Spring Home Season. The Alonzo King LINES Ballet Stage Rehearsal will feature excerpts from Alonzo King’s upcoming collaboration with poet and endangered language activist, Bob Holman.

With a career spanning four decades as a filmmaker, performer, professor, activist, and impresario, Holman is also co-founder of the Endangered Language Alliance, which seeks to conserve the linguistic diversity of New York by documenting and revitalizing a rich panoply of immigrant languages. With over half the world’s 6,000-7,000 languages at risk of vanishing by the end of the century, Holman continues to be a leading advocate for language preservation in indigenous communities from Hawaii and Alaska to Australia and Wales. His recorded collection of native people’s poetry and song forms the soundscape of the new work.

Following the Stage Rehearsal, Artistic Director Alonzo King will share insights into his work with an audience Q&A session.

These events are made possible in part by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program.

Endangered Languages graphic by Katherine Disenhof; Stage Rehearsal + Q&A Session photo by RJ Muna.