Alonzo King LINES Ballet World Premiere
February 07, 2020
Join us for a world-premiere performance by internationally-celebrated choreographer Alonzo King and his stunning contemporary ballet company, LINES Ballet. Grace Cathedral’s 2019 Artist in Residence, King will continue the cathedral’s year-long exploration of “The Year of the Body” in this culminating event of his residency.
Presented for two nights only, the site-specific ballet draws inspiration from diverse sacred music traditions and investigates the relationship between our spiritual and physical selves. With limited seating for each performance, this is a rare opportunity to experience King’s extraordinary dancers and thought-provoking choreography in an intimate and unique setting. The ballet has been choreographed specifically for the cathedral and will unfold in the spacious nave framed bythe cathedral’s stunning stained-glass windows.
“In his dual role of choreographer and teacher, Alonzo King is training the heart and the mind as well as the body.” – New York Times, 2018
“When Alonzo says, ‘my real work is the transformation of the self,’ he says this as a dance teacher in the deepest sense of the word. Dance helps us to pay attention to that transformation. It is one way our body becomes an instrument for discerning the truth.” – The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young, Dean of Grace Cathedral
About Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Based in San Francisco, Alonzo King LINES Ballet is an internationally-renowned contemporary ballet company celebrating 37 years of transformative performances. Known for reimagining ballet, LINES Artistic Director Alonzo King draws on a diverse set of deeply-rooted cultural traditions and collaborates with noted composers, musicians, writers and visual artists from around the world. The company brings new works of illuminating beauty to Bay Area communities and global audiences of 50,000 each year, touring internationally more than any other dance company of its size. LINES also has a robust educational mission with programs serving 10,000 students annually, including 80+ weekly community dance classes, free in-school education programs and training programs that foster the next generation of artists.
About Grace Cathedral
Grace Cathedral is the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the United States. It welcomes everyone, shares San Francisco’s diverse and innovative character and strives to make the city and the world a better place for all. It is a sacred space and a place for community, through spiritual practice, public engagement, social justice and the arts. For more information, visit gracecathedral.org.
This event is part of Spacious Grace, the cathedral’s annual free-form arts festival when we remove the pews and invoke the muse. Now in its sixth year, Spacious Grace runs from February 7 to 22.