May 5-6 7:30pm-9pm; May 7-8 8pm-9:30pm, May 9 2pm-3:30 and 8pm-9:30pm, May 10 2pm-3:30pm
San Francisco based Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to the Joyce Theater with two New York premieres: Writing Ground and Concerto for Two Violins, May 5-10. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by his extraordinary dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity. King works in close collaboration with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world to crete work that draws on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, renewing and transcending traditional ballet.
Writing Ground is a collaboration between King and award-winning author Colum McCann. Premiering in 2010 as a commission for the Monte Carlo Ballet, King was inspired by the shared artistic values of McCann. This emotionally searing and lyrical work is set to a collection of sacred early music from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. Writing Ground “illustrates the power of Alonzo King’s story-telling at it’s height” (Huffington Post), exploring issues that transcend time, love and loss, power and weakness.
Choreographed to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerto in D Minor, first immortalized by George Balanchine in 1941, Concerto for Two Violins is a sleek and sharp salute to ballet’s past while making a continued evolution of neoclassicism. San Francisco Chronicle dance critic, Allan Ulrich wrote that the piece delivered what LINES Ballet audiences have come to expect, “dancing of immense pliancy and emotional resonance by a team of amazingly resilient performers who relish the challenges that King’s choreography throws their way.”
$19-$59 Limited $10 tickets are available.
Presented by Alonzo King LINES Ballet.