Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Yardley Hall

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Using Native peoples' poetry and music, this ballet takes a poignant journey through indigenous languages on the verge of extinction.


Choreographer Alonzo King is renowned for creating work that infuses classical ballet with new expression and expansive histories. With his latest work, Figures of Speech, King collaborates with slam poet Bob Holman, a leading advocate of linguistic preservation. Set to a collection of Native peoples' poetry and music, this evening-length ballet is a poignant journey through the sound, movement, meaning and shape of indigenous languages on the verge of extinction. 

New York Times interview with Alonzo King. The Choreographer Alonzo King: No Fancy Plans, Just Dance