Lines Ballet San Francisco, at TNB in November


Choreographer Alonzo King and the contemporary dance company Lines Ballet San Francisco will perform at the Bucharest National Theatre Nov 17, part of the traditional JTI Meetings.

For the first time, this year the JTI Meetings will also reach the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Republic of Moldova in Chisinau, Nov 14. The ballet performances in Chisinau and Bucharest consist of two choreographic moments: “Dust and Light” and “Rasa”. Alonzo King was a choreographer for such famous ballet companies as the Bejart Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Alonzo King’s collaborations with outstanding composers and musicians led to works relying on a diversified set of cultural traditions, enriching the classical ballet with a new expression potential. The choreographer collaborated with saxophone legend Pharoah Sanders and virtuoso percussionist Zakir Hussain, actor Danny Glover and even with shaolin monks. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presented the Mayor’s Art Award to Alonzo King in October 2008, calling him a “San Francisco treasure.” Alonzo King has run the Lines Ballet since 1982. “The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world. There is nothing that is made or formed without a line. Straight and Circle encompass all that we see. Whatever can be seen is formed by a line. In mathematics it is a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth. Lines are in our fingerprints, the shapes of our bodies, constellations, geometry. It implies genealogical connection, progeny and spoken word. It marks the starting point and finish. It addresses direction, communication, and design. A line of thought. A boundary or eternity. A melodic line. The equator. From vibration or dot to dot it is the visible organization of what we see”, this is how Alonzo King explained the company’s name. The first edition of the JTI feature the celebrated Bejart Ballet Lausanne, followed by the Compania Nacional De Danza, Cullberg Ballet, Joaquin Cortes, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant, Gigi Caciuleanu and the Chilean National Ballet. Conductor Seiji Ozawa, the “George Enescu” Philharmonic, pianists Dmitri Alexeev and Valentin Gheorghiu have also been among the guests invited at the JTI Meetings.