Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers
Alonzo King LINES Ballet dancers Adji Cissoko and Michael Montgomery hop on the matatu in our fourth year of collaboration with the company. It's with great privilege that we present the pair in excerpts from two of Alonzo King's ballets: Figures of Speech and Sutra.
In Figures of Speech, Alonzo King explores the power of lost languages, collaborating with slam poet Bob Holman, a leading advocate of linguistic preservation. Set to a collection of native peoples' poetry and music played live on traditional instruments, the ballet is a poignant journey through the sound, movement, meaning, and shape of indigenous languages on the verge of extinction.
In Sutra, masters of rhythm, vibration, and movement unite in Alonzo King’s most recent collaboration with classical Indian instrumentalists, Zakir Hussain and Sabir Khan. Hussain is a Grammy Award-winning classical tabla virtuoso from India who is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. Vocalist and ninth generation Sarangi master, Khan enthralls audiences across the globe with his rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). Combined, the complex rhythmic systems of their music naturally partner with King's choreography to celebrate the long-standing continuity between transcendental Eastern thinking and Western ballet's classical forms and techniques.