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Scheherazade by Alonzo King, music by Zakir Hussain after Rimsky-Korsakov

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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Cast

Alonzo King — Choreographer, artistic director

Axel Morgenthaler — Lighting

Robert Rosenwasser — Stage design, costumes

Colleen Quen — Costumes

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

David Harvey — Dancer

Courtney Henry — Dancer

Laurel Keen — Dancer

Yujin Kim — Dancer

Victor M. Arellano — Dancer

Michael Montgomery — Dancer

Caroline Rocher — Dancer

Zack Tang — Dancer

Meredith Webster — Dancer

Keelan Whitmore — Dancer

Kara Wilkes — Dancer

Ricardo Zayas — Dancer

Program notes

Out of the pages of the 1001 Nights and onto the ballet stage, the legend of Scheherazade gets a new, modern update in the stirring and singular vision of choreographer Alonzo King, who works his usual magic with highly fluid and energetic movements with the addition of Middle Eastern dance elements and non-Western forms. Minimalistic sets and costumes allow the focus to fall squarely on the spectacular dancers, including David Harvey as the sultan and Laurel Keen as the eponymous storyteller.

Composer Zakir Hussain used Rimsky-Korsakov’s iconic 1888 score—the basis for the opulent 1910 ballet by Michel Fokine and the Ballets Russes—as the starting point toward a uniquely immersive soundscape that incorporates traditional Persian instruments. Hussain’s wonderfully evocative music is a seamless accompaniment to a spectacle that is “both sensual and distant, hot and cool” (The Guardian).

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