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

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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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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Directed by:
Andreas Morell
Venue: LINES Dance Center (San Francisco, USA)
Production date: 2012
Duration: 43 min
Production: © Monarda Arts
Resolution: Full HD