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Alonzo King LINES Ballet
World-renowned choreographer Alonzo King founded the LINES Ballet in San Francisco in 1982 and, over the decades, has established a reputation as one of the most exciting names in the ballet world, refining a highly kinetic, sensual, and finely wrought architectural style of dance. In this visually arresting 2012 production, Triangle of the Squinches, King’s choreography builds on architect Christopher Haas’s striking set pieces—a wall of elastic strings that both inhibit and liberate movement, and carefully arranged cardboard planks—that enhance and inform the dancers’ movements, allowing them to play with geometric configurations.
Mickey Hart, one time drummer for the Grateful Dead, has dedicated years of study to the fields of ethnomusicology, world music (he won the very first Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 1991), and the history of drumming. His openness and his willingness to experiment with new inspirations and avant-garde soundscapes results in richly evocative creations like this unusual and immersive ballet score, replete with sounds both terrestrial (rainforests) and celestial (cosmic vibrations).