35 Years of
The company founder and
choreographer discusses his
decades-long creative journey.
By redefining choreographed pieces as “thought
structures,” Alonzo King has changed the way audiences experience ballet — a feat furthered by the
unending list of global collaborators he has tapped
to enhance each performance. As a former commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco,
King has deep roots in the community — and now,
with 35 years of movement, so does Lines Ballet.
MM: Tell me about about your journey with Lines.
AK: Thirty-five years ago Pam Hagen, Robert
Rosenwasser and myself decided to form a dance
company. Our dream was to establish a place where
we could work, create art, develop dancers and share
those works with the world. We have been incredibly fortunate to work with some of the most gifted
artists, creators and thinkers alive. We tour both
internationally and domestically, are celebrating a
10-year BFA program with Dominican University, and
maintain a pre-professional training program (Lines
Dance Center), as well as multiple channels of outreach into our local and national community.
MM: What is one thing you’re most excited about
this anniversary season?
AK: This year, we are thrilled to be reunited with longtime collaborator master tabla player Zakir Hussain.
MM: Where do you look for inspiration?
AK: Nature. Meditation.
MM: What are your hopes for the company going
AK: In the words of Sri Gyanamata, our goal continues to be “more and better.”