Alonzo King has been called “a visionary choreographer, who is altering the way we look and think about movement.” King calls his works ‘thought structures’, created by the manipulation of energies that exist in matter through laws, which govern the shapes and movement directions of everything that exists. Named as a choreographer with “astonishing originality” by the New York Times, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has been guided by his unique artistic vision since 1982.
King has works in the repertories of the Royal Swedish Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Bejart, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hong Kong Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and many others. He has collaborated with distinguished visual artists, musicians and composers across the globe including Pharaoh Sanders, James Campbell, Hamza El Din, Pawel Szymanski, Jason Moran, Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, King was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Corps de Ballet International Teacher Conference in 2012.
An internationally acclaimed guest ballet master, his training philosophy undergirds the educational programming at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center of San Francisco, which includes the pre-professional Training Program, Summer Program, and BFA Program at Dominican University of California. King’s work has been recognized for its impact on the cultural fabric of the company’s home in San Francisco, as well as internationally by the dance world’s most prestigious institutions. Named Choreographer of the Year by Danza & Danza in Italy and a Master of Choreography by the Kennedy Center in 2005, King is the recipient of the NEA Choreographer’s Fellowship, the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award, the Irvine Fellowship in Dance, the US Artist Award in Dance, NY Bessie Award, and the National Dance Project’s Residency and Touring Awards. In 2014, King was appointed to the advisory council of the newly established Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University; in 2015 he received the Doris Duke Artist Award in recognition of his ongoing contributions to the advancement of contemporary dance. Joining historic icons in the field, King was named one of America’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2015. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom presented the Mayor’s Art Award to Alonzo King in October 2008. He also received the Barney Choreographic Prize from White Bird Dance in April 2013, numerous Isadora Duncan awards, the San Francisco Foundation’s 2007 Community Leadership Award, the Hero Award from Union Bank, the Lehman Award, and the Excellence Award from KGO. In October 2012, the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society named Alonzo King a “San Francisco Treasure.”
He is a former commissioner for the city and county of San Francisco, and a writer and lecturer on the art of dance; his contributions appear in the books Masters of Movement: Portraits of American Choreographers and in Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Dominican University of California, the Green Honors Chair Professorship from Texas Christian University as well as an honorary Doctorate from CalArts.
Today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon, Zakir Hussain is one of the greatest musicians of our time. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors. Along with his legendary father and teacher, Ustad Allarakha, he has elevated the status of his instrument both in India and around the world. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study.
Widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar, Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland, and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers.
His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April 2009, with four widely-heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series.
Sabir Khan was born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, and he belongs to a Sikar Gharana of music who have introduced several stalwarts to Indian classical music. He is the ninth generation of his family to take up Sarangi and is considered one of the beacons of the younger generation and a wonderful product of talented lineage.
Sabir’s great grandfather, Ustad Azim Khan, was a court musician at Sikar, Rajasthan. Sabir began learning about music when he was six years old through his grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan, who was a great sarangi player and vocalist and, soon after, he began training with his father, world renowned sarangi player and vocalist Ustad Sultan Khan, and from his late uncle Ustad Nasir Khan.Sabir is well known today for his delicate mastery of sarangi. His technique of playing is a rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). He has already remarkably learned most of his legendary father’s entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on the instrument. Indeed a chip off the old block.
Beside being a classical music artist he is equally interested in other forms of modern-day Indian music and has played with artists such as gazal maestro Ustad Gulam Ali, Talat Aziz, Asha Bhosle and recently performed on the album of the great Lata Mangeshkar. Sabir has also performed on the soundtrack to several feature films like Chameli, Rog, Dor, Anwar, Sanwariya, Chodon na yaar and Jodha Akbar, to name a few.
Scott Bolman’s work has been seen in New York at the Lincoln Center Festival, Performa Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, FIAF, The Kitchen, Prototype Festival, The Women’s Project, Judson Church and others. Regionally, he has worked at venues that include Goodspeed Opera, Studio Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, Trinity Repertory Theater and LA Opera/REDcat. International work includes Failing to Levitate in My Studio (Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Athens), MIDNIGHT (Radialsystem V, Berlin), Waiting for Godot, Antigone (Benaki Museum, Athens) and Darkling (Melkweg, Amsterdam). His long history of collaborations with Robert Wilson include Der Sandmann (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus), Zinnias (Peak Performances), The Odyssey (National Theater of Greece) and KOOL (Guggenheim NYC).
Scott Bolman will also be working on an upcoming Robert Wilson exhibition at the Max Ernst Museum (Brühl, Germany). He is a founding member of Wingspace Design Collective.
David Finn is a set and lighting designer who has worked extensively in dance, opera, and theater. He began his career as a lighting designer for the master puppeteer Burr Tillstrom in the television show Kukla, Fran & Ollie.
Finn was a resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project. Working with such choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham, Sasha Waltz and Liam Scarlett, his designs have also been seen at the Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Australian Ballet, Bayerisches Staatsballett, and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
David Finn has an extensive opera career as well, working with major houses throughout the world including the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala Milan, the San Francisco Opera and the Royal Opera. In film, Finn’s work includes stage lighting for Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, and he was producer/director of the PBS documentary The Green Monster. Finn has designed lighting for two Cirque du Soleil shows: Zed in Tokyo, and Michael Jackson ONE in Las Vegas.
Robert Rosenwasser shapes the aesthetic and artistic direction of each project at the Company, including conceptual design and production. In addition to his work with the Company, he has designed for Ballet de Monte Carlo, Ballet Béjart, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Rosenwasser has also collaborated with artists and poets, including Richard Tuttle, Kiki Smith, Laurie Reid, Kate Delos, Rena Rosenwasser, Mei‑mei Berssenbrugge and Barbara Guest, designing fine press books. His work can be found at the New York Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Books and Illustrated Prints, at the Whitney Museum, and at the Spencer Collection of the New York Public Library.
Born in Enghien-les Bains, France, Muriel Maffre received her ballet training from the Paris Opéra Ballet School and Paris National Conservatory of Music, from which she graduated with a Premier Prix with honors. Prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 1990, Muriel danced with the Hamburg Ballet and Monte‑Carlo Ballet. She retired from San Francisco Ballet with a Farewell Gala on May 6, 2007. Muriel continued her work in dance education and public humanities with institutions such as the Richmond Art Center, Stanford University, the Oakland Museum of California, the Cantor Art Center, and most recently, the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco.
Her honors and awards include Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters (France, 2008), Visiting Fellow (Cornell University, 2008), Arts Honoree (French American School Soirée des Arts, 2008), Gold Medalist (Paris International Dance Competition, 2004), Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance (1990, 2002). Muriel holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California and an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, California. Muriel joined LINES Ballet in November 2017.
Music composed and recorded by
Zakir Hussain & Sabir Khan
II. Aao ji
III. Pir, pt I
VII. Pir, pt 2
IX. Naubat Drut
Jeffrey Van Sciver
Sound Design: Philip Perkins
Audio Engineers: Neil Godbole (Engineer, Producer, Owner of Airship Laboratories & Mujeeb Dadarkar
Costume Construction: Joan Raymond
Costume Shop: Keely Weiman, Hoa Lam, Kristen Mellberg, Alea Gonzalez, Victoria Mortimer & Chanterelle Grover
Prop Costumes Construction: Keely Weiman & Joan Raymond
Scenic Construction: Brandon Murphy & Department of Spontaneous Combustion
SUTRA was made possible by: Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund, Lisa Stone Pritzker, Battery Powered, National Endowment for the Arts, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
The creation of SUTRA was commissioned by World Music/CRASHarts, a not‑for‑profit presenting organization located in Cambridge, MA.
The 35th Anniversary World Premiere with Zakir Hussain was also supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Baisley Powell Elebash Fund, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and an Anonymous donor.
Alonzo King LINES Ballet benefits from the support of Bank of the West/BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.