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Alonzo King LINES Ballet


It’s such an honour to bring to Ottawa a vast world of dance, shaped by some of the most gifted and innovative artists working across a broad spectrum of styles and influences. As we continue to search out the best and brightest dance companies to present to you, our wonderfully receptive and enthusiastic audience, we invite you to explore the new and the familiar on this extraordinary journey of life in motion!

 Alonzo King has been a beacon for contemporary ballet in the US and beyond for over 35 years; a visionary choreographer and director who continues to inspire his dancers, collaborators and audiences wherever the company performs. Always curious, and never one to rest on his laurels, Mr. King’s innovative works for the highly celebrated LINES Ballet investigate and elevate the human spirit with beauty and precision.


Alonzo King was born in Georgia to civil-rights activists Slater King and Valencia King Nelson. 

Though LINES Ballet and Kronos Quartet are both San Francisco-based companies, they only just premiered their first-ever collaboration, to great acclaim.

King recently made a work, Biophony, to the score of animal sounds created by musician and soundscape ecologist Bernie Krause.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Celebrating its 35th year at the forefront of ballet’s evolution, Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a world-renowned contemporary ballet company. Under the leadership of visionary choreographer Alonzo King, LINES Ballet pushes the limits of contemporary dance while showcasing the art form at its very best. Drawing on cultural traditions, scientific principles, and collaborations as diverse and inventive as his choreography, King introduces audiences worldwide to dance that is deeply honest and truly relevant to our world today.

Every spring and fall, LINES Ballet brings new works of illuminating beauty to Bay Area audiences. When not performing at home in San Francisco, the Company travels around the world to share its vision of cutting-edge and transformative dance. LINES Ballet has been featured at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Dance, the Edinburgh International Festival, Montpellier Danse, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, the historic Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, and most recently the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. 

LINES Ballet is proud of its continuing commitment to dance education and community – serving and impacting lives through LINES Community Programs, the LINES Ballet Training Program and Summer Program, the joint BFA Program in Dance with Dominican University of California, and the LINES Dance Center, one of the largest dance facilities on the West Coast.

“The term LINES alludes to all that is visible in the phenomenal world. There is nothing that is made or formed without a line. Straight and Circle encompass all that we see. Whatever can be seen is formed by a line. In mathematics it is a straight or curved continuous extent of length without breadth. Lines are in our fingerprints, the shapes of our bodies, constellations, geometry. It implies genealogical connection, progeny and spoken word. It marks the starting point and finish. It addresses direction, communication, and design. A line of thought. A boundary or eternity. A melodic line. The equator. From vibration or dot to dot it is the visible organization of what we see.”

— Alonzo King


Sutra means string or thread; that which sews and holds things together. The word is related to two Sanskrit words suci, meaning “needle,” and suna meaning “woven.” A sutra is a treatise or theorem condensed into a few words.

Ekam sat — only One exists. In the Vedas the cosmos is said to evolve like a spider’s web out of God’s being. The Lord is the Divine Thread (Sutra) or unifying essence running through all experiences and all expressions of life and matter.

— Yogananda from God Talks With Arjuna

World Premiere, April 6, 2018