2018-11-16 20:00 2018-11-17 22:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Guided by the visionary creator Alonzo King, LINES Ballet was an instant sensation when it made its NAC debut in 2013.  King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, infusing classical ballet technique with exuberant and expressive potential. In honour of the company’s 35th Anniversary, he reunites with the classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain to collaborate on a dynamic fusion of rhythm and movement to showcase the company’s brilliant...

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Southam Hall,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
November 16 - 17, 2018

≈ 80 minutes · No intermission

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Last updated: November 14, 2018

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


Music composed and recorded by
Zakir Hussain & Sabir Khan

I. Naubat
II. Aao ji
III. Pir, pt I
IV. Ghar
V. Gangor
VI. Moorsing
VII. Pir, pt 2
VIII. Chondka
IX. Naubat Drut

Robb Beresford
Adji Cissoko
Madeline DeVries
Shuaib Elhassan
James Gowan
Ilaria Guerra
Maya Harr
YuJin Kim
Ashley Mayeux
Michael Montgomery
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.

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