Alonzo King's LINES Ballet

By Ferda Mehmet, student intern of CHASS College Computing

dancerOn Friday April 11th, 2003, the UCR Cultural Events and the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts presented the Alonzo King's LINES Ballet performance from 8-10pm at the University Theatre. Choreographer Alonzo King is a major presence in contemporary dance and creates work for various Ballet performances such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ballet Frankfurt, and the Joffrey Ballet. LINES Contemporary Ballet, King's own outstanding company, features dance performers who are among the finest ballet has to offer today. In collaboration with LINES' extraordinary dancers, King has developed a personalized dance language that is characterized by a vocabulary based in classical ballet and is influenced by modern and ethnic forms. The dancers are precise, expressive, and charismatic. They are distinguished by their technical brilliance, as well as their daringness and generosity as performers.

In conjunction with UCR Cultural Events' presentation of Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, the Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts sponsored an event called Conversation with the Choreographer on April 10th, one day prior to the actual performance, at the UCR California Museum of Photography at 7:30PM. This pre-performance talk was open to the public and designed to give the audience some background about the choreographer and the dances they were about to see. Moderator of the pre-performance talk Roxanne Fenton said, "The goal was to help the audience get more out of the performance and to make the process of attending the concert dance more familiar and comfortable."

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