SCHEHERAZADE – Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Tabla master Zakir Hussain performs original score for classic tale
Opens October 14th at the Novellus Theater

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Following a stunning premiere for the opening of the Monaco Dance Forum Festival in December 2009, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the celebrated contemporary ballet company, presents SCHEHERAZADE — a timeless tale interpreted through choreographer Alonzo King’s unique lens. This new work will also feature a musical score by renowned tabla master Zakir Hussain, costume design by couturière Colleen Quen and LINES Ballet Associate Artistic Director Robert Rosenwasser, set design by Rosenwasser, multimedia design by Jimmy Latakos and Axel Morgenthaler, and the exquisite dancers of King’s world-class dance company.

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SCHEHERAZADE
Photo, Julie Lemberger

Scheherazade is a re-envisioning of the ancient collection of Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic stories of 1,001 Nights. The new score by King’s frequent music collaborator, tabla master Zakir Hussain, re-interprets the original music by Rimsky-Korsakov, incorporating traditional Persian as well as Western instruments. The group of musicians includes Kala Ramnath (violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (cello); Lynn Taffin (harp); Homayoun Sakhi (rabab); Abbos Kosimov (doira); Mahmood Nejad (nay); and Hussain on tabla.

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ZAKIR HUSSAIN and COLLEEN QUEN

The original ballet adaptation of Schéhérazade premiered in 1910 by the Ballets Russes at the Opéra Garnier in Paris, and featured choreography by Michel Fokine and Rimsky-Korsakov’s existing musical score. Commissioned by the Monaco Dance Forum to inaugurate the Centenary of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Scheherazade honors Diaghilev’s spirit of cutting-edge artistic collaboration, immersing audiences in a luminescent and richly textured world.

The company will also perform HANDEL, Alonzo King’s 2005 ballet set to music by Georg Friederich Handel during the Fall Season. Handel will not be performed on Opening Night as the performance is followed by a gala celebration.
Click here for more information on the: SEASON GALA
Click here for Fall Season ticket information: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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ALONZO KING. Photo, Seán Martinfield

ABOUT ALONZO KING
Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer who collaborates with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists, creating works that draw on diverse sets of deeply rooted cultural traditions and imbue classical ballet with new expressive potential. Alonzo King has been commissioned to create works for the repertories of companies throughout the world including the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Washington Ballet. He has worked extensively in opera, television, and film, and has choreographed works for prima ballerina Natalia Makarova and film star Patrick Swayze. Mr. King has also collaborated with artists such as actor Danny Glover, legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and the Shaolin Monks of China. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, Mr. King has been the guest ballet master for National Ballet of Canada, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Ballet West and others.

ABOUT ZAKIR HUSSAIN
Zakir Hussain is widely recognized in the music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. His playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. A child prodigy, Hussain began touring before he was twelve years old and now tours all over the world, playing over 150 dates each year. He has received numerous awards over the course of his illustrious career in world music, including a Grammy for his collaborative album, Planet Drum. He has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Jack Bruce, Tito Puente, Pharoah Sanders, the Hong Kong Symphony and the New Orleans Symphony.

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SCHEHERAZADE. Monaco Dance Forum Festival, 2009

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