Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Sax and Dancing 

Wednesday, Oct 15 2008
Leaving behind the staid tropes and easy grace that have been fodder for traditional ballet companies for decades, choreographer Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet creates pieces that resound with a nearly spiritual tenor. King and ensemble delve into global themes, collaborating with fascinating people (monks, pygmies, and world-class musicians, to name a few) to produce works that are both intimate and expansive. This experimental penchant feeds into King’s latest partnership with saxophonist and jazz great Pharoah Sanders, whose polyrhythms and syncopated anarchy are the perfect fit for an ensemble that has danced to the beats of tabla luminary Zakir Hussain and the hypnotic warble of Nubian oud virtuoso Hamza El Din. So while you'll get the requisite balletic beauty, the dancers' movements are more in keeping with the ever-changing rhythms of bodies in motion rather than the rigid precision that might be expected of the form. Sanders' dissonant cadences are used to particularly sublime effect in a guest duet with Muriel Maffre, the former prima ballerina of the San Francisco Ballet.
Oct. 17-26, 8 p.m., 2008

About The Author

Nirmala Nataraj


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment


  • Phish at the Bill Graham Auditorium
    Phish is in the midst of a block of sold out shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (October 27-29). The Monday night concert featured a rare first set opener of “Walfredo” with the band members switching instruments for the song. The evening’s highlights included John Fishman and his iconic vacuum cleaner solo and favorites such as Chalk Dust Torture, Slave to the Traffic Light, Axilla, Rift, 2001 Space Odyssey, and Maze. The show also featured Phish’s debut of a, seemingly impromptu, version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to with roaring approval of the, singing along, crowd. With Game 6 being tonight, partying Phish fans will join Giants fans in Civic Center Plaza where there will be a World Series viewing party on a large screen set up by the City. Photography by Jamie Soja.
  • The 4th Annual Masquerotica 2014 - NSFW
    The theme this year was Carnaval Mystique for the 4th Annual Masquerotica at The Factory. Attendees were entertained by strip dance, trapeze, and live music. Photographs by Calibree Photography.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular