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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Alonzo King LINES Ballet Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m.

August 4, 2014
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts


Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m.


                  FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 4, 2014 – Alonzo King, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today,” showcases his gifted dancers in Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s first performance at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts.The San Francisco-basedcompanycomes to Fairfax on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

                  This exquisite performance includes King’s critically acclaimed work from 2007, “Rasa,” a deeply evocative and shimmering piece praised by The New York Times as “an intriguing wonder.” “Rasa” is set to a hypnotic score by Grammy Award-winning classical Indian percussionist and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. Tabla is a form of dancing music first found in northern Indian courts in the early 18th century, and according to the LINES Ballet website, “‘Rasa’ is both a continuation of a deep tradition – the interdependence of dance and tabla music as art forms – and an expression of the contemporary global vision of [Alonzo King and Zakir Hussain].” Other works on the program will be announced at a later date.

                  Alonzo King uses scientific and mathematical principles to further develop the language of movement, and creates work that explores the cross-cultural roots of classical ballet. King has collaborated with noted artists as diverse as actor Danny Glover, bassist Edgar Meyer, jazz pianist Jason Moran, former Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, the Kung Fu monks of the Shaolin Temple and Baka artists from the Central African Republic. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award for “moving ballet in a very 21st century direction.” He was also named a “San Francisco National Treasure” by the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society, and a Master of Choreography by the Kennedy Center. King’s works are in the repertories of the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Béjart, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. King’s philosophical and visionary approach was shaped by his family; his father, Slater King, and his uncles, C.B. King and Preston King, were prominent figures in the Civil Rights movement, and his mother, Valencia King Nelson, is the founder of AfriGeneas, an organization dedicated to African ancestry.

                  Founded in 1982, Alonzo King LINES Ballet presents fall and spring seasons to Bay Area audiences each year, while also touring to venues and festivals across the globe, including the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Danse, Edinburgh International Festival, Montpellier Dance, Wolfsburg Festival, Holland Dance Festival and the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. The company offers several programs for professional dancers and aspiring young dancers, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance through the Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Calif. that combines dance studies with liberal arts coursework.

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Program subject to change.


Tickets for ALONZO KING LINES BALLET are $44, $37 and $26. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Single tickets to this performance go on sale on Aug. 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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