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Alonzo King: A Life in Art

Internationally renowned choreographer and the director of the San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet, will deliver a Global Georgia talk today at 11 a.m. in the New Dance Theatre.

 LINES Ballet will perform Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. A pre-concert lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Fine Arts Building Balcony Theatre.

King founded the San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet company in 1982 with a mission to create bold new dance innovations that break the mold of what ballet can be. LINES Ballet thrives on collaboration, pairing music from all over the globe with King’s unique choreography that digs into the mysteries of movement, bringing honesty and spirituality to the stage.

In addition to its biannual home seasons, the company’s international tours have included the Venice Biennale, Montpellier Danse, Maison de la Danse, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Spoleto Festival and Monaco Dance Forum.

The residency by King and the company will also include master classes for students in the department of dance and a talk in the APERO Lecture Series hosted by the Institute for African American Studies and the African Studies Institute. The master class workshop with King and members of the LINES company will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 272 of the Dance Building. King’s APERO lecture and conversation will be at 12:20 Jan. 18 in Room 480 of the Tate Center.

In 2014 King was appointed to the advisory council of the newly established Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, and in 2005 he was named a Master of Choreography by the Kennedy Center.

Welcome to campus, Mr. King. Don't miss these many opportunities to learn from and interact with this extraordinary visiting scholar as well as the LINES company. Sponsored by the UGA department of dance in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts. Part of the Global Georgia Initiative.

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