LINES Ballet

Alonzo King's San Francisco-based LINES Ballet has a name that shortchanges its work. King's choreography displays mind-blowing feats of flexibility and technique, yet he crafts far more than impressive body lines. He fuses multicultural dance with classical ballet, and his hybrid vision includes the musicality and movement quality of non-technical dance. The results are nuanced shapes, risky partner-work, and heavily contrasted movement themes. As part of the UW World Series, the LINES company will perform Dust and Light and Scheherazade, both relatively recent works from 2009. The former features impeccable flow and creature-like floor work, set to an equally exquisite baroque soundtrack. Scheherazade showcases innovate point work that could even make a prima ballerina tilt her head in fascination. King's choreography is daring while still accessible, making this a great show to attend for dancers and non-dancers alike. AARON GORDON

Nov. 17-19, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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