Unbound Choreographer Interviews: Alonzo King

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Alonzo King

Alonzo King has directed the San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet since 1982. In addition to choreographing for his own company, King has created works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Frankfurt Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet, and Royal Swedish Ballet. Among his many collaborators are musicians/composers Pharaoh Sanders, Zakir Hussain, Hamza El Din, Pawel Szymanski, Charles Lloyd, and Jason Moran. King’s training philosophy undergirds the programming at Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, which includes pre-professional training, and at Dominican University of California, a LINES-affiliated BFA program. Named a Master of Choreography by The Kennedy Center in 2005, King has received an NEA Choreographer’s Fellowship, a Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award, the Irvine Fellowship in Dance, a Bessie Award, the Doris Duke Artist Award (for his contributions to contemporary dance), several Isadora Duncan awards, San Francisco Foundation’s Community Leadership Award, and the Excellence Award from KGO. Dance Heritage Coalition named him one of America’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures” and San Francisco Museum and Historical Society named him a “San Francisco Treasure.” King has received honorary doctorates from Dominican University of California and CalArts. The Collective Agreement is his first work for SF Ballet.