Alonzo King LINES Ballet

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 – Sat Jan 12, 2019

Location

Meany Hall (Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater)
University of Washington Campus
Near the intersection of 15th Ave NE and NE 40th St.
Seattle, WA 98105

Choreographer Alonzo King is renowned for creating work that infuses classical ballet with new expression and expansive histories. With his latest work, Figures of Speech, he explores the power of lost languages, collaborating with slam poet Bob Holman, a leading advocate of linguistic preservation.

Set to a collection of Native peoples' poetry and music, this evening-length ballet is a poignant journey through the sound, movement, meaning and shape of indigenous languages on the verge of extinction.

Reviews

The Unspoken Geometry of Dying Languages

Throughout the world, ancient languages are fading away at an alarming rate. Alonzo King’s Figures of Speech, performed by his LINES Ballet company, aimed to preserve these moribund dialects by conveying the struggle of maintaining each language’s culture. The ballet recently shared pieces of these dialects, which range from the provincial Hawai’ian language spoken by 27,200 people to the extinct Selk’nam language that has no known native speakers, with the Seattle community.

Bringing his San Francisco-based ballet ensemble to the UW’s Meany Hall, choreographer and artistic...

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