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LINES Ballet Family Experience
Sat, April 20

Experience LINES Ballet with your family like never before! Join us before our Saturday, April 20 matinee for an immersive dance workshop geared for families and children ages 4 – 10.

Join us for a season of experimentation as Alonzo King LINES Ballet partners with Emmy award-winning Vietnamese musician and composer, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ.

As artists, Alonzo King and Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ are kindred spirits — sharing a mastery of their traditional forms as well as a drive to continually experiment.

A master of the dan tranh zither, Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ is celebrated for her deep knowledge of traditional Vietnamese instruments and musical styles. At the same time, she is one of the only artists in the world fusing these traditions with entirely new sounds and musical ideas. The tones of her instrumentation mimic the vocal vibrations of voices both past and present — breathing new life into the rich culture and legacy of Vietnamese folk music.

Likewise, King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions and extend the possibilities of creative expression in dance. Channeling the understanding that ballet is part art, part science, and part primal intuition, King’s choreography showcases art’s ability to connect us to each other and the world around us.

Both King and Võ are excited to explore notions of the homegrown, identity, modes of storytelling and cultural traditions — and how they shape us as both individuals and societies.

Witness the masterful melding of old and new as King and Võ investigate characteristics shared across communities, cultures and global traditions.

This performance will also feature a revival of Art Songs (2016), reimagined en pointe — set to soaring musical arias recorded by mezzo-soprano, Maya Lahyani.

Spring Gala | April 13 — Join us for LINES Ballet’s annual fundraiser, featuring a cocktail reception, inspiring performance, farm-to-table dinner and an exclusive live auction. >> Learn More

BFA Senior Showcase | April 16 — Witness the accomplishment and artistry of our Senior Class of 2019 as they celebrate their four-year college journey at LINES Ballet | BFA at Dominican University of California. >>Learn More

Post-Performance Q&A with Alonzo King | April 17 & 18 — Join us after our world premiere performance for a special behind-the-scenes look into LINES Ballet’s newest collaboration.

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LINES Ballet Family Experience (April 20 at 12 PM)

Join us before our Saturday matinee performance for an immersive dance workshop for families with children ages 4 – 10.

Move, groove, and jam in an interactive workshop guided by our very own LINES Ballet staff. Connect with Alonzo King’s work and philosophy while collaborating with your family to create a dance all your own. You’ll also get a sneak peek at our LINES Ballet Company dancers in action right before they take to the stage.

Special Matinee Discount: 20% off tickets to Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s matinee performance on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 pm.

**Discount automatically applied when you add both the Family Experience and the matinee performance to your cart. Discounts are limited to the Saturday, April 20 performance at 2:00 PM only.**

Jennifer Homans, The New Republic
"Alonzo King is one of the few ballet choreographers working today who is genuinely thinking and asking his dancers to think, too. Who would have thought that ballet-so historically Western, hierarchical, and white-could be renewed by an African American child of the civil rights movement whose aesthetic vision and inquiring mind are pushing it out of its provincial state into the world."

Ticket Info

Regular Admission: $35–$100

Student and Senior: $25 | Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787

Listed prices do not include standard ticket processing fees. Processing fees are waived when tickets are purchased in person, or by becoming a YBCA Member.

Member Info

Member admission (Individual level and above): 20% off regular admission

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About Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a world-renowned trailblazer, contemporary ballet company, education center and artistic hub in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

For over 35 years, LINES Ballet has challenged and re-imagined traditional ballet, imbuing the art form with bold new life. Each year, the company produces and tours worldwide, bringing thought-provoking original works to sold-out audiences.

Visionary Co-Founder and Choreographer, Alonzo King is a true master of ballet, whose imaginative movement bridges the gaps of East and West, tradition and modernity, and science and art. His inspiration draws upon intimate collaborations with multi-talented artists and the dancers ‒ who bring a rare blend of virtuosity, innovation, and transcendence to the classical form.

As an established arts ambassador, LINES Ballet brings humanity and transformative experience to the forefront of ballet — discovering and igniting the artist in everyone.

This World Premiere with Vân-Ánh Vanessa Võ is made possible by:

Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund

Grants For The Arts

The Bernard Osher Foundation

Season Sponsor:

Alonzo King LINES Ballet benefits from the support of Bank of the West / BNP Paribas Foundation for the development of its projects.

Photo: Alonzo King LINES Ballet | Company Dancer: Madeline DeVries | © Alex Farnum