ALONZO KING LINES BALLET OPENS THE 2017 – 2018 PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL SERIES WITH BIOPHONY AND THE PROPELLED HEART
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017 | BYHAM THEATER
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to join us for the opening of the Pittsburgh Dance Council’s 2017 – 2018 season with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in The Byham Theater located at 101 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Alonzo King LINES Ballet brings The Propelled Heart and Biophony to Pittsburgh to engage audiences in an environment of exquisite song and sound.
The Propelled Heart is a work that comes to us out of King’s aspiration to work with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer. The Propelled Heart is a work that pays tribute to the power of song. King explores the kinetics of the human voice, revealing the communicative potential of the body as an instrument and vocal chord. The piece is a voyage; Ms. Fischer impels the dancers’ evolution. Under her gaze they radiate, churning noise into harmony.
Alonzo King says, “Lisa Fischer is a brilliant artist with a fully throbbing heart and expansive mind. She is an inspiration of sound, body, and being.” With a voice resplendent in its strength and range, Ms. Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, and Sting.
Biophony, in collaboration with natural soundscape artist Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford, had been called “riveting” by the San Francisco Chronicle. For more than forty years, Krause has traveled the globe with microphones tuned to the earth and its creatures. His vast archive catalogs the collective sound of entire ecosystems – what Krause terms biophony. From the rainforests of Borneo to a waterhole in Kenya, from the Alaskan tundra to a meadow high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, his recordings carry imprints of habitat in peril.
Onstage these soundscapes reveal an intricate living orchestra cradling nature. The dancers’ senses are heightened amid calls of killer whales and tree frogs; their sweat seems to mingle with the mud, salt, and dust of their new sonic environments. They dance without ego, immersed in their song, unaware of being watched. We see classical technique refracted, distilled to an elemental purity that reminds us of our fellowship with all creatures. Biophony takes place, not at the threshold of the civilized and primal, but at the rejoining of two worlds never meant to be apart.
James Gowan, Point Park University Alumnus and current company member from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, had this to say when commenting on the performance to come, “The two pieces that we will perform could not be more contrasting. One ballet is set to the natural soundscapes of full-scale ecosystems. The dancers embody animalistic qualities that transcend with King’s choreographic profundity. The second ballet is a brilliant duet of the dancers melding their movement with the voice of Lisa Fischer. This partnership resonates deep down and expands the minds of the audience of the capabilities of the human body.”
Beyond their performance at the Byham Theater, the company will plan to conduct master classes at Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts from Sunday, October 8 – Tuesday, October 10. Through Point Park’s regular series of welcoming industry professionals and renowned guest artists, past guest artists have included David Parsons, Doug Varone, members of Pilobolus’ Shadowland, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions’ Desmond Richardson.
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s high-quality arts programming stretches beyond the stage, increasing opportunities for audience engagement and educational access. This fundamental component of the Cultural Trust’s livelihood provides the platform for artistic and cultural experiences to develop, impact, and touch the lives of our community within and outside ticketed performances.
Single tickets (as low as $10) for the 2017-2018 Pittsburgh Dance Council season are available at www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue. Subscription packages are available for: $60-$285.
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The Pittsburgh Dance Council would like to acknowledge its 2017-18 media partners, 90.5 WESA, and 91.3 WYEP.
ABOUT ALONZO KING LINES BALLET
Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential. Alonzo King understands ballet as a science—founded on universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution—and continues to develop a new language of movement from its classical forms and techniques. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.
“Alonzo King is one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today, and we are fortunate to have him and his LINES Ballet in San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims. While the Company’s spring and fall home seasons bring new works of illuminating beauty to Bay Area audiences, LINES Ballet’s global tours allow us to share our vision of transformative, revelatory dance worldwide. LINES Ballet has been featured at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Dance, the Edinburgh International Festival, Montpellier Danse, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, and most recently Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris.
ABOUT PITTSBURGH DANCE COUNCIL
The Pittsburgh Dance Council joined the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as a programming division in 2002. The mission of Pittsburgh Dance Council is to bring the best contemporary dance companies from around the world to the Cultural District. Each season, Pittsburgh Dance Council presents diverse, world-class contemporary works, including U.S. and world premieres.
ABOUT PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts-lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation, and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org. Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.