Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
November 14, 2012
by Rita Felciano
copyright © Rita Felciano
Despite the fact that Alonzo Kong has put his stamp on dancers' bodies and what we used to think of as ballet for over two decades, he still manages to surprise us. The clarity of this double bill's intent and the surety with which he drew it out of his company made one grateful for King's ongoing explorations. Despite the fact that three members -- the elegantly articulate Madeline DeVries, a silken yet powerful Shuaib Elhassan and petite but also fiery Laura O'Malley -- are new, they already have become Alonzo dancers: fierce, generous and fearless. Add to them the two virtuosos, Babatunji and Jeffrey Van Sciver, as well as the young Adji Cissoko who joined last year, Lines is just about a new company. And they looked fabulous; everyone has an individual voice, everyone is part of a whole larger than they are alone. The first-rate music in this well-balance evening, of course, did its part.
Robb Beresford and Courtney Henry in "Shostakovich"
Photo © Quinn B. Wharton