[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Press Release: Alonzo King LINES Biophony and The Propelled Heart at Swarthmore College

Jeanette Honig jhonig1 at swarthmore.edu
Thu Sep 28 13:33:36 EDT 2017


CONTACT: Jeanette Honig, Concert & Production Manager

PH: 610-957-6159 <(610)%20957-6159>  |  jhonig1 at swarthmore.edu

Department of Music and Dance

Alonzo King LINES Biophony and The Propelled Heart at Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, P.A. – September 28, 2017 – The William J. Cooper Foundation
with the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College present Alonzo
King LINES Ballet Biophony and The Propelled Heart. The performance will be
on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8 PM in the Pearson-Hall Theatre in the
Lang Performing Arts Center on the Swarthmore College campus.  A master
class will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 11:30 AM in the Troy Dance
Studio in the Lang Performing Arts Center.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a celebrated contemporary ballet company that
has been guided since 1982 by the unique artistic vision of Alonzo King
<https://www.linesballet.org/company/alonzo-king/>. Collaborating with
noted composers, musicians, and visual artists
<https://www.linesballet.org/company/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.

Biophony: Called "riveting" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Biophony is
Alonzo King's newest work in collaboration with natural soundscape artist
Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford. 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.

On stage these soundscapes reveal an intricate living orchestra cradling
nature in suspension. 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; we see shoulder blades recast as
vestigial wings. Biophony takes place not at the threshold of the civilized
and primal, but at the rejoining of two worlds never meant to be apart.

The Propelled Heart: Of his aspiration to work with Grammy Award winning
vocalist Ms. Lisa Fischer, 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. The twelve dancers of LINES Ballet are her
newest collaborators in The Propelled Heart, 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 also as vocal
chord. The piece is a voyage; standing sentinel at the inchoate, pre-verbal
beginning, Ms. Fischer impels the dancers’ evolution. Under her gaze they
radiate, churning noise into harmony, hearts ablaze.

Says Olivia Sabee Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Dance, "We're
thrilled to welcome Alonzo King LINES Ballet to the Lang Performing Arts
Center this fall, especially in the context of a growing interest on our
campus in ballet and ballet-based contemporary dance. These are spectacular
dancers performing really terrifically inventive work, and our students are
so lucky to have the opportunity to see the company right here in

The event is free and open to the public.  Please visit
http://www.swarthmore.edu/dance-program for more information.

The William J. Cooper Foundation provides a varied program of lectures,
performances and exhibitions which enriches the academic work of Swarthmore
College. The Foundation was established by William J. Cooper who specified
that the income from his gift should be used "in bringing to the college
eminent citizens of this and other countries who are leaders in
statesmanship, education, the arts, sciences, learned professions and
business." Planning for next season is currently underway.

Jenny Honig
Concert and Production Manager
Department of Music and Dance
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA  19081
610.957.6159 (Phone)
610.328.8551 (Fax)
jhonig1 at swarthmore.edu
Campus Address: Lang Music Building #405

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