February 05, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Alonzo King's LINES Ballet will perform Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

"Alonzo King collaborates with noted composers, musicians, and visual artists to create original works that stretch and renew the traditions of western dance," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"This California-based company has some of the strongest and most beautiful dancers we have been privileged to bring to the Weis Center," Boswell said. "And King is one of the most highly regarded and award-winning choreographers working in dance today."

Called one of the most important forces in the United States dance scene, King has been honored with the Bessie Award for Choreography, NEA and Irvine Dance Fellowships, and five Isadora Duncan Awards. He was named a Master of African-American Choreography by the Kennedy Center in 2005.

Diverse cultural inspiration
"The two works on the Friday night program are emblematic of King's ability to draw from diverse cultures for inspiration, for music, and for the basis of a movement language that, though grounded in traditional ballet and contemporary modern dance, is specific and special for each piece he conceives and stages.

"The first – 'Migration (on the Hierarchical Migration of Birds and Animals)' – takes an almost Zen or Buddhist approach to abstract notions of birth and death, creation and change and reincarnation. The second – 'Rasa' – is to music composed and arranged by Zakir Hussain, a grand master of Indian music and one of the world's leading virtuosos of classical Indian percussion," added Boswell.

Tickets for this performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at the Bucknell University Bookstore, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Advance tickets also are available online at www.bucknell.edu/Boxoffice or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance is made possible in part by generous contributions from Clayton and David Lightman and Sandy and Gary Sojka.

The 2007-08 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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Posted Feb. 5, 2008