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Alonzo King LINES Ballet presents “Biophony”
Alonzo King LINES Ballet is not your grandmother’s ballet. Sure, audiences can expect all of the hallmarks of the medium—seemingly effortless athletics, perfect precision, sweeping classical music, leg muscles capable of breaking a Thighmaster—but they’ll also see symbolic light displays and hear contemporary world music. It’s a style of dance—by way of science and geometric principles of energy and evolution—that Alonzo King calls “muscular classicism,” and it proves that ballet remains relevant in the modern world.
For his latest work, which the San Francisco Chronicle calls “riveting,” King tunes into the sounds of ecosystems across the globe. A collaboration with composer Richard Blackford and natural soundscape artist/ecologist Bernie Krause (who’s cataloged the Earth’s intonations for more than 40 years), Biophony pairs King’s muscular choreography to the music of earth’s living orchestra. Amid the croaks of tree frogs, the calls of killer whales, the buzz of bees, the rushes of waves, and the trumpet solos of hummingbirds, King’s dancers revert back to a way of expression before language as they investigate the nature of life on Earth and humankind’s place within it.
Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1928, Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts dazzles patrons with an ornate art-deco façade and lush Spanish Renaissance interior. Elegant columns, glittering chandeliers, and vibrant geometric patterns create a palatial atmosphere in the lobby. The auditorium's intimately arranged velvet seats leave every viewer within 70 feet of the stage, eliminating the need for binoculars or drawn-out games of telephone describing the onstage action.