Alonzo King's Lines Ballet to host residency

imageA residency by Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet through SUNY Oswego will provide sessions to keep local dancers on their toes as well as several educational opportunities from April 4 to 6.

“Having someone of Alonzo King’s stature as a choreographer, a creator and a communicator is a real coup,” said Mary Avrakotos, coordinator of the Artswego Performing Arts Series that is bringing King to Oswego. “By offering sessions at Oswego and in Syracuse, we hope to maximize the benefit of bringing in such an outstanding group.”

The troupe’s residency will begin with a lecture/demonstration, with King discussing technique while his dancers perform selected pieces, at 12:40 p.m. Monday, April 4, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. The admission-free session will be open to the public.

That session will be followed by a company-led exploration of movement during Professor Jonel Langenfeld-Rial’s “Bodily Movement” class at 1:50 p.m. in Tyler’s lab theatre. The public is invited to attend, but should contact Langenfeld-Rial in advance at 312-2221 or

King will discuss cross-cultural collaboration at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in Room 102 of Oswego’s Tyler Hall. He will detail his recent collaboration with Nzamba Lela, a musical and dance group from the Central African Republic rain forests.

There is no charge to attend the cross-cultural seminar thanks to sponsorship from the college’s Interdisciplinary Program and Activities Center, global and international studies program, and Office of International Education and Programs. A reception for King will follow.

The troupe also will lead a pair of master classes, one at the Syracuse Stage Dance Studio and one at SUNY Oswego, which are already filled due to high demand, Avrakotos said.

Master classes have become “a regular and popular part of Artswego’s offerings,” she added, with strong participation by students from SUNY Oswego, the Onondaga Dance Institute, West Genesee High School, the Oswego County BOCES theatre arts program, Dance Center North and Syracuse University.

The headline performance for Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet will feature his newest piece, “Before the Blues,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Waterman Theatre. The Student Association Program Board is helping to sponsor the show. Tickets cost $22 ($18 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). For reservations to the full-length show, contact the Tyler Hall box office at or 312-2141.

The appearance of Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

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(Posted: Mar 16, 2005)