"Yet through the abstraction, this reviewer took away themes of community, individuality, and the natural world, which is helped largely by [lighting Design Scott Bolman], whose saturated blues, ambers, and reds guide the dancers organically through the space...At another moment, the dancers cascade through dappled light, dressed in grays and greens. If shadows along the bed of a forest could speak, this surely would be their language." - Merli V Guerra, Fjord Review
"The dance was set before a beautifully conceived backdrop of a mountain range. Lighting was exquisite for its ability to set mood and selectively illuminate foreground or background." - Jane Rosenberg. Seen and Heard International
Yerba Buena Cultural Center (San Francisco, CA)
Choreography | Alonzo King
Music | Zakir Hussain
Scenery | David Finn, Scott Bolman Add'tl Scenery | Robert Rosenwasser
Costumes | Robert Rosenwasser
Masters of rhythm, vibration and movement unite in Alonzo King’s most recent collaboration with classical Indian instrumentalists, Zakir Hussain and Sabir Khan. Hussain is a Grammy Award-winning classical tabla virtuoso from India who is widely considered a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. Vocalist and ninth generation Sarangi master, Khan enthralls audiences across the globe with his rare combination of sur and laya (note and rhythm). Combined, the complex rhythmic systems of their music naturally partner with King's choreography to celebrate the long-standing continuity between transcendental Eastern thinking and Western ballet's classical forms and techniques.