Breathtaking Photographs of Alonzo King LINES Ballet Dancers

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As of this year, Alonzo King has spent three decades changing the face of ballet, sculpting a traditional classical dance form into a modern template for fluidity and cross-pollination. In his choreography for San Francisco’s own Alonzo King LINES Ballet, King has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians representing traditions from all over the world, including Baka artists from the Central African Republic (People of the Forest, 2001), Shaolin monks from China (Long River High Sky, 2007), tabla master Zakir Hussain (Scheherazade, 2009), and actor Danny Glover (Before the Blues, 2004).

For years, King has also collaborated with talented photographers like RJ Muna and Marty Sohl to bring a trademark beauty to each season of LINES Ballet imagery, using dramatic lighting and flowing costumes (or no costumes at all) to emphasize the muscled lines of the dancers’ forms.

In celebration of Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s 30th Anniversary Spring Season, which just completed its run at the YBCA’s LAM Research Theater, we’ve compiled a collection of the most stunning LINES Ballet images we’ve seen over the years.

Dancer: Caroline Rocher. Photo: Marty Sohl

Dancers: Laurel Keen and Brett Conway. Photo: Marty Sohl

Dancer: Kara Wilkes. Photo: RJ Muna

Dancer: Keelan Whitmore. Photo: RJ Muna

Dancer: Victor Mateos Arellano. Photo: RJ Muna

Dancers: Michael Montgomery and Keelan Whitmore. Photo: RJ Muna

Dancer: Michael Montgomery. Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: Dikayl Rimmasch

Photo: Marty Sohl

Photo: RJ Muna

Photo: RJ Muna