Forget five stars: The new Alonzo King LINES ballet illuminates the stage with more than a thousand LED lights.
To celebrate his dance company’s 30th anniversary, the acclaimed choreographer teamed up with Bay Area electronic artist Jim Campbell to debut a world premiere ballet called Constellation. Campbell, whose work is also on display at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, created a dazzling backdrop of lights for the dancers to perform in front of and even interact with, integrating the lit spheres into their movements across the stage.
With 19 celestial numbers, the show is a veritable feast for the eyes. But your ears are in for a treat too, as mezzo-soprano Maya Lahyani occasionally waltzes onto the stage to serenade the dancers as they leap, writhe and spin in King’s crackling contemporary style.
You may walk out of the theater feeling overstimulated--but in a good way.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, LAM Research Theater, 700 Howard St., linesballet.org