‘Biophony,’ Alonzo King LINES Ballet preview

Dancers show off their lines in Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. Photo courtesy of Chico Performances.

On Saturday, September 5, there will be a new and intriguing kind of ballet presented at Chico State. Alonzo King LINES Ballet will be performing his newest work, “Biophony,” in collaboration with natural soundscape producer Bernie Krause and composer Richard Blackford at Laxson Auditorium.

King is known for his innovative and captivating choreography of contemporary ballet. In this work of art, Kings brings together two separate worlds— sophisticated and aboriginal. Here’s an excerpt from one of King’s previous ballets, The Moroccan Project, to get an idea of King’s style.

King’s collaborator, Krause, has been traveling the world with a microphone for more than 40 years recording the sounds of Mother Nature to be used for this ballet’s soundtrack. Krause selects noises that range from the Alaskan tundra to the rain forests of Borneo and even to our own backyard— a meadow hidden deep in the Sierra Nevada.

This vast range of noises collected from all types of ecosystems, is what Krause calls “Biophony.”

Tickets are available to purchase at the University Box Office. Premium tickets are on sale for $36, adults $28, youths $16 and $10 for Chico State students.

LINES Ballet will perform to the sounds of Mother Nature in our own backyard, so do not forget to come experience this enchanting ballet.

Dana Muensterman can be reached at [email protected] or @theorion_news on Twitter.