Alonzo King

Presenter at Saturday Night@CIIS

Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer who is altering the way we look at ballet. King has works in the repertories of companies throughout the world including the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Washington Ballet.

He has worked extensively in opera, television, and film, and has choreographed works for prima ballerina Natalia Makarova and film star Patrick Swayze. King has also collaborated with artists such as actor Danny Glover, legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and tabla master Zakir Hussain.

Renowned for his skill as a teacher, King has been the guest ballet master for the majority of large ballet companies around the world. In 1982, he founded Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, which has developed into an international touring company.

Alonso KIng joins Saturday Night@CIIS on September 26 with Lysley Tenorio for The Art of the Story.