STAGE TUBE: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Merge Talents

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and San Francisco-based Alonzo King LINES Ballet - currently celebrating their 35th and 30th anniversary seasons, respectively - perform together in four notable American dance venues this spring. These first-time joint presentations include the debut of a New Work by LINES Ballet's founder and director, award-winning choreographer Alonzo King. Watch the video below to learn more about this unprecedented collaboration between dance companies!

This unique collaboration, billed Hubbard Street + LINES Ballet, is the sole dance and Chicago-based recipient of a 2011 Joyce Award from The Joyce Foundation. The accompanying $50,000 grant has generously supported the collaboration in-process, as did a three-week residency at the University of California, Irvine's Claire Trevor School of the Arts, and an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The collaboration was previewed at the 2012 Laguna Dance Festival, and has received crucial funding for its tour from the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project.

The New Work by Alonzo King features 28 world-renowned dancers: all 12 members of LINES Ballet and 16 from Hubbard Street's ensemble of 18. Lighting designs are by Axel Morgenthaler, set designs by Jim Doyle, costumes by Robert Rosenwasser and original music is by composer/musican Ben Juodvalkis.

In addition, the New Work is a commission by the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park, in celebration of its 10th anniversary next year. Hubbard Street - one of the Chicago venue's founding local organizations - welcomes LINES Ballet to its Spring Series and the World Premiere of the companies' Shared Program: Hubbard Street presents Little mortal jump (2012) by Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo; LINES Ballet presents the Chicago Premiere of Alonzo King's Rasa (2007), to an original score by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain; and both companies present the New Work. The New Work receives its World Premiere at Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, as part of Hubbard Street's Cal Performances engagement.

The Shared Program repeats one night only in Madison, Wisconsin at the Overture Center for the Arts, and for three shows in Los Angeles, at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

STAGE TUBE: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Merge Talents