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Creative Minds Presents Cooking, Music & Conversation With Alonzo King And Van-Anh V


Creative Minds Presents Cooking, Music & Conversation With Alonzo King And Van-Anh V

Join Choreographer Alonzo King and musician/composer Van-Anh Vanessa V for Creative Minds, an event marrying storytelling, live music, and Vietnamese cooking on Saturday, March 23. This special event is held in advance of LINES Ballet's Spring Season in April, which will feature a world premiere collaboration between King and V.

Creative Minds was inspired by early conversations between King and V , when the two artists realized they have a similar passion for food and cooking. King will kick off the event talking about the role of collaboration in his work. Then V will prepare homestyle Vietnamese recipes, each meaningful to her, while pausing to perform and explore the parallels between cooking and artmaking. Guests will have the chance to sample's V 's culinary creations, and will also get a sneak peek of the new collaboration on screen. The event will be moderated by KQED journalist Thuy Vu. King and Vo are collaborating on a new ballet, which will premiere April 12-21, 2019 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Both artists are interested in exploring notions of the homegrown and of identity - and how they shape us as individuals and as societies. They are also interested in investigating characteristics that are shared across communities, specifically modes of storytelling and food traditions. More information about their upcoming collaboration is available at

Saturday, March 23, 5-7pm WHERE: SFAI Caf , Russian Hill Campus, 800 Chestnut Street, SF CA TICKETS: $35, Available online here or at

Since 1982, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has collaborated with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the word to create performances that alter the way we look at ballet today. The Company is guided by a unique artistic vision that adheres to the classical form-the linear, mathematical and geometrical principles that are deeply rooted in the preexisting East-West continuum. LINES Ballet's spring and fall home seasons and global tours share this vision of transformative, revelatory dance with 40,000+ audience members worldwide every year. It has been featured at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Dance de Lyon, the Edinburgh International Festival, Montpellier Danse, the Wolfsburg Festival, the Holland Dance Festival, and most recently Th tre National de Chaillot in Paris. Alonzo King has been honored by the dance world's most prestigious institutions for his impact on the cultural fabric of the company's home in San Francisco, as well as nationally and internationally for over more than three decades.

Named a Master of Choreography by the Kennedy Center in 2005, King is the recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation Artist Award, the NEA Choreographer's Fellowship, the Jacob's Pillow Creativity Award, the Irvine Fellowship in Dance, the US Artist Award in Dance, and the National Dance Project's Residency and Touring Awards. King has works in the repertories of San Francisco Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, B jart Ballet Lausanne, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hong Kong Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among others. "Alonzo King is one of the few ballet choreographers working today who is genuinely thinking and asking his dancers to think, too. Who would have thought that ballet-so historically Western, hierarchical, and white-could be renewed by an African American child of the civil rights movement whose aesthetic vision and inquiring mind are pushing it out of its provincial state into the world" (Jennifer Homans, The New Republic). V n- nh

Vanessa V is a master of the n tranh zither and Emmy Award-winning composer known for bringing Vietnamese traditional music to a wider audience through new collaborations and approaches. From Hanoi, Vietnam, V grew up in a family of musicians and began studying the 16-string zither at age four. She graduated with distinction from the Vietnam Academy of Music, where she later taught, and founded and directed the ng N i Ensemble, a traditional music group. V won a national championship title for her instrument in 1995. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2001, V has collaborated with musicians from diverse genres to create work that marries the sounds of Vietnam with other traditions. Her accomplishments include the 2009 Emmy Award-winning soundtrack for the documentary Bolinao 52, which she co-composed and recorded, and the soundtrack for the 2003 Academy Award nominee Daughter from Danang.

V has performed in 14 countries with notable performances at Carnegie Hall, Zellerbach Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and the Olympic Games 2012 Music Festival with collaborators Kronos Quartet. . In 2016, V was the first Vietnamese artist invited to play at The White House under President Obama's Administration. A multi-instrumentalist, V also performs as soloist on the monochord ( n b u), the 36-string hammered dulcimer ( n tam th p l c), the bamboo xylophone ( n t'rung), the open-ended bamboo tubes ( n K'l ng p t), traditional drums (tr ng), and Chinese zither (guzheng).

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