LINES Ballet presents THE PROPELLED HEART with Lisa Fischer
Performances run November 15-19, 2017 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. All performances feature Fischer performing live alongside the LINES Ballet dancers.
With a voice resplendent in its strength and range, Fischer has shared the stage with musical luminaries of nearly every genre, including Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Beyoncé and Sting. She has toured with the Rolling Stones since 1989. An accomplished solo artist, Fischer's 1991 album So Intense, garnered her a Grammy Award for the single "How Can I Ease the Pain." Fischer was featured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom.
Fischer is an exciting artistic partner for King, who is noted for his collaborations with celebrated composers, musicians, and visual artists. Of his aspiration to work with Fischer, King says, "Lisa Fischer is a brilliant artist with a fully throbbing heart and expansive mind. She is an inspiration of sound, body and being." Alonzo King LINES Ballet will also tour The Propelled Heart to the prestigious Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris next March 2018.
Alonzo King is a visionary choreographer who has changed the way we look at ballet. Understanding ballet as a science rooted in universal, geometric principles of energy and evolution, he imbues the classical form with new expressive potential. His work is known worldwide for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity. King has works in the repertories of the Swedish Royal Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet Bejart, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hong Kong Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
He has collaborated with distinguished visual artists, musicians and composers across the globe including Pharaoh Sanders, Hamza el Din, Pawel Szymanski, Jason Moran, and Zakir Hussain. Renowned for his skill as a teacher, King was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Corps de Ballet International Teacher Conference in 2012. An internationally acclaimed guest ballet master, his training philosophy undergirds the educational programming at the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center of San Francisco, which includes the pre-professional Training Program, Summer Program, and BFA Program at Dominican University of California.
Named a Master of Choreography by the Kennedy Center in 2005, King is the recipient of 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. In 2014, King was appointed to the advisory council of the newly established Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University; in 2015 he received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award in celebration of his ongoing contributions to the advancement of contemporary dance. Joining historic icons in the field, King was named one of America's "Irreplaceable Dance Treasures" by the Dance Heritage Coalition in 2015.
Ms. Lisa Fischer and her band Grand Baton first set out on tour in 2014, with no product to sell, no recordings or video to help book or promote shows, no t-shirts. Despite all that, based on Lisa's reputation alone, they were invited to play in clubs, at the Newport and Monterey Jazz Festivals, and at concert halls all over the globe, winning accolades from critics, devotion from fans, and - always - invitations to return, soon.
Their music is an organic gumbo of progressive rock, psychedelic soul, and African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean rhythms and classical influences. In performance, they re-invent songs by Led Zeppelin, Amy Grant, Little Willie John, and The Rolling Stones as well as Lisa's originals. After decades bringing raw soul to the stage for The Rolling Stones, Sting, Tina Turner and Nine Inch Nails, Lisa is emerging as the most inventive and heartfelt interpreter of classic rock songs working today.
Lisa won her first Grammy for "How Can I Ease The Pain," from her 1991 album So Intense. With a hit song on the radio and a Grammy win, a major solo tour seemed inevitable, but Lisa was on the road, backing either her beloved mentor Luther Vandross or The Rolling Stones. Lisa was a legend in the music industry; everybody loved her sound. But she never put her own band together, never toured under her own name. Now, after years of supporting other artists, electrifying the world's largest arenas with the power of her voice, Ms. Lisa Fischer has finally taken center stage.
The Oscar-winning 2013 documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom changed the course of Lisa's musical journey. Featuring clips of Lisa's legendary duet with Mick Jagger on "Gimme Shelter" and glowing testimonials from famous colleagues, the film showcased her virtuosity and vulnerability, earned her a second Grammy, and left audiences eager to see and hear more. "Ms. Fischer has become the unexpected star of Mr. Neville's film," said The New York Times. Now Lisa is exploring new territory. She is featured on new projects by Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Billy Childs, and has collaborated with Alonzo King LINES Ballet.