Lines Ballet

A lot of people haven’t heard of the Lines Ballet Company before and I don’t really know why as they are without a doubt one of the most amazing modern ballet groups in existence. I’ve only seen two performances by them, but they were both amazing and I try to see them any chance I get, which isn’t too often because even though they’re based in San Francisco, they don’t seem to be here all that often.
Just yesterday I saw their student group performance at the Fort Mason Center. At first, I was a bit concerned that this was going to be some kind of a kids’ performance that parents attend. A free recital for the pushy adults if you will. I was a little worried after the first number which had all the students on the stage. It looked crowded and the dancing wasn’t as good as what I had come to expect by the company. This perception was fortunately knocked clear out of my head once the next dance came on.
It was wonderful. The choreography was fantastic. King and his other company create amazing routines that are graceful, challenging, sad, and happy. The later was definitely true of a bit that was all about penguins. It was hillarious and vastly entertaining. I guess that’s one of the things that makes this type of ballet so great is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
There are two other performances by this group at the beginning of August and I highly recommend for anyone who can to check them out.