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Scheherazade: Alonzo King Ballet


Scheherazade is a re-envisioning of the ancient collection of Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic stories of 1,001 Nights. The new score by King’s frequent music collaborator, tabla master Zakir Hussain, re-interprets the original music by Rimsky-Korsakov, incorporating traditional Persian as well as Western instruments. The group of musicians includes Kala Ramnath (violin); Joan Jeanrenaud (cello); Lynn Taffin (harp); Homayoun Sakhi (rabab); Abbos Kosimov (doira); Mahmood Nejad (nay); and Hussain on tabla. The original ballet adaptation of Schéhérazade premiered in 1910 by the Ballets Russes at the Opéra Garnier in Paris, and featured choreography by Michel Fokine and Rimsky-Korsakov's existing musical score. Commissioned by the Monaco Dance Forum to inaugurate the Centenary of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s Scheherazade honors Diaghilev’s spirit of cutting-edge artistic collaboration, immersing audiences in a luminescent and richly textured world. On the process of creating Scheherazade, choreographer King wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Very little is known, or even spoken of, regarding Scheherazade herself. My main interest was Scheherazade as woman and symbol. Research informed me about the long-held abuse and oppression that occurs to this day of women and girls across the globe. It

was mind-boggling.”


Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Alonzo King LINES Ballet
  • Parental rating
  • Parental rating information not available.
  • Duration
  • 42 minutes
  • Original language
  • English
  • Subtitles
  • English
  • Year
  • 2009
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre

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