Deep River

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Alonzo King LINES Ballet returns to the Harris in Deep River, a deeply soulful, powerful new work that fuses Black spirituals with stunning dance, set to a score by jazz pianist, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Jason Moran — developed in celebration of the company’s 40th anniversary.

As we look back on 40 years of work in the community, in ourselves, the programs, classes, and performances, both live and on film, we recognize that it is the same vision and belief that have carried us to this moment and will continue to carry this organization into the future. We have strived to make obvious that art is the inheritance of every individual, that art activates evolutionary growth, is an intellectual virtue, and the fostering principle for all that is made, done, or known. The intention behind the work is to remind me, the artists, and the viewers that love is the ocean that we rose from, swim in, and will one day return to, and that love, if listened to and deeply cultured, can bring us to liberation.
— Alonzo King

PROGRAM UPDATE: Due to unexpected health issues, we regret to inform you that Lisa Fischer will no longer perform live with Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Jason Moran on May 5 + 6 (including the Family Matinee performance). On behalf of the Harris community, we send Ms. Fischer our thoughts and well wishes. The moving and soulful Deep River dance program otherwise remains unchanged, and a recording of Lisa's vocals will be blended with Jason Moran's live piano performance.

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Modern / Contemporary


Harris Theater for Music and Dance

205 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 334-2400