Alonzo King – Poet of Dance

A documentary by Marita Stocker
A Monarda Arts production, co-produced by ZDF/3Sat


The documentary shows the poetic choreographer Alonzo King in his role as a teacher and an inspiration for his dancers of the Lines Ballet. Thereby his understanding of dance and movement which he noticed as a child is illustrated during the film. “When I was a kid I was always moving. When I would watch adults it would seem to me that what was coming out of their mouths and the way that their body was moving or being held were two different things. The bodies seemed to hold the truth in it that the words did not“, he explains.

To illustrate his choreographic philosophy, three of King’s most beautiful works (‚Triangle of the Squinches’, ‚Scheherazade’ and ‚Dust and Light’) will be featured whilst being rehearsed and performed. Background scenes during the rehearsals and interviews give additional insight into the creative process. The collaboration between Alonzo King and his dancers is extremely close. Dancer Kara describes it with these words: “Usually as a dancer we’re told how to do the steps. But in this company I’ve been asked to be more creative. I can bring my own creativity into everything which is a real challenge.” Alonzo King compares the relationship between a choreographer and a dancer with the creation of a song. “I write the lyrics for a song. And all I need is a really good singer to sing the song.” Besides following King during rehearsal with his company his specific approach to dance is shown and the spectator understands that being taught by a ’poet of dance’ is a very special and unique experience for every dancer.


Available as bonus at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)



Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Oliver Becker
Directed for Screen by: Marita Stocker
Assistant Director: Ynze Bijl
Production Manager: Julie Constanzo
Camera: Lou Weinert, Robert Barcelona, Mickey Freeman, Ruben O’Malley
Editor: Eva Kohlweyer
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Language: English
Subtitles: German, French, Spanish
Running Time: 22 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 2012