Scheherazade – Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Ballet in one act
Filmed in the Kerner Studios (Windward Stage A+B), San Francisco
A production of Arthaus Musik in co-production with ZDF/3Sat


Premiered December 2009: Alonzo King’s “Scheherazade” is a re-envisioning of the ancient collection of Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic stories of 1,001 Nights. The exquisite dancers of LINES Ballet present a vision of the transformative potential these stories possess: the way that we are offered a chance to listen to a voice that can change our lives, the power of art to illuminate all the chambers of our hearts. The new score by tabla master, Zakir Hussain, re-interprets the original music by Rimsky-Korsakov, incorporating traditional Persian as well as Western instruments. 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.



Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD + Blu ray)



Producer: Torsten Bönnhoff, Erwin Stürzer
Executive Producer: Oliver Becker
Directed for Screen by: Andreas Morell
Assistant Director: Ynze Bijl
Cameras: Lou Weinert, Robert Barcelona, Mickey Freeman, Ruben O’Malley
Sound: Claudia Wronski
Editor: Eva Kohlweyer
Postproduction: Digital Images GmbH
Running Time: 42 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Years of Production: 2011


Creative Team


Composer: Zakir Hussain, after Rimsky-Korsakov
Lightening Design: Axel Morgenthaler
Set Design: Robert Rosenwasser
Costume Design: Robert Rosenwasser, Colleen Quen
Choreography: Alonzo King
Ballettleitung: Arturo Fernandez
Solisten: Victor Mateos Arellano, David Harvey, Courtney Henry, Ashley Jackson, Yujin Kim, Laurel Keen, Michael Montgomery, Caroline Rocher, Zac Tang, Meredith Webster, Keelan Whitmore, Kara Wilkes, Ricardo Zayas
Ballettensemble: Alonzo King Lines Ballet

Scheherezade: Laurel Keen
Shahryar: David Harvey