Former New York City Ballet dancer Aesha Ash is the newest member of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. I talked to her in advance of the company’s fall season, opening Friday, for the Chronicle:
“It wasn’t the most orthodox of job interviews. Dancer Aesha Ash first spoke by phone to choreographer Alonzo King.
“I said, ‘I don’t even know how I’m going to keep dancing,’ ” the doe-eyed 27-year-old recalls, sitting cross-legged in a studio at the San Francisco Dance Center. “I said, ‘I’m so tired. I’m just totally disenchanted with the dance world right now, and I have no inspiration.’ ”
Her beautiful oval face still looks a bit weary. Just six months ago she was ready to end her stage career, worn down by the ballet world’s insistence on rail-thinness and the pressures of being the only African American woman at the New York City Ballet. Now she is the newest member of King’s Lines Ballet, dancing in the world premiere “Moroccan Project” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts during the troupe’s fall season next week, opening Friday.”
Incidentally, the lead got chopped in two. I turned in “It wasn’t the most orthodox of job interviews when Aesha Ash first spoke by phone to choreographer Alonzo King.” No great shakes, I’ll admit, but still I prefer it.
To read the whole story (and see some gorgeous photos of Aesha), click here.