Babatunji in New York

Our week-long season at the Joyce in New York was a success – well received by the audience and reviewers alike!


This was my second time performing Constellation with the Company. Having a bit more experience with the piece allowed me to feel more comfortable, which in turn helped me dive deeper. I got a much-needed push from Alonzo to ramp up the energy of my performance and to make different and dynamic choices with the way that I played with the choreography. With every performance I tried to push harder and harder. It wasn’t the most pleasant or enjoyable experience on stage, as I would try so hard that at times I didn’t always know what I was doing or what was happening. I felt a mess! But the reaction I got from the other dancers and the audience watching said otherwise. For the first time I felt like I was being danced as opposed to dancing. Who knows, I could just be crazy.

Babatunji Joyce

As for New York, this was only my second time there. I went with the Company for a short three days in January and hated it! However, my experience this time shined a new light. I was able to explore the city a bit more. Not as much as I would have wanted to but enough to get a feel for it. I made new connections and saw so many old faces it was amazing. It felt like a very complete experience. Though I don’t think I could ever live there, I feel like it would be nice to dip my feet in every once in a while.

PS. Maya’s singing and Hadley’s playing take my breath away every performance. Such a blessing to have them with us and to be working with such an amazing and loving group of individuals!

Written by Babatunji.

Written by Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Founded in 1982, Alonzo King LINES Ballet nurtures artistry and the development of creative expression in dance, through collaboration, performance, and education.