Lincoln Center Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival New York, New York USA
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Phone: (01) 212-875-5456

Festival Description

During three weeks every summer, the Lincoln Center Festival presents a wide array of stunning performances of dance, theater, music, and opera from around the world. These innovative works explore both the classic and the contemporary, often reinventing them into unforgettable performances that defy any specific category. The festival is held in eight venues on or near the Lincoln Center campus with hundreds of renowned artists and ensembles from eight countires. Over the course of years the Festival has featured nearly 1000 performances by artists from close to 50 countries.

Festival Dates July 6 - 28, 2013
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Programming 2013:
  • Monkey: Journey to the West
    July 6–July 28, 2013
    27 performances, David H. Koch Theater
    • Monkey: Journey to the West is a music theater piece based on a classic Chinese folktale “Journey to the West” which dates to 1592. It is conceived, written and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. The composer is Damon Albarn, best known in the U.S. as the singer/songwriter in the band Blur. The designer/animator is Jamie Hewlett, who, together with Albarn, created the virtual band, Gorillaz.
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses
    Le Théâtre de l’Atelier
    July 9-14, 2013
    Seven performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
    • John Malkovich, who so memorably played the seductive Valmont in Stephen Frears’ 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, now directs the story for the stage with young actors from Paris’s Théâtre de l’Atelier. It is a French language production of the 1985 Christopher Hampton play about seduction, power and lies, based on the 18th-century epistolary French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. In Malkovich’s staging of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Valmont, the Marquise de Merteuil, and the other characters face each other in a set that resembles a rehearsal studio, with clothing and water bottles scattered about. Each scene is announced by Valmont’s valet, Azolan. The actors are matched in age to the characters they portray, and the love letters central to the plot are sent on smartphones and electronic tablets. All the actors—even those not in a particular scene—remain on stage observing their colleagues. The self-consciousness of the actors as they watch each other perform mirrors the self-consciously executed intrigue as the plot unfolds.
  • Shun-kin
    July 9-13, 2013
    Six performances, Rose Theater
    • Director Simon McBurney and the company he co-founded, Complicite—celebrating its 30th anniversary—return to Lincoln Center Festival with Shun-kin, their second collaboration with Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theater. At Lincoln Center Festival 2004, Complicite and Setagaya Public Theater staged The Elephant Vanishes by post-modernist author, Haruki Murakami. With Shun-kin, the company plunges us into a shadowy 19th-century world. Praised as one of the company’s finest achievements by London critics, Shun-kin is inspired by two works written in 1933 by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki: A Portrait of Shun-kin (based on a Thomas Hardy story and influenced by Edgar Allan Poe) and his aesthetic essay, “In Praise of Shadows.” The two works are intertwined to unfold the story in the production which, in the style of much of McBurney’s work, creates many levels of time, meaning, and significance.
  • The Blind
    World Premiere (new version)
    July 9 -14, 2013
    Six performances, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
    • Following the sell-out success of his project The Full Monteverdi performed by I Fagiolini during Lincoln Center Festival 2007, British director John La Bouchardière returns to the Festival to direct a new and radical re-imagining of Lera Auerbach’s 2001 a cappella opera The Blind, freely-adapted from the controversial Symbolist play by Maurice Maeterlinck. Scored for 12 unaccompanied voices, The Blind chronicles a group of sightless people abandoned on a desolate island as they await the return of the religious leader who led them from their home so they could feel the last rays of sunlight before winter. The audience will be immersed into complete darkness to experience the sensory world of the story. The cast includes: Dominic Armstrong, Sarah Brailey, Yulia Van Doren, Branch Fields, John McVeigh, Nicole Mitchell, Liam Moran, Kyle Pfortmiller, Barbara Rearick, David Schmidt, Faith Sherman, and Rose Sullivan. It is performed in English.
  • Hanggai
    July 16, 2013
    One performance, Alice Tully Hall
    • The seven-piece group Hanggai, “who distill everything powerful about Mongolian folk music and make something new from the ingredients” (Pitchfork), will perform a concert in Alice Tully Hall. Hanggai has been called “one of the best live bands in Beijing” by and is one of the leading groups integrating traditional music into the urban rock/pop scene. Citing influences such as Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine, Hanggai has won many international fans and drawn enthusiastic crowds at important festivals, including the Sydney Festival, Bonnaroo, and Woodford Folk Festival. Hanggai was also the first Chinese band to perform at the Wacken Open Air Festival, the annual heavy metal festival held in Germany each summer.
  • Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines)
    July 18, 19, and 20, 2013
    Three performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
    • With a hypnotic tapestry of sound, Toshio Hosokawa—one of Japan’s most prominent living composers— conjures up the spirit world of the play by a 15th-century Noh master on which his ethereal new opera is based. A traveling monk encounters two ghostly sisters—Matsukaze (Wind-in-the-pines) and Murasame (Autumn-Rain)—who are fated to wander the earth searching for the man who they both loved centuries ago. The production is directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, who is also responsible for the Festival production of The roots of Hanggai’s music come from traditional Mongolian music from different eras and different regions. Hanggai’s music doesn’t really speak of Genghis Khan’s time, but it does reflect the life and ethics of the Mongolian people. Some of our songs are influenced by Chinese music, because those songs were composed after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, and we were all born long after that! We are influenced by what we grew up listening to, and we’re still searching for our musical roots.” Monkey: Journey to the West. The German libretto is by poet and dramatist Hannah Dübgen. Conductor John Kennedy leads the Talea Ensemble, conducting a score that was declared “compellingly beautiful” by The Financial Times (London).
  • Michaels Reise Um Die Erde (Michael’s Journey Around the World) U.S. Premiere
    July 18, 19, 20, 2013
    Three performances, Avery Fisher Hall
    • Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Michaels Reise Um Die Erde (Michael’s Journey Around the World) will receive its U.S. premiere at Festival 2013. The work is from the second act of “Donnerstag” (“Thursday”) from Licht (Light), the epic seven-opera cycle that took the composer 26 years to complete. This production by Wiener Taschenoper, directed by Carlus Padrissa, a founder of the avant-garde Catalan theater troupe, La Fura dels Baus, will transform the stage of Avery Fisher Hall. Michael’s Reise features German contemporary music ensemble musikFabrik.
  • Zorn@60
    July 18 and 20, 2013
    Two performances, Alice Tully Hall
    • Drawing upon his experience in classical, jazz, rock, hardcore punk, klezmer, world and improvised music, John Zorn has created an influential body of work that defies academic categories. Born and raised in New York City, he is a central figure in the downtown scene, bringing together a wide variety of creative musicians to suit his various compositional formats. His remarkably diverse work draws inspiration from art, cartoons, literature, film, theater, philosophy, alchemy, and mysticism. Zorn founded the Tzadik label in 1995, runs the East Village performance space The Stone, and has edited/published six volumes of musicians’ writings under the title ARCANA. Among the many honors he has received are the Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and the William Schuman Prize for composition from Columbia University. He was inducted into the Long Island Hall of Fame by Lou Reed in 2010 and is a MacArthur Fellow. In 2012, Zorn was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters and given the honorary doctorate Magister Artium Gaundensis by the University of Ghent.
  • Murmurs
    July 24-28, 2013
    Five performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College
    • A journey of the imagination, where buildings dissolve and the realms of illusion and reality overlap, Murmurs was conceived, and is directed by, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and performed by Aurélia Thierrée. The French title of this mysterious and enchanting show, Murmures des Murs, or “murmuring walls” gives an indication of the non-linear narrative, which has the logic of a dream. A woman who is moving out of her house is gradually surrounded by shape-shifting Venetian architecture, fantastical creatures, and anonymous masked figures. Nothing is what it seems and anything might happen. Transformations, breathtaking chases, and surreal images abound in this topsy-turvy world.
  • Sinéad O’Connor: The Gospel Sessions
    July 26 and 27, 2013
    Two performances; Alice Tully Hall
    • Multi-platinum recording artist Sinéad O’Connor returns to Lincoln Center to unveil a special, new program at the conclusion of the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival, performing two nights of classic American soul gospel music in Alice Tully Hall. These performances will be her only scheduled U.S. appearance this summer. Ireland’s most widely-known female vocalist, O’Connor was last in the U.S. as a special guest artist in the Lincoln Center Festival 2012 tribute to Curtis Mayfield. She electrified the crowd: “Her soaring vocals spurring the crowd to leap to their feet,” according to Rolling Stone.


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh in Uncle Vanya. (Photo by © Lisa Tomasetti 2010)
    • Tony Award–winning actor Alan Cumming in Macbeth. (Photo by Jordan Matter)
    • Concert in tribute to Curtis Mayfield, the late soul music icon. (Photo courtesy of Curtis Mayfield Estate)
    • The Paris Opera Ballet, Giselle, with Laëtitia Pujol as Giselle Nicolas and Le Riche as Albrecht, one of three programs at the David H. Koch Theater. (Photo by © Anne Deniau)
    • Mikhail Baryshnikov in Dmitry Krymov’s play In Paris. (Photo by © Maria Baranova)
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