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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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 7 - August 16, 2014
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Highlighted programming 2014:
  • Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus
    • For the first time in the celebrated company’s history, the combined forces of the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus will perform in New York with ballet and opera-in-concert repertory that showcases the depth and range of their artistic tradition. The Bolshoi Ballet (Sergei Filin, Artistic Director) plans to bring dancers Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Maria Vinogradova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin for the engagement of three evening-length ballets in the David H. Koch Theater: Alexei Fadeyechev’s 1999 production of Don Quixote, based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky; Yuri Grigorovich’s 2001 production of Swan Lake, one of the company’s defining works; and Grigorovich’s 1968 grand spectacle, Spartacus. The Bolshoi Ballet’s last Lincoln Center Festival appearance was in 2000.
  • Special performance by Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus
    • In addition, the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus will perform for the first time in New York, giving two performances of a concert version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera rarity, The Tsar’s Bride, in Avery Fisher Hall. The ensemble includes singers Anna Aglatova, Dinara Alieva, Svetlana Shilova, Elena Manistina, Vyacheslav Pochapsky, Stanislav Trofimov, Elchin Azizov, Maksim Yasnopolsky, Oleg Tsybulko, Mikhail Gubsky, Boris Rudak, Stanislav Mostovoy, Marat Gali, Irina Udalova, Elena Novak, Pavel Valuzhin, Anna Matsey, and Sophia Kriklenko.
  • Sydney Theatre Company
    • Last seen in New York in 2012 with its acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya, Sydney Theatre Company returns to the Festival with international stage and screen stars Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, joined by young newcomer Elizabeth Debicki in the U.S. premiere of Benedict Andrews’ production of Jean Genet’s dark, unsettling play, The Maids, in a new translation by STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews.
  • Heisei Nakamura-za
    • Lincoln Center Festival welcomes Japan’s leading Kabuki theater company, Heisei Nakamura-za, for its third Festival appearance with its definitive production of a classic revenge tale, Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree). The troupe made its sold-out North American debut with performances in a portable theater in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Festival 2004, and returned to the Festival in 2007, performing to enthusiastic audiences in Avery Fisher Hall. Dating back to the 17th century, the Nakamura family is the oldest lineage in Kabuki history, passing the 400-year-old performance traditions from father to son through 19 generations. After the death of Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, his eldest son, Nakamura Kankuro VI, was elevated to the leadership of this treasured Kabuki dynasty in a historic accession ceremony.
  • Rosas
    • Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the renowned Brussels-based danced company, Rosas, founded by dancer/choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, makes its first appearance at Lincoln Center Festival in 15 years, with four seminal works. De Keersmaeker, who is credited with establishing Belgium’s position as an important locus of modern dance, will dance in the company’s three earliest works: Fase (1982), Rosas danst Rosas (1983), and Elena’s Aria (1984). The fourth work is Bartók/Mikrokosmos (1987) to live music performed by members of Ictus. Performances take place at Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College.
  • Houston Grand Opera
    • The New York premiere performances of the Houston Grand Opera production of The Passenger, Mieczysław Weinberg’s uncompromising 1968 opera about the Holocaust, will include an enormous, multi-tiered set that takes full advantage of the scale of the Armory’s soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Prior to each performance of The Passenger, the ARC Ensemble from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, will perform three chamber concerts featuring works by Mieczysław Weinberg in the newly-restored Board of Officers Room at Park Avenue Armory.


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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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