Single tickets will go on sale on March 31 for ALL Lincoln Center Festival presentations. The festival, which runs from July 7 through August 16, 2014, with performances by artists and ensembles from 11 countries, and a co-presentation with Park Avenue Armory, will take place in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus.
The combined forces of The Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra and Chorus-340 strong, including world famous artists as well as rising stars-will grace Lincoln Center’s stages in productions that showcase the depth and range of the 238-year-old theater’s rich artistic tradition. The Bolshoi Ballet will dance three, evening-length ballets: Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and Spartacus (July 15-27).
Celebrated conductor Gennadi Rozhdhestvensky will lead The Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus in two performances (July 12 and 13) of the concert version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera rarity, The Tsar’s Bride, a fantastical tale about a single mysterious event during the long reign of 16th-century Tsar Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible), whose third wife Marfa died just days after their wedding.
The Bolshoi Ballet (Sergei Filin, Artistic Director) dances three programs at the David H. Koch Theater: Yuri Grigorovich’s 2001 production of Swan Lake, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of the company’s defining works (July 15-20); Alexei Fadeyechev’s 1999 production of Don Quixote, based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky after the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes, with music by Ludwig Minkus (July 22-23); and Grigorovich’s 1968 grand spectacle, Spartacus, with music by Aram Khachaturyan (July 25-27).
Last seen in New York in 2012 with its acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya, Sydney Theatre Company returns to the Festivalwith international stage and screen stars Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, joined by young newcomer Elizabeth Debickiin 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.
The haunting Houston Grand Opera production of The Passenger, Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s uncompromising 1968 Holocaust opera about two young women, an overseer and Polish prisoner entangled at Auschwitz, staged and translated by David Pountney, had its triumphant world premiere this February. The production will have its New York premiere performances, July 10, 12 and 13. This co-presentation of Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory features an enormous, multi-tiered set that takes full advantage of the scale of the Armory’s soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall.
On opening night, July 7, the Festival welcomes Japan’s leading Kabuki theater company, Heisei Nakamura-za, returning 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”), adapted from a 19th-century rakugo narrative by San'yutei Encho. Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki is a tour-de-force for the lead actor, Nakamura Kankuro VI. He is required to play three different roles (an artist, a faithful servant, and a villain) in this story of love, plots, and betrayal, culminating in a spectacular fight in a waterfall, in which he essentially fights himself – as he changes instantly between two characters as if by magic. Joining him onstage will be his brother, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, also a noted Kabuki actor, who specializes in onnagata roles, in which a male actor plays a female character (all of the parts in Kabuki theater are played by men). There will be eight performances of this production in the Rose Theater, July 7-12.
In addition to the performances, a Japanese Artisan Village outside the David H. Koch Theater on Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza will open a door into Japanese culture and the art of Kabuki theater. Booths will feature traditional Japanese handicrafts for sale, ranging from wood-fired pottery and handmade textiles to delicately crafted dolls and kanzashi (hair ornaments). The Artisan Village will be on the Plaza for two weeks, from July 1 through July 13.
Rosas, the renowned Brussels-based dance company founded by dancer/choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker,marks its 30th anniversary and makes its first appearance at Lincoln Center Festival in 15 years, with four, early seminal works. De Keersmaeker, who is credited with establishing Belgium’s position as an important locus of modern dance, is scheduled to dance in the company’s two earliest works: Fase (July 8-9) and Elena’s Aria (July 13-14). Other works on the program are Rosas danst Rosas (July 11-12) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15-16), which is danced to live music performed by members of Ictus. Performances take place at Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College.
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