New York’s Lincoln Center Festival begins (Jul. 7 – Aug. 2, 2015)
New York’s large-scale performing arts festival, the Lincoln Center Festival, is held again this year. Rather than focusing on cutting-edge work by younger artists, this festival is characterized by its large number of invited works by already recognized international artists.
One of the features of this year’s program was the director Yukio Ninagawa’s production of Kafka on the Shore based on a text by Haruki Murakami. This is the first appearance of a Ninagawa production at this festival since the Hisashi Inoue play MUSASHI in 2010. Other prominent works include German director Thomas Ostermeyer’s adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, the puppet theater production Ramona by the Russian writer and director Revaz Gabriadze, British director Declan Donnellan’s production of Ubu Roi, the National Ballet of China’s performance of The Peony Pavilion, among others.
On the music program was a live concert of Danny Elfman’s music from films of Tim Burton, Performances of music of Beethoven and Dvorák by the Cleveland Orchestra, an experimental “soundscapes” by Heiner Goebbels and more.
The Lincoln Center Festival was launched in 1996 by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) with the aim of expanding the possibilities of what the Lincoln Center present to audiences that can’t be seen anywhere else and achieving things that are difficult in a culturally rich city like New York, while at the same time upholding the traditional arts of the West and non-Western cultures. The festival presents programs of world-class performances by leading artists, ranging from grand opera to chamber music and theater to ballet and modern dance, as well as cross-over works. In 2008, the “Heisei Nakamura-za of the late Kanzaburo Nakamura was invited to this festival for the first time. The artistic director is Nigel Redden.
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