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Lincoln Center Festival Brings the World’s Theater, Music, and Dance to NYC

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 7, 2017

The culturally diverse Lincoln Center Festival takes place this summer from July 10 through 30 with a very special and unique lineup of events. Whether you’re looking for an incomparable night of theatre, or to enjoy some of the world’s most diverse musical or dance performances, this festival provides access to artists from around the globe and not-your-everyday events and experiences. The scheduled programming once again provides credence that New York City is at the epicenter of access to the very best of the world’s artistic offerings, so take advantage of this rare opportunity that the Lincoln Center Festival is providing.


Scene from ‘Opening Skinner’s Box’ / Improbable Theatre Company; photo: Topher McGrillis.

Opening Skinner’s Box – Great Psychological Experiments of the 20th Century (North American Premiere)

Go on a historic tour through time with dramatizations of ten famous psychological experiments of the 20th Century. Presented by one of Britain’s most imaginative theatre companies, the Improbable Theatre Company. July 10–12 at 8:00pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

While I Was Waiting (North American Premiere)

Inspired by a true story, this play connects Syria to the rest of the world through the eyes of 30 year old Taim who has been beaten into a coma. Through his connections to loved one he finds answers to some of the most difficult questions surrounding his country, life, and human nature. July 19-21 at 8:00pm; July 22 at 2:00pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of an Assassination (North American Premiere)

For one night only theatregoers can experience this performance with live music and projected imagery, all imagined by acclaimed filmmaker Amos Gitai. It serves as a counterpoint to his 2015 film, Rabin, the Last Day. The story travels through time to explore the origins of the Israeli Prime Minister’s mysterious assassination in 1995. July 19 at 8:00 pm, Alice Tully Hall.

To the End of the Land (North American Premiere)

This theatrical phenomenon sold out across Israel before travelling to Lincoln Center. The drama is based on David Grossman’s acclaimed novel which explores the connection of past and future with a group of teenagers who met at a hospital during the Six-Day-War in 1967. Presented by Ha’Bima National Theatre and The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv this gripping story is sure to be unforgettable. July 24–27 at 7:30pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.


Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow is the Question

This film and performance series will honor the extraordinary contributions of jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman throughout his lifetime. His son Denardo Coleman is a collaborator on the series, and says of his late father that he not only thought outside of the box, he didn’t even see any boxes at all.

Ornettte Coleman; photo: Stephanie Berger.

  • Film Screening: Naked Lunch. With live orchestral accompaniment of the score by Ornette Coleman and Howard Shore. July 11, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall.
  • Film Screening: Ornette: Made in America. This documentary film explores the vast contributions Ornette’s originality had to the world of jazz. July 12, 6:00pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.
  • Music: Prime Time: A Reunion. This one-night-only musical tribute will include members of Coleman’s original jazz-funk fusion band. July 14, 8:00pm, Alice Tully Hall.
  • Music: Ornette: Chamber Music. Members of New York-based Ensemble Signal will perform Ornette’s lesser-known chamber music compositions. July 16, 2:00pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Gong Linna; photo: ©Stephanie Berger.

Cloud River Mountain

Chinese vocalist Gong Linna leads this musical journey through ancient Chinese myths and poetry. This performance in both Mandarin and English explores Chinese pop, folk, and avant-garde music, which has drawn comparisons to Björk. July 14-15 at 8:00pm, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

An Evening with Carlinhos Brown

Brazilian chart-topper Carlinhos Brown brings the Bahain sound to Lincoln Centre with colorful costumes and dance. July 15 at 8:00 pm, David Geffen Hall.

Carlinhos Brown; photo: Caio Gallucci.

Subotnick: Silver Apples of the Moon + Crowds and Power

Morton Subotnick comes to Lincoln Center in an onstage studio to perform works that span 50 years of his avant-garde vision. He will be performing his 1967 musical and technological piece Silver Apples of the Moon, which influenced generations of musicians, and some of the most popular artists of today. The performance will also include a world premiere performance by Joan La Barbara called Crowds and Power – a media poem with vocals, live imagery and electronics. July 20–22 at 8:30pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Nomadic Nights: Music at the Crossroads Series

Maria Pomianowska (U.S. Debut). Polish musician and composer Maria Pomianowska plays an ancient instrument, the Biłgoraj suka, with a unique fingernail technique. She makes her U.S. debut at the Lincoln Center with new repertoire for the instrument, influenced by Polish folk music, and her travels in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. July 25 at 8:00 pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Bohemian Trio: In the Shadow of Words. Nazareth-born brothers, Le Trio Joubran, blend Arabic music with jazz, rock, and flamenco styles. In this performance they will also pay tribute to the late poet Mahmoud Darwish of Palestine through a reading of his poetry set to music. Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Tcheka. For this solo show, musician and storyteller Tcheka brings a performance celebrating traditional music styles from Africa and Brazil, with a mix of jazz, blues, and rock. July 27 at 8:00pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

H’Sao. The Montreal-based musicians H’Sao, originally from Chad, are bringing their a cappella harmonies, jazz, R&B, reggae, and soul sensibilities to Lincoln Center in this one night only performance. July 28 at 8:00pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.


Saburo Teshigawara / KARAS: Sleeping Water (North American Premiere)

Hailed by the New York Times as Japan’s most important choreographer, Saburo Teshigawara returns to Lincoln Center with his newest work. This magical performance explores the moments between waking and sleeping with the use of transparent furniture, floating set pieces and riveting musical score. July 13-15 at 7:30pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Compagnie XY; photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage.

Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit

French Circus Collective Compagnie XY present a new acrobatic piece exploring emotion through movement. Described as an awe-inspiring experience for all ages, the physical theater troupe combines daredevil feats with a poetic touch to wonder and astonish. July 19- 22 at 8:00pm, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet: Jewels

This once in a lifetime presentation combines the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet to perform George Balanchine’s breathtaking masterpiece, Jewels. The ballet, which explores life and love, is returning to the Lincoln Center stage after it first premiered there 50 years ago. July 20–22 at 7:30pm and July 23 at 2:30pm, David H. Koch Theater.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

This ballet in two acts by Jean-Christophe Maillot sets Shakespeare’s tale to a score by Shostakovich, and is performed by the incomparable dancers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet. July 26–29 at 7:30pm and July 30 at 2:30pm, David H. Koch Theater.

Vladislav Lantratov and Ekaterina Krysanova in Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘Taming of the Shrew;’ photo: Elena Festisova / BolshoiTheatre

For more information on the festival and to purchase tickets click here.



Cover: Morton Subotnick; photo: ©Adam Kissick


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