Running Aug. 7-24, the 38th annual Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival presents free summer arts programming at the Lincoln Center Bandshell in Damrosch Park, located at 62nd Street at Amsterdam Avenue.
On Aug. 8 at 7:30 PM Passing Strange's Armitage and her company Armitage Gone! Dance will collaborate with Lukas Ligeti's musical group Burkina Electric to stage the U.S. premiere of Summer of Love.
Also on the bill that evening is Ronald K. Brown, who previously choreographed Crowns and The English Only Restaurant Off-Broadway. Brown and his award-winning Evidence/A Dance Company will present High Life and Upside Down.
Singer and actress Simone (Rent, Aida) takes to the Lincoln Center Bandshell Aug. 10 at 7 PM. Simone – the daughter of legendary soul singer Nina Simone – an accomplished vocalist and songwriter in her own right, appears with the Rob Stoneback Big Band to pay tribute to her late mother.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic family musical The Sound of Music gets a contemporary dance overhaul Aug. 16 at 3 PM. Choreographer Doug Elkins creates a dance-narrative replete with "hip hop-influenced lonely goatherds and other urban updates. The show features a cast of downtown dance all-stars including Elkins, vogue icon Archie Burnett, choreographer David Parker, new vaudevillian Mark Gindick, baritone Johnnie Moore," and the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein score. Prior to the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival, songstress and actress Nellie McKay (Threepenny Opera) will kick-off Midsummer Night Swing July 8 at 6:30 PM. McKay will be joined by the Aristocrats Swing Band for an evening of music inspired by the American songbook. Tickets for the event are $15.
For further information visit www.lincolncenter.org.