Lincoln Center Festival Announces 2017 Lineup

News   Lincoln Center Festival Announces 2017 Lineup The 22nd annual event is focused on “crossing borders,” according to festival director Nigel Redden.
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Lincoln Center has announced the lineup for its 2017 summer festival, which will run July 10–30. The 22nd annual Lincoln Center Festival will feature 20 international productions and 43 performances across dance, music, theatre, and film from around the U.S. and the world.

“One thing that has emerged as a theme this year—because the world has certainly changed since the 2016 Festival—is that our international festival has become about borders and specifically about crossing them,” commented festival director Nigel Redden in a press statement.

In light of this mission, this year’s festival will showcase plays from Syria and Israel. These will include Israeli filmmaker Amos Gital’s play about the assassination of the Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin: Chronicle of Assassination (July 19), Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar’s family drama about a man stopped at a Damascus checkpoint, While I Was Waiting (July 19–22), and Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv’s sold-out production of To the End of the Land by David Grossman (July 24–27).

The festival’s theatre lineup also features the U.S. premiere of Opening Skinner’s Box from Britain’s Improbable Theatre. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s 2004 book, the show offers an overview of the 20th century’s most famous psychological experiments.

In the world of ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet will come together onstage for a special 50th anniversary presentation of George Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece, Jewels; $20 lottery tickets will be available with details to be announced at a later date. Performances will run July 20-23 in the David H. Koch Theater.

Lincoln Center Festival goes on sale to Friends of Lincoln Center beginning March 22 and to the general public starting March 29. For more information, including the complete lineup, and to buy tickets, visit LincolnCenterFestival.org or the David Geffen Hall Box Office or call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500.

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