Lincoln Center’s 2017 summer festival begins July 10, with a lineup that features 20 international productions and 43 performances across dance, music, theatre, and film from around the U.S. and the world.
The 22nd annual Lincoln Center Festival runs through July 30. Inspired by the social and political landscape, this year’s festival is focused on the theme of “Crossing Borders.“
“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 an earlier press statement. Redden announced shortly after that the 2017 festival would be his last at the helm and that he was stepping down after almost 20 years.
The 2017 festival showcases plays from Syria and Israel, including 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. Performances begin July 10.
In the world of ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Paris Opera Ballet are coming together onstage for a special 50th anniversary presentation of George Balanchine’s 1967 masterpiece, Jewels. Performances will run July 20-23 in the David H. Koch Theater.
(Updated July 10, 2017)