Lincoln Center Festival, Featuring Bill T. Jones' Fondly Do We Hope and Complicite's A Disappearing Number, Begins July 7

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07 Jul 2010

Bill T. Jones
Bill T. Jones
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The 2010 Lincoln Center Festival, an array of music, dance and theatre, launches July 7 with the U.S. premiere of Hisashi Inoue's Noh-inspired play Musashi.

Running through July 25, the Lincoln Center Festival presents ten U.S. and New York debuts as part of its programming that takes place across the Lincoln Center campus as well as on Governors Island in New York Harbor.

Musashi is the first of the theatrical programming of the season. It plays the David H. Koch Theater. Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa stages the work that "depicts a ruthless hunt for revenge circa 1600 between two samurai." Tatsuya Fujiwara and Ryo Katsuji star. Performances run through July 10.

Peter Stein's 12-hour marathon adaptation of Dostoyevsky's The Demons, the "prophetic 1872 novel inspired by a vision of Russia collapsing under the weight of conflicting ideologies," is presented on Governors Island July 10 and 11. A company of 26 actors inhabits the work that is performed with four intermissions, as well as lunch and dinner breaks.

Also on Governors Island is Toneelgroep Amsterdam's Teorama July 15-19. Adapted and directed by Ivo van Hove from the novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini, the work follows "the unraveling of a middle-class family after a mysterious stranger visits and changes their lives forever."



Simon McBurney and Complicite's A Disappearing Number, which earned the Olivier, the Evening Standard and the Critics' Circle Award for Best New Play, runs July 5-18 in the Koch Theater. "A meditation on what is permanent and what disappears forever, inspired by the collaboration of two of the 20th century's most important pure mathematicians, G.H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan."

Rezo Gabriadze's Georgian puppet theatre will offer Ermon and Ramona, "the story of an improbable love affair between a locomotive and a shunting engine in Soviet Russia," July 20-25 in the Clark Studio Theater.

Tony Award winning choreographer Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening, Fela!) and Arnie Zane Dance Company offer Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray July 15-17 in the Rose Theater. The full-evening work "investigates the many meanings of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, the U.S. President and the man."

For tickets and further information, phone (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.