Lincoln Center Announces 2018 White Light Festival, Including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Waiting for Godot

Classic Arts News   Lincoln Center Announces 2018 White Light Festival, Including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Waiting for Godot
The annual performance festival will run from October 16 through November 18.
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
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Lincoln Center's annual White Light Festival, featuring numerous cross-cultural performances embracing individual contemplation and communal artistic experiences, will return in the fall. The lineup includes events and productions across various venues in New York City.

The festival will open with the return of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra, in which the Belgian choreographer mixes contemporary dance with martial arts. Cherkaoui also choreographed the Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill (currently running at the American Repertory Theater) and the new Beyoncé and Jay-Z music video "Apeshit."

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, presented by Ireland's Druid Theater Company, will also play a 14-performance run November 2-13 as a part of the festival's lineup. The production premiered in the 2016 Galway International Arts Festival, where it won numerous awards and critical acclaim. Reprising their performances will be Garrett Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan, and Marty Rea. Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane) will helm the new interpretation of the popular production.

Among other offerings, the 2018 White Light Festival will also feature Xenos, Akram Khan’s solo work that combines classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance; Kaija Saariaho’s opera Only the Sound Remains directed by Peter Sellars, based on Ezra Pound’s translations of two Japanese Noh plays; an all-Bach evening with violinist Hilary Hahn; and the U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray from London’s Boy Blue, which fuses hip-hop dance with African-inspired grooves and an electronic score.

“Today we are both more connected and less connected than ever before,” said Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director of Lincoln Center. “This year’s White Light Festival offers an array of exemplary cross-cultural performances that explore inner contemplation as well as outward creative expression, offering new, profound communal experiences.”

For tickets and the full schedule of performances for the 2018 White Light Festival, visit or call CenterCharge at (212)-721-6500. Single tickets will be available to purchase beginning June 25.

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