Tomorrow brings the festival's first dance performance — by the Paul Taylor Dance Company, in a program featuring three of the troupe's well-known works: Book of Beasts, Lines of Loss and Esplanade. On Saturday, August 4, the company offers a second program, including the new comic piece Troilus & Cressida (reduced) as well as Airs, Profiles and Piazzolla Caldera. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. at the Damrosch Park Bandshell.
The theme of this year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors programming is the "Summer of Love," with looks at the music, dance and social movements of that tumultuous era. There will be a tribute to the civil rights movement (August 8), a Roots of American Music mini-festival (August 18-19), a homage to '60s jazz great Charles Mingus (August 26), an appearance by the legendary protest group Bread and Puppet Theater (August 8), a Hippy Flash Fashion Sideshow (August 4), a celebration of Latin music, dance and poetry called La Casita (August 25-26), and, in the spirit of Allen Ginsburg and good old East Village anarchism, an uptown version of the Howl Festival (August 11) which "has domesticated the counter-culture that formerly ran wild in Tompkins Square Park."
Dance performances at this year's Lincoln Center Out of Doors feature choreographers who remember the late '60s and, in some cases, were beginning projects that would change the face of modern dance in the U.S. In addition to Paul Taylor, choreographers whose work and companies will appear include Trisha Brown (August 14), Lula Washington (August 16-17), the hula revivalists of San Francisco's Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu (August 10 and 11), and — in a "'60s Snapshots" program on August 23 — Gus Solomons Jr, Merišn Soto, Yoshiko Chuma and Elaine Summers.
Among the many other offerings at this month's Lincoln Center Out of Doors — and you can find information on all of them at www.lincolncenter.org — one is described as "the sort of thing people wish they had invented in the 1960s." It's the Car Music Project, in which composer Bill Millbrodt has taken apart his 1982 Honda Accord and turned it into an orchestra.