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News Les Éphémères Opens the Lincoln Center Festival July 7 The U.S. premiere of Le Théâtre du Soleil's two-part theatrical event Les Éphémères launches the 2009 Lincoln Center Festival July 7.
Scene from Les Eph
Scene from Les Eph

Ariane Mnouchkine directs the work at the Park Avenue Armory, which according to press notes, "asks life’s ultimate question: What would you do if the end of the world were imminent?" Les Éphémères is offered as a rotating two-part evening, with full-cycle presentations on July 11, 12, 18 and 19. Performed in French with English supertitles, the large ensemble work features a score by Jean-Jacques Lemêtre.

The opening night of the festival also features the New York premiere of Hungary's Katona József Theatre production of Chekhov's Ivanov, which plays the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College through July 11.

Additional theatrical offerings include Poland's Narodowy Stary Teatr's production of Kalkwerk. Krystian Lupa directs the stage adaptation of Thomas Bernhard's novel, which begins performances July 14 and runs through July 18 at the Lynch Theater.

Béla Pintér and Company make their U.S. debut with Peasant Opera, running July 21-25 at the Clark Studio Theater. St. Petersburg's Maly Drama Theatre offers a stage adaptation of Vasily Grossman's novel, "Life and Fate." Under the direction of Lev Dodin, Life and Fate will run July 21-26 at the Lynch Theater.

Beginning July 22, Moscow's Chekhov International Theatre Festival will stage Alexander Pushkin's 1825 play, Boris Godunov. Directed by Declan Donnellan, Boris will play the Park Avenue Armory through July 26. The last theatrical work will be the New York premiere of Piccolo Teatro di Milano's Trilogia della villeggiatura. Toni Servillo directs and stars in the Carlo Goldoni comedy, which runs July 22-26 at the Rose Theater. Additional programming includes performances by Shen Wei Dance Arts, Emanuel Gat Dance and musicians Idir and Najat Aatabou as well as A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue, Afro Blues for the 21st Century and Two by Four with the Ruhr.

For tickets and further information on the Lincoln Center Festival, running through July 26, phone (212) 721-6500 or visit LincolnCenter.

Scene from <i>Les Eph</i>
Scene from Les Eph

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