Lincoln Center Festival, Including Opera Based On "Dancer in the Dark" and RSC Residency, Launches

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The Lincoln Center Festival launches July 5 with Peter Brook's intimate, 90-minute staging of Mozart's A Magic Flute at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.

Garry Hynes
Garry Hynes

Brook's staging, which runs through July 17, features Dima Bawab, Malia Bendi-Merad, Leila Benhamza, Luc Bertin-Hugault, Patrick Bolleire, Jean-Christophe Born, Raphaël Brémard, Thomas Dolié, Antonio Figueroa, Virgile Frannais, Betsabée Haas, Matthew Morris, Agnieszka Sławińska, Adrian Strooper, Jeanne ZaepffelActors William Nadylam and Abdou Ouologuem.

As previously reported, a majority of the Lincoln Center Festival's theatrical programming is devoted to the Royal Shakespeare Company's repertory engagement at the Park Avenue Armory, which will run July 6-Aug. 14.

RSC has constructed full-scale replica of its intimate thrust stage Courtyard Theatre within the Armory to house productions of As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, King Lear and The Winter's Tale. For full details, read's article here.

Also presented is the U.S. premiere of the Kanagawa Arts Theatre's The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, July 21-23 at Frederick P. Rose Hall. Amon Miyamoto (Pacific Overtures) directs the work, which is based on the novel by Yukio Mishima, about "Japan in the very troubled time surrounding World War II. It is a stunning tale of the power of beauty and how it corrupts the mind of a young Buddhist acolyte, Mizoguchi, who becomes obsessed with beauty’s destruction." The cast features Go Morita, Sousuke Takaoka and Shunsuke Daito.

Seán O'Casey's The Silver Tassie will run July 24-31 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Garry Hynes (The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan) directs original cast members Eamon Morrissey, John Olohan, Garrett Lombard, Charlie Murphy and Clare Dunne. The classic "takes place during and just after World War I and tells the story of two teenage football heroes who are plucked from the tenements of Dublin and thrown onto the battlefields of France. The 'tassie' of the title refers to a silver trophy cup and to a poem by Robert Burns called The Silver Tassie about a young man going off to war. This epic staging of one of O'Casey's great plays involves all the resources of the theater, including live music and dance."

Festival programming also includes the world premiere of David Michalek's large-scale visual art installment "Portraits in Dramatic Time" (July 5-31), featuring "hyper-slow-motion video performance-portraits" of artists from around the world. The work is projected onto an 85 ft. wide by 45 ft. screen installed on the facade of the David H. Koch Theater. Among the artists represented are Patti LuPone, Marin Ireland, Roger Rees, Alan Rickman, Lili Taylor, James Thierree, Neal Huff, Chris Chalk and more.

The Royal Danish Opera and Orchestra will present the U.S. premiere of Selma Ježková, the opera based on Lars von Trier’s musical film "Dancer in the Dark." Poul Ruders composed the score, with a libretto by Henrik Engelbrecht based on the original screenplay.

Kasper Holten directs a cast including Ylva Kihlberg, Palle Knudsen, Hanne Fischer, Guido Paevatalu, Gert Henning-Jensen and Ulla Kudsk Jensen. The original film famously starred Björk and Catherine Deneuve. The English-language presentation will be presented July 29 at the Rose Theatre.

 For tickets phone (212) 721-6500, or visit LincolnCenterFestival.

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