Lincoln Center Festival 2014: World-class theater, dance and music

One of the city’s most thrilling multi-arts events, Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the globe

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Swan Lake; Bolshoi Ballet

Swan Lake; Bolshoi Ballet Photograh: Damir Yusupov

There’s no shortage of arts festivals in New York each summer. But they tend to be niche affairs, catering to Off-Off theater fans (the Fringe Festival), outdoor concertgoers (SummerStage) or classical-music buffs (Mostly Mozart).


Lincoln Center Festival is different: Spanning nations and artistic disciplines, it brings a wealth of top-notch work to various stages each July and August. Ace curator Nigel Redden and his producers rack up frequent-flier miles trekking everywhere from Iceland to Indonesia to discover exciting live acts to thrill local culture vultures.


Tickets can be expensive and they go fast, but unless you want to break the bank on airfare and hotels, the festival is a great way to see music, dance, theater and opera from around the world. Where else but in New York can you see the Bolshoi ballerinas dance one night, and Japanese Kabuki the next?


Lincoln Center Festival 2014 events

Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree)

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Japanese Kabuki troupe Heisei Nakamura-za returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a tale full of swordplay, spirits, double-crossing and thrills. A villainous samurai falls in love with a married woman, kills her husband and nearly murders her son. The stylized spectacle is led by Kabuki superstar Nakamura Kankuro VI, playing multiple roles with lightning-fast changes.

  1. Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall) Broadway, at 60th St
  2. Until Sat Jul 12
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Fase

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, De Keersmaeker's Belgium-based company revisits four early, iconic works. The performances begin with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), in which dancers embody Reich's Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase and Clapping Music. The run continues with the seminal Rosas danst Rosas (July 11, 12), Elena's Aria (July 13, 14) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15, 16).

  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Tue Jul 8 - Wed Jul 9
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The Passenger

  • Critics choice

Houston Grand Opera lands in the Park Avenue Armory—a site well-suited to ambitious music drama productions—to present the New York premiere of Polish-Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg's long-suppressed opera about a former SS prison camp guard. 

  1. Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Ave, between 66th and 67th Sts
  2. Until Sun Jul 13
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Rosas danst Rosas

  • Price band: 2/4

As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, De Keersmaeker's Belgium-based company revisits four early, iconic works. The performances begin with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), in which dancers embody Reich's Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase and Clapping Music. The run continues with the seminal Rosas danst Rosas (July 11, 12), Elena's Aria (July 13, 14) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15, 16).

  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Fri Jul 11 - Sat Jul 12
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The Tsar's Bride

  • Critics choice

When it comes to putting over Rimsky-Korsakov's opus about Ivan the Terrible's long-suffering better half, you simply could not ask for a more expert crew than the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus—all of whom will crowd into Avery Fisher Hall for this weekend run.

  1. Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
  2. Until Sun Jul 13
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Elena’s Aria

  • Price band: 2/4

As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, De Keersmaeker's Belgium-based company revisits four early, iconic works. The performances begin with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), in which dancers embody Reich's Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase and Clapping Music. The run continues with the seminal Rosas danst Rosas (July 11, 12), Elena's Aria (July 13, 14) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15, 16).

  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Sun Jul 13 - Mon Jul 14
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Bartók/Mikrokosmos

  • Price band: 2/4

As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, De Keersmaeker's Belgium-based company revisits four early, iconic works. The performances begin with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), in which dancers embody Reich's Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase and Clapping Music. The run continues with the seminal Rosas danst Rosas (July 11, 12), Elena's Aria (July 13, 14) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15, 16).

  1. Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) 899 Tenth Ave, between 58th and 59th Sts
  2. Tues Jul 15 - Wed Jul 16
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Swan Lake

  • Price band: 2/4

The glorious Bolshoi Ballet makes a six-day New York appearance as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The company will perform Yuri Grigorovich's Swan Lake (July 15–20), Alexei Fadeyechev's 1999 production of Don Quixote (July 22, 23), based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, and Grigorovich's Spartacus (July 25–27). The performances feature dancers Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Maria Vinogradova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Tue Jul 15 - Sun Jul 20
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Don Quixote

  • Price band: 2/4

The glorious Bolshoi Ballet makes a six-day New York appearance as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The company will perform Yuri Grigorovich's Swan Lake (July 15–20), Alexei Fadeyechev's 1999 production of Don Quixote (July 22, 23), based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, and Grigorovich's Spartacus (July 25–27). The performances feature dancers Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Maria Vinogradova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Wed Jul 23
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Spartacus

  • Price band: 2/4

The glorious Bolshoi Ballet makes a six-day New York appearance as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The company will perform Yuri Grigorovich's Swan Lake (July 15–20), Alexei Fadeyechev's 1999 production of Don Quixote (July 22, 23), based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, and Grigorovich's Spartacus (July 25–27). The performances feature dancers Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Maria Vinogradova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Fri Jul 25 - Sun Jul 27
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The Maids

  • Price band: 4/4

A revival of this classic drama by Jean Genet—French master of perversity and power struggles—would normally not equal box-office gold. But this Sydney Theatre Company import stars the incomparable Cate Blanchett. The film star plays a domestic servant who dreams of the fancy life—and maybe knocking off her wealthy employer.

  1. New York City Center 131 W 55th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sat Aug 16
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