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The Lincoln Center Festival guide

Each summer Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the world

Photograph: Courtesy Agathe Poupeney
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One of the city’s most thrilling multi-arts events, Lincoln Center Festival offers stunning plays, dance, operas and visual art from around the world. There’s no shortage of arts festivals in New York each summer. But they tend to be niche affairs, catering to musical-theater fans (the New York Musical Festival), outdoor concertgoers (Central Park SummerStage) or classical-music buffs (Mostly Mozart Festival).

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

Tickets can be expensive and 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—without leaving home. Where else but in New York can you see French acrobats leap through the air one night and the Bolshoi Ballet dance pirouettes the next?

What is Lincoln Center Festival?

It's Lincoln Center's annual summer festival of dance, theater, music, opera and multidiscplinary performance from around the world.

When is Lincoln Center Festival?

Lincoln Center Festival runs July 10 through July 30, 2017.

Where is Lincoln Center Festival?

Festival venues tend to be concentrated around the Lincoln Center campus, inlcuding Alice Tully Hall, the David H. Koch Theater and the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. Most years, the festival also presents work in the Rose Theater at the Time Warner Center and at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Where do I get tickets?

Visit Lincoln Center Festival's home page for tickets and other details of the festival.

Lincoln Center Festival 2017 coverage

Lincoln Center Festival 2017 announces theater, dance and music from around the world
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Lincoln Center Festival 2017 announces theater, dance and music from around the world

The New York institution has revealed details of this year’s international lineup of theater, dance and music

Theater events

Opening Skinner’s Box
Theater

Opening Skinner’s Box

The inventive U.K. company Improbable takes audiences on a guided tour of 20th-century psychological experiments

While I Was Waiting
Theater

While I Was Waiting

Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar depicts the family of a young man who is beaten into a coma in Damascus

Compagnie XY: Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit
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Compagnie XY: Il N’est Pas Encore Minuit

The French collective of acrobats explores the quest for balance in a poetic neocirque show created with choreographer Loïc Touzé

To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land

Hanan Snir adapts David Grossman’s best-selling novel, which spans decades in the lives and loves of a war-torn Israeli family

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Dance events

Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS: Sleeping Water
Dance

Saburo Teshigawara/KARAS: Sleeping Water

Japanese dance auteur Teshigawara returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a new work on themes of sleep and consciousness

Jewels
Dance

Jewels

Paris Opera Ballet, New York City Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet perform George Balanchine's celebration of international dance

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew

The glorious Russian company dances a ballet version of Shakespeare's war-of-the-sexes comedy

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Music events

Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow Is the Question
Music

Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow Is the Question

Over four nights, Lincoln Center Festival celebrates at the work of avant-jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, who died in 2015

Subotnick
Music

Subotnick

Electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick revisits his landmark 1967 album, Silver Apples of the Moon

Archive Lincoln Center Festival coverage

The complete Lincoln Center Festival 2016 lineup
Theater

The complete Lincoln Center Festival 2016 lineup

The 2016 edition offers work from Japan, England, Canada, France and here at home

2016 review: The Merchant of Venice
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2016 review: The Merchant of Venice

Game of Thrones’ Jonathan Pryce plays Shakespeare’s Shylock

Beautiful photos of the National Ballet of China’s The Peony Pavilion
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Beautiful photos of the National Ballet of China’s The Peony Pavilion

On a rare visit to our shores, the National Ballet of China performs its internationally acclaimed classic

Meet the characters of Monkey: Journey to the West
Things to do

Meet the characters of Monkey: Journey to the West

One of the highlights of this year’s Lincoln Center Festival is based on a 16th-century Chinese folktale

Lincoln Center Festival 2012: stage classics from Russia, Ireland, Australia and around the world
Theater

Lincoln Center Festival 2012: stage classics from Russia, Ireland, Australia and around the world

One of the summer’s main events gives you reason not to take a vacation to an exotic locale

Lincoln Center Festival 2010
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Lincoln Center Festival 2010

We review epic work from Japan, Italy and England

Lincoln Center Festival: Les Éphémères
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Lincoln Center Festival: Les Éphémères

Time is fleeting in French berdirector Ariane Mnouchkine’s new work with her communal troupe

Lincoln Center Festival: DruidSynge
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Lincoln Center Festival: DruidSynge

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