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Lincoln Center Festival begins July 10th
 The Lincoln Center Festival, which has become one of New York’s famed summer attractions, begins this year on July 10. Renowned artists from a wide range of genres including dance, music, music theater, opera and theater gather from around the world, and some 60 performances are to be given before the end of the festival on July 30. This festival was started in 1996 by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) under the objectives of introducing contemporary art in its many forms, and in honoring the traditions of both the Western and non-Western worlds. Nigel Redden serves as the general director. Several productions from Japan have also participated in the festival, including a performance by Kankuro (now Kanzaburo) Nakamura’s Heisei Nakamura-za company featuring a specially built temporary Kabuki theater in 2004, and Ninagawa Yukio’s production of Kindai Nogakushu in 2005. The main program of 2006 features a number of works based on classical literature, including Tony Award winner Julie Taymor’s production of Grendel, and Benjamin Begby’s musical one-man performance of Beowulf, which became famous after its first showing at the 1997 Festival. As far as productions related to Japan, Saburo Teshigawara will be performing his solo work “Bones in Pages” at the Rose Theater (July 21, 22), and a performance called “Geisha” (July 27-30), produced by Singaporean stage director Ong Keng Sen in collaboration with Japanese shamisen players, buyo (traditional Japanese dance) dancers and Toru Yamanaka, former musical director of the Japanese performance group “dumb type.”
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