The 15th Lincoln Center Festival opens for 2010 with performances of Musashi written by Hisashi Inoue and directed by Yukio Ninagawa, and with Saburo Teshigawara’s Miroku following it. Peter Stein presents The Demons, a 12-hour adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed, for the first time in North America. Other theater pieces are a multimedia math drama titled A Disappearing Number by Simon McBurney / Complicite; Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Teorema based on Pasolini; and the Tbilisi Municipal Theatre Studio’s puppetry work The Battle of Stalingrad. Dance pieces other than Teshigawara’s include Fondly Do We Hope ... Fervently Do We Pray by Bill T. Jones and Chui Chai by Pichet Klunchun. Wuppertal Opera presents La porta della legge, an opera composed by Salvatore Sciarrino and based on Kafka’s fable Before the Law. The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), New York Philharmonic and other musicians perform all compositions of Edgard Varèse’s in concerts entitled (R)evolution.
The Lincoln Center Festival was launched in 1996 by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) with “the idea of expanding the possibilities presented at Lincoln Center and bringing to audiences something that they could not see elsewhere” which was “a challenging goal in a city as culturally rich as New York” and “an effort to look outside the Western European canon, to broaden notions of classicism by presenting classical works from other parts of the world.” The festival presents world-class performances ranging from grand opera to chamber music and theatre to ballet and modern dance, as well as cross-over works from around the world. The artistic director is Nigel Redden.