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2005 Lincoln Center Festival opens on July 12th
 New York’s annual summer festival of the arts inviting performing artists from around the world, the Lincoln Center Festival, opens on the 12th of July. With artists from 25 countries representing the fields of dance, music, music theater, opera and theater, this year’s festival will feature 57 performances during the month of July, including 11 world premieres. Begun in 1996 by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts LCPA), this festival is dedicated to introducing the forms and perspectives of contemporary arts of the world and paying tribute to the classical artistic traditions of the Western and non-Western world. Under general director Nigel Redden, the festival a wide variety of the finest performing arts from around the globe, ranging from grand opera to chamber music, theater to multimedia works, ballet to modern dance, as well as works that cross the traditional boundaries of art genre.
+The 2005 festival schedule includes
The US premiere of the Indonesian epic I La Galigo directed by Robert Wilson. This work combines music, dance, poetry and drama and the entire cast of 50 people area all Indonesian dancers, martial arts performers and musicians.
U.S. premiere of Le Theatre du Soleil’s Le Dernier Caravanserail (Odyssees) dramatizing the plight of refugees, directed by Ariane Mnouchkine, in Damrosch Park
A night of hip-hop teams Wyclef Jean with Senegal’s Daara J
World premiere of My Life As A Fairy Tale conceived and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng, music by Stephin Merritt, Libretto by Erik Ehn, with Blair Brown
U.S. premiere of Brian Ferneyhough’s first opera Shadowtime
World premiere of a new work by Shen Wei Dance Arts, marking this company’s third straight appearance in the Lincoln center Festival.
Piccolo Teatro di Milano’s acclaimed Arlecchino, Servant of Two Masters directed by Giorgio Strehler
Avant-garde puppeteer Basil Twist’s version of Respighi’s opera Sleeping Beauty
Two plays from Mishima’s Modern Noh Plays directed by Yukio Ninagawa, including Sotoba Komachi and Yoroboshi. Performers include Tatsuya Fujiwara and Mari Natsuki, and the performances will be at the Rose Theater on July 28, 29 and 30.
Revival of Merce Cunningham’s spectacular, Ocean; which is the last joint work by Merce Cunningham and John Cage that premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival in 1996. It is inspired by the multi-layered novel style of James Joyce and it is performed with the audience surrounding the dance stage and an orchestra of 112 musicians surrounding the audience. The first performance will be on the festival’s opening night, July 12th, and will be the inaugural performance of the newly renovated Rose Theater.
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