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Heisei Nakamura-za performance scheduled for Lincoln Center Festival 2007 (July 10-29, 2007)
 New York’s annual summer attraction, the Lincoln Center Festival begins this year on July 10. The three-week schedule includes 93 performances by international in the fields of dance, music, opera and theater, spanning the classics and the contemporary repertoires.
One of the highlights of this year’s schedule is sure to be the Kabuki performances of the Heisei Nakamura-za. The Heisei Nakamura-za is a project begun in 2000 as an attempt to revive the good old days of Kabuki when it was performed in the small Nakamura-za theater in Edo (present Tokyo) in the 17th century. To re-create that atmosphere in present-day Japan, Kanzaburo Nakamura XVIII began holding performances in temporary outdoor tent theaters. As its first overseas performance, Heisei Nakamura-za participated in the 2004 Lincoln Center Festival in a well-received production, re-creating in the square in front of the Lincoln Center the same temporary theater it had used in the Asakusa district of Tokyo on the banks of the Sumida River. This time Heisei Nakamura-za will do theater productions of the traditional Kabuki plays Renjishi and Hokaibo. Of these, the Hokaibo production will be a new production directed by the contemporary theater director Kazuyoshi Kushida.
Other highlights of the festival include a three-week run of a New York premiere of a joint production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle by the Lincoln Center and the New York Metropolitan Opera with soloists from the Kirov Opera Company.
The theater program this time focuses on drama from the Spanish world with performance by the renowned Divinas Palabras company and productions from Argentina, Chile and Mexico.
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) launched the Lincoln Center Festival in 1996 with the aim of introducing the forms and perspective of contemporary arts in the world today and presenting the best of the traditional arts. The artistic director is Nigel Redden. This is a festival that presents a broad-ranging array of the leading works and artists of the world today in everything from grand opera to chamber music, theater to multimedia expression, ballet to modern dance to contemporary works that defy traditional genre classification.
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