The Lincoln Center Festival is a summer fixture of cultural life in New York presenting a wide variety of world-class arts events. Now in its 13th year, the 2008 Festival opened with performances of The Bacchae by the National Theatre of Scotland, in a new version of Euripides’ classical play written by playwright David Greig from the Ian Ruffell translation and directed by John Tiffany. This will be followed by Dublin, Ireland’s Gate Theatre performing Gate | Beckett, a series of five works based not only on Beckett’s plays but also his poetry and prose. Also on the program is the William Forsythe masterpiece Impressing the Czar (premiered 1988) performed as a contemporary dance work by Belgium’s Royal Ballet of Flanders. Another highlight is the first North American performance of the German opera Die Soldaten produced the Ruhr Triennale. This year’s lineup has been chosen primarily from works of British and European performing arts.
[About the Festival] The Lincoln Center Festival was launched in 1996 by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) with the aim of presenting contemporary arts from around the world and upholding the traditional arts of the West and non-Western cultures. The festival presents world-class performances ranging from grand opera to chamber music and theater to ballet and modern dance, as well as cross-over works. The artistic director is Nigel Redden.