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Lincoln Center Festival opens on July 7 (until July 26, 2009)
 In this year’s 14th holding of the Lincoln Center Festival (2009), Le Th éâtre du Soleil company uses New York’s Park Avenue Armory (a reformed former military facility) to re-create the environment of its Cartoucherie home base in suburban Paris, which is itself a renovated former munitions factory. There it will perform a six-hour production of the epic work Les Éphémères (diptych). Also, Piccolo Teatro di Milano will present a new production of Goldoni’s satirical play Trilogia della villeggiatura (trilogy of a summer retreat) formerly directed by Giorgio Strehler. The new production is directed Toni Servillo, who also performs a lead role.

The program also has a strong representation of Russian and Eastern European theater with work including a production of Boris Godunov by the Chekhov International Theater Festival, a production by the Maly Drama Theatre of the play Life and Fate based on the novel by Vasily Grossman, a production of Ivanov by Hungary’s Katona Jôzsef Theatre and Béla Pintér’s Peasant Opera, plus a production of a play titled Kalkwerk by Poland’s Narodowy Stary Teatr based on a transliteration of the Thomas Bernhard novel. There will also be performances of Lincoln Center commissioned works by Emanuel Gat Dance and Shen Wei Dance Arts, with latter of which is commissioned as the third work of a trilogy.

Performances by Japanese artists will include a recital by Japanese pianist Maki Namekawa with Dennis Russell Davies. Namekawa began performing publicly with the internationally famous media arts festival Ars Electronica.

Festival Outline:
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.
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Dates: July 7 – 26, 2009
Venues: Lincoln Center Theater, etc.