Nigel Redden

“Every summer, the Lincoln Center Festival showcases a trove of inventive and daring performances.”
—Time Out New York

About Lincoln Center Festival

Note From The Director:

Lincoln Center Festival began with the idea of expanding the possibilities presented at Lincoln Center and bringing to audiences something that they could not see elsewhere. This is a challenging goal in a city as culturally rich as New York, and the result has been an eclectic mix of artists and productions representing over 50 countries as of Festival 2014. Central to the Festival has been an effort to look outside the Western European canon, to broaden notions of classicism by presenting classical works from other parts of the world. And, of course, the theaters of Lincoln Center have been our main stages, although on occasion we have presented performances elsewhere, notably at the Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College and at the Park Avenue Armory.

The history of the festival evokes memories of the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater from Vietnam (1996); Ta’ziyeh (2002), an indigenous form of music theater developed in Persia; the Kabuki theater of Heisei Nakamura-za (2004 and 2007), which returns this year; and I La Galigo (2005), based on an epic story sacred to the people of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII has brought his Nakamura-za, first to Damrosch Park and subsequently to Avery Fisher Hall, with his signature performances of Kabuki. The company, now led by Kanzaburo's sons, performs in 2014 at the Rose Theater. In 1999, the Festival produced the monumental Peony Pavillion in a full-length nineteen-hour version not seen anywhere in the world since it was first performed during the Ming Dynasty in China. These traditions have been embedded in the cultures of their respective regions for centuries, and the Festival provides the opportunity for New York audiences to experience such traditions first hand.

Nigel Redden
Director
Lincoln Center Festival