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Lincoln Center Festival Theater Presentations, Jul 6-28, 2013

LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL 2013, JULY 6–28
THEATER PRESENTATIONS

Lincoln Center Festival, which runs from July 6 through 28, 2013 will unfold in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus. Theater figures prominently in the 2013 Festival with international productions by a range of renowned directors and theater companies. A chronological listing follows.

For the overview press release on the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival, click here.

For complete Festival programming, visit: LincolnCenterFestival.org. Tickets are available online, via CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 and at the Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall box offices, 65th Street and Broadway.

Lincoln Center Festival 2013 is sponsored by American Express.

Major support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Monkey: Journey to the West
July 6–July 28, 2013
27 performances, David H. Koch Theater

Concept, Libretto, and Stage Direction Chen Shi-Zheng
Composer Damon Albarn
Visual Concept, Animation and Costumes Jamie Hewlett
Conductor Brad Lubman
Lighting Designer Nick Richings
Sound Designer Barry Bartlett
Masks, Prosthetics, Makeup and Wigs Bertrand Dorcet

With: Lu Wang (Monkey King), Yangyang Cao (Monkey King), Yisha Chen (Spider Woman), Jiaojiao Chen (Princess Iron Fan), Yuanyuan Huo (Guan Yin), Li Li (Tripitaka), Chang Liu (Subodhi / Buddha), Kun Liu (Dragon King), Borui Dong (Sandy), Kejia Xu (Pigsy), Zhuoran Yao (White Skeleton Demon), and the Jiangsu Yancheng Acrobatic Company

Monkey: Journey to the West is a music theater piece based on a classic Chinese folktale “Journey to the West” which dates to 1592. It is conceived, written and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng. The composer is Damon Albarn, best known in the U.S. as the singer/songwriter in the band Blur. The designer/animator is Jamie Hewlett, who, together with Albarn, created the virtual band, Gorillaz*.

Over the course of this 110-minute, fantastical journey, the monk Tripitaka, travels from China to India, facing many challenges while searching for the sacred Buddhist scriptures. The mischievous Monkey King leads Tripitaka and his animal companion protectors, including a pig and a horse, in a series of perilous and comic adventures and misadventures.

The dazzling production combines elements of music theater, bold and stunning animation, and performances by Chinese vocalists, martial artists and the Jiangsu Yancheng Acrobatic Company. Damon Albarn’s original and compelling score uses washes of electronic sounds, brass fanfares, electronic percussion, and Chinese pop melodies. Jamie Hewlett’s designs, animations, and eye-popping costumes reference the world of Japanese animé.

Monkey: Journey to the West created a sensation when it premiered at the first Manchester International Festival in England in 2007. It was then performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at Spoleto Festival USA, followed by performances at the Royal Opera House in London.

New videos, including interviews with director Chen Shi-Zheng and a Rapid-Fire video with Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, are available on our Press Room (see right column)

Singer/songwriter/producer Damon Albarn is the recipient of four Brits, two Ivor Novello Awards and a Grammy Award. His second opera Dr Dee, co-created with Rufus Norris, premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2011. In addition to his work with Blur and Gorillaz, Albarn has released a number of recordings, including Mali Music (2002), The Good The Bad and The Queen (2006), Monkey: Journey to the West (2007), Rocket Juice & The Moon (2012) and Dr Dee (2012). He has also produced music for Gorillaz, Amadou and Mariam, written music for film soundtracks, and most recently co-produced Bobby Womack’s current album The Bravest Man in The Universe. Albarn formed Africa Express, a collective of African and Western musicians in 2007, and toured the UK with them aboard a train last September as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Creator of comic book series Tank Girl and co-creator of Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett has forged a distinctive visual style and a unique place in British pop culture. Tank Girl was his first major commercial success. Hewlett also conceived the visual concept behind the several-million-selling, multi-award-winning virtual band Gorillaz, which won him the Design Museum's Designer of the Year Award in 2006. Other projects include the Bafta award-winning titles for the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Chen Shi-Zheng directed the epic Peony Pavilion for Lincoln Center Festival 99 and subsequently staged three other productions for the Festival: The Night Banquet, 2002; The Orphan of Zhao, 2003; and My Life as a Fairytale, 2005. His other opera credits include Monteverdi’s Orfeo with English National Opera; Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the Spoleto Festival USA; Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Aix-en Provence Festival; Miss Fortune at the Royal Opera House in London; and Nixon in China for Theatre du Châtelet in Paris. His first film, Dark Matter, won the Sundance Film Festival's Alfred P. Sloan Award. For Festival 2013, he is also directing the chamber opera, Matsukaze (Wind in the Pines) by Toshio Hosokawa.

*About Gorillaz

A truly global phenomenon, Gorillaz—singer 2D, bassist Murdoc Niccals, Japanese guitar prodigy Noodle and drummer Russel Hobbs—has achieved ground-breaking success in in popular music, and was recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the planet’s Most Successful Virtual Act.

Put together by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, the band’s eponymous debut album was released to wide acclaim in 2001. Three studio albums, Gorillaz (2001), Demon Days (2005) and Plastic Beach (2010) featured collaborations with a wide array of artists including Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Lou Reed and Dennis Hopper.

Gorillaz has topped the charts around the world, hitting #1 in more than a dozen countries and garnering sales in excess of 13 million. The band has also received influential awards and recognition that reach beyond music including a Grammy and an Ivor Novello, a Webby Award and a Designer of the Year Award for Jamie Hewlett, and the Jim Henson Creativity Honor.

Monkey: Journey to the West performance schedule: Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. (preview).; Sunday, July 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. (previews); Tuesday, July 9 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 11 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 12 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 13 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 16 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 17 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 18 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 20 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 21 at 2 and 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 23 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m.; Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, July 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, July 28 at 2 and 8 p.m.

Running time: 110 minutes

Tickets are priced from $25.00. Visit MonkeyJourneytotheWest.org or LincolnCenterFestival.org, go to the Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall or David H. Koch Theater box offices, or call CenterCharge, 212/721-6500. Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.

The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Monkey: Journey to the West is made possible in part by generous support from the Tang Family Foundation, Jennie and Richard DeScherer and the Asian Cultural Council.

Makeup provided by M.A.C.
Tour made possible by:
Jiangsu Provincial Department of Culture
Government of Yancheng City
Government of Jianhu County
Mr. Yaoxing Xu
Mr Guoqiang Wei
Mr. Qifa Ge

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Le Théâtre de l’Atelier
July 9-14, 2013
Seven performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Based on the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
Adapted for the stage by Christopher Hampton
French translation by Fanette Barraya
Directed by John Malkovich
Set Design by Pierre-François Limbosch
Costume, hair and makeup design by Mina Ly
Lighting by Christophe Grelié
Music by Nicolas Errèra

With: Sophie Barjac (Madame de Rosemonde), Agathe Le Bourdonnec (Cécile de Volanges), Jina Djemba (Madame de Tourvel), Lazare Herson-Macarel (Azolan), Mabô Kouyaté (Chevalier Danceny), Yannik Landrein (Vicomte de Valmont), Pauline Moulène (Madame de Volanges), Julie Moulier (Marquise de Merteuil) and Lola Naymark (Emilie).

John Malkovich, who so memorably played the seductive Valmont in Stephen Frears’ 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons, now directs the story for the stage with young actors from Paris’s Théâtre de l’Atelier. It is a French language production of the 1985 Christopher Hampton play about power, seduction and lies, based on the 18th-century epistolary French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.

In Malkovich’s staging of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Valmont, the Marquise de Merteuil, and the other characters face each other in a set that resembles a rehearsal studio, with clothing and water bottles scattered about. Each scene is announced by Valmont’s valet, Azolan. The actors are matched in age to the characters they portray, and the love letters central to the plot are sent on smartphones and electronic tablets. All the actors—even those not in a particular scene—remain on stage observing their colleagues. The self-consciousness of the actors as they watch each other perform mirrors the self-consciously executed intrigue as the plot unfolds.

The costumes, like the set, are a blend of period and modern elements, with frock coats paired with skinny jeans, emphasizing the idea that the characters live partially in the artificial world of the play and partly in the real one, of a rehearsal. The actors speak an elegant 18th-century French; there are English supertitles.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses performance schedule: July 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7 p.m.; July 13 at 2 and 7 p.m.;

July 14 at 2 p.m.

Running time: Approximately two hours, 35 minutes, with one intermission

Tickets are priced from $55.00. Visit LincolnCenterFestival.org, go to the Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall box offices, or call CenterCharge, 212/721-6500. Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.

The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses is sponsored by First Republic Bank and made possible in part by generous support from The Florence Gould Foundation and The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation.

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Shun-kin
Complicite
July 9-13, 2013
Six performances, Rose Theater

Directed by Simon McBurney
Based on the writings of Jun’ichiro Tanizaki
Composer Honjoh Hidetaro
Designed by Merle Hensel and Rumi Matsui
Costumes by Christina Cunningham
Lighting by Paul Anderson
Sound by Gareth Fry
Projection by Finn Ross
Puppetry by Blind Summit Theatre

With Kaho Aso, Songha Cho, Eri Fukatsu, Honjoh Hidetaro, Kentaro Mizuki, Yasuyo Mochizuki, Yoshi Oida, Keitoku Takata, Ryoko Tateishi, Junko Uchida

Shun-kin is a co-production by Complicite with the Setagaya Public Theater and the Barbican London

Director Simon McBurney and the company he co-founded, Complicite—celebrating its 30th anniversary—return to Lincoln Center Festival with Shun-kin, their second collaboration with Tokyo’s Setagaya Public Theater. At Lincoln Center Festival 2004, Complicite and Setagaya Public Theater staged The Elephant Vanishes by post-modernist author, Haruki Murakami. With Shun-kin, the company plunges us into a shadowy 19th-century world.

Praised as one of the company’s finest achievements by London critics, Shun-kin is inspired by two works written in 1933 by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki: A Portrait of Shun-kin (based on a Thomas Hardy story and influenced by Edgar Allan Poe) and his aesthetic essay, “In Praise of Shadows.” The two works are intertwined to unfold the story in the production which, in the style of much of McBurney’s work, creates many levels of time, meaning, and significance.

The tale, set in 19th-century Japan, revolves around the relationship between the domineering Shun-kin, an Osaka merchant’s blind daughter, and the devotedly submissive Sasuke, who learns from her the art of playing the stringed shamisen and who becomes her life-long servant and secret lover. The production raises questions about the tensions between Japan’s past and present.

Shun-kin has won awards in France and Japan for direction and production. It received the 2008 Kinokuniya Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement; 2009 Yomiuri Theatre Award Grand Prize for Best Director; and 2011 French Drama Critics’ Award: Grand Prix for Best Foreign Play. Shun-kin is performed in Japanese by the all-Japanese cast, with English supertitles.

 

In addition to The Elephant Vanishes, Complicite performed these acclaimed productions at Lincoln Center Festival: The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (1996); The Street of Crocodiles (1998); and A Disappearing Number (2010).

Shun-kin performance schedule: July 9, 10, 11, 12 at 7:30 p.m., and July 13 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Running time: 110 minutes, no intermission

Tickets are priced from $25.00. Visit LincolnCenterFestival.org, go to the Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall box office or call CenterCharge, 212/721-6500. Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.

The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Shun-kin is made possible in part by Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc.

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Murmurs
July 24-28, 2013
Five performances, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Conceived and directed by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Starring Aurélia Thierrée
With Magnus Jakobson and Jaime Martinez
Set Design by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Costume Design by Véronique Grand, Jacques Perdiguez, Monika Schwarzl and Victoria Thierrée Chaplin
Choreography by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and Armando Santin
Lighting Design by Thomas Dobruszkes

A journey of the imagination, where buildings dissolve and the realms of illusion and reality overlap, Murmurs was conceived, and is directed by, Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and performed by Aurélia Thierrée.

The French title of this mysterious and enchanting show, Murmures des Murs, or “murmuring walls” gives an indication of the non-linear narrative, which has the logic of a dream. A woman who is moving out of her house is gradually surrounded by shape-shifting Venetian architecture, fantastical creatures, and anonymous masked figures. Nothing is what it seems and anything might happen. Transformations, breathtaking chases, and surreal images abound in this topsy-turvy world.

Ms. Thierrée is joined onstage by two male foils: Swedish circus artist Magnus Jakobson, and American dancer Jaime Martinez, as well as a cadre of shadowy, masked characters and other creatures.

Aurelia’s Oratorio, the first collaboration between the team of Victoria Thierrée Chaplin and Aurélia Thierrée, was created in 2003 and has toured the world, including performances at the McCarter Theater, American Repertory Theater, and other U.S. venues.

Victoria Thierrée Chaplin’s 30-year body of work with her husband Jean Baptiste Thierrée includes Le Cirque Imaginaire and Le Cirque Invisible (seen at Lincoln Center Festival 97). The duo is generally credited with originating the “New Circus” genre. Aurélia Thierrée made her stage debut as a suitcase with legs in one of her parents’ shows.

Murmurs has been performed most recently at the South Bank Centre, London, LG Art Center, Seoul, and Athens Concert Hall, Greece.

Murmurs performance schedule: July 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m; July 28 at 2 p.m.

Running time: 70 minute, no intermission

Tickets are priced from $25.00. Visit LincolnCenterFestival.org, go to the Avery Fisher Hall or Alice Tully Hall box office or call CenterCharge, 212/721-6500. Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.

Murmurs was originally produced by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin with co-commissioning partners : Compagnie des petites heures - Théâtre de Carouge – Atelier de Genève, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Cirque-Théâtre d’Elbeuf, La Coursive Scène nationale de La Rochelle, Grand Théâtre de Provence – Aix-en-Provence, Scène nationale de Sénart, Théâtre de l'Archipel – Perpignan and El Canal Centre d'Arts Escèniques (Salt-Girona) – Scène Catalane Transfrontalière, Théâtre de Caen, Ville de Saint Quentin – Picardie, Le Rive Gauche – Scène conventionnée pour la danse, Théâtre de Villefranche (Rhône) – Scène conventionnée, Avant Seine – Colombes, Crying Out Loud – London, supported by Arts Council England, in association with Corn Exchange, Newbury and New Greenham Arts.

The Lincoln Center Festival 2013 presentation of Murmurs is made possible in part by generous support from The Grand Marnier Foundation and Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust.

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Since its inaugural season in 1996, Lincoln Center Festival has received worldwide attention for presenting some of the broadest and most original performing arts programs in Lincoln Center’s history. Entering its 18th year, the Festival will have presented nearly 1,260 performances of opera, music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary forms by internationally acclaimed artists from more than 50 countries. To date, the Festival has commissioned more than 42 new works and offered some 137 world, U.S., and New York premieres. It places particular emphasis on showcasing contemporary artistic viewpoints and multidisciplinary works that push the boundaries of traditional performance.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.

Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, call the Department of Programs and Services for People with Disabilities at (212) 875-5375.

Lincoln Center Festival 2013 is sponsored by American Express.

Major support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Lincoln Center Festival 2013 is also made possible by Nancy A. Marks, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, First Republic Bank, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Tang Family Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., The Shubert Foundation, China International Culture Association, Jennie and Richard DeScherer, The Grand Marnier Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas), Georges Lurcy Charitable and Educational Trust, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Asian Cultural Council, J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A., Inc., Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

Public support for Festival 2013 is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Endowment support for Festival 2013 is provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Nancy Abeles Marks
Artist Catering Provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com
MetLife is the National Sponsor of Lincoln Center
Movado is an Official Sponsor of Lincoln Center
United Airlines is the Official Airline of Lincoln Center
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William Hill Estate Winery is the Official Wine of Lincoln Center
“Summer at Lincoln Center” is sponsored by Diet Pepsi and The New York Times

INFORMATION AND UPDATES

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PHONE NUMBERS/CONTACT INFORMATION

CenterCharge: 212-721-6500
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Lincoln Center Customer Service: 212-875-5456
Lincoln Center Information Line: 212-875-5766

VENUE LOCATIONS

David H. Koch Theater, Broadway at 63rd Street
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue
Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall (Time Warner Center), 60th Street and Broadway
Programs, artists and ticket prices are subject to change.