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Major Productions Announced for Lincoln Center Festival



For the first time in New YorkJoint appearance by The Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Chorus, and Orchestra, performing Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and Spartacus ballets; also, opera in concert of Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride to be presented

Sydney Theatre Company production of Jean Genet’s The Maids starring Cate Blanchett, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth Debicki, directed by Benedict Andrews in a new translation by STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews

Heisei Nakamura-za, Japan’s leading Kabuki company, returns with new Kabuki drama, Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas dance four early, signature works

January 8, 2014 — Nigel Redden, director of Lincoln Center Festival today announced the 2014 Festival’s line-up, which runs from July 7 through August 16, 2014, with performances by artists and ensembles from 11 countries unfolding in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus. These productions join the previously-announced Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory co-presentation of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera, The Passenger, performed by Houston Grand Opera, directed by David Pountney, and conducted by Patrick Summers.


For the first time in the celebrated company’s history, the combined forces of the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus will perform in New York with ballet and opera-in-concert repertory that showcases the depth and range of their artistic tradition. The Bolshoi Ballet (Sergei Filin, Artistic Director) plans to bring dancers Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova,  Ekaterina Shipulina, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova,  Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Maria Vinogradova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Artem Ovcharenko and Denis Rodkin for the engagement of three evening-length ballets in the David H. Koch Theater: Alexei Fadeyechev’s 1999 production of Don Quixote, based on choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky; Yuri Grigorovich’s 2001 production of Swan Lake, one of the company’s defining works; and Grigorovich’s 1968 grand spectacle, Spartacus. The Bolshoi Ballet’s last Lincoln Center Festival appearance was in 2000.

In addition, the Bolshoi Opera, Orchestra and Chorus will perform for the first time in New York, giving two performances of a concert version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera rarity, The Tsar’s Bride, in Avery Fisher Hall. The ensemble includes singers Anna Aglatova, Dinara Alieva, Svetlana Shilova, Elena Manistina, Vyacheslav Pochapsky, Stanislav Trofimov, Elchin Azizov, Maksim Yasnopolsky, Oleg Tsybulko, Mikhail Gubsky, Boris Rudak, Stanislav Mostovoy, Marat Gali, Irina Udalova, Elena Novak, Pavel Valuzhin, Anna Matsey, and Sophia Kriklenko.

Last seen in New York in 2012 with its acclaimed production of Uncle Vanya, Sydney Theatre Company returnsto the Festivalwith international stage and screen stars Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, joined by young newcomer Elizabeth Debicki in the U.S. premiere of Benedict Andrews’ production of Jean Genet’s dark, unsettling play,The Maids,in a new translation by STC Artistic Director Andrew Upton and Benedict Andrews.

Lincoln Center Festival welcomes Japan’s leading Kabuki theater company, Heisei Nakamura-za, for its third Festival appearance with its definitive production of a classic revenge tale, Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree). The troupe made its sold-out North American debut with performances in a portable theater in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Festival 2004, and returned to the Festival in 2007, performing to enthusiastic audiences in Avery Fisher Hall. Dating back to the 17th century, the Nakamura family is the oldest lineage in Kabuki history, passing the 400-year-old performance traditions from father to son through 19 generations. After the death of Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, his eldest son, Nakamura Kankuro VI, was elevated to the leadership of this treasured Kabuki dynasty in a historic accession ceremony.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the renowned Brussels-based danced company, Rosas, founded by dancer/choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, makes its first appearance at Lincoln Center Festival in 15 years, with four seminal works.  De Keersmaeker, who is credited with establishing Belgium’s position as an important locus of modern dance, will dance in the company’s three earliest works: Fase (1982), Rosas danst Rosas (1983), and Elena’s Aria (1984). The fourth work is Bartók/Mikrokosmos(1987) to live music performed by members of Ictus.  Performances take place at Gerald W. Lynch Theater, John Jay College.

The New York premiere performances of the Houston Grand Opera production of The Passenger,Mieczysław Weinberg’s uncompromising 1968 opera about the Holocaust, will include an enormous, multi-tiered set that takes full advantage of the scale of the Armory’s soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall.  Prior to each performance of The Passenger, the ARC Ensemble from The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, will perform three chamber concerts featuring works by Mieczysław Weinberg in the newly-restored Board of Officers Room at Park Avenue Armory.

Progams and artists subject to change.

Complete information about the programs and artists is available via the link below.

Lincoln Center Festival is sponsored by American Express

Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell