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July 1st, 2008, 11:05 AM
Hey everyone!

Summer's in full swing and I'm sure you're all looking for things to do! There are plenty of wonderful events taking place at the Lincoln Center Festival this July, including Die Soldaten, an epic German opera at the Park Avenue Armory, The Bacchae, a unique twist on a classic Greek play, and Impressing the Czar, an effusive display of William Forsythe's choreography. Here is more information regarding these events:

Die Soldaten

This impressive and startling production of German composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s iconic opera Die Soldaten, staged in the Park Avenue Armory, achieves the intimate and immersive “total theater” experience the composer took “decisive steps” to realize more than four decades ago.
The audience, literally traveling along the length of a narrow stage extending 220 feet, is transported into Zimmermann’s monumental and exhaustive transformation of Jakob Lenz’s 1776 play and the composer’s dark — and timely — comment on World War II.
The 110-piece Bochumer Symphoniker and its enormous percussion section — along with a jazz combo and forty singers, actors and dancers — quotes Bach amid Zimmermann’s twelve-tone composition and shares a multimedia palette with taped and amplified music to produce a maelstrom of wrenching emotion, and as the composer so boldly envisioned, one of the most important operatic works of the second half of the 20th-century.
Composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Conductor Steven Sloane
Director David Pountney
Bochumer Symphoniker
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tickets: $30, $75, $150, $250
All performances at 8:00pm at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, New York City
The Ruhr Triennale production of Die Soldaten is presented by Lincoln Center Festival in association with the Park Avenue Armory.

The Bacchae
National Theatre of Scotland

Lincoln Center Festival

By Euripides
A new version by David Greig from a literal translation by Ian Ruffell

North American Premiere

Director John Tiffany
With: John Bett, Alan Cumming, Paola Dionisotti, Ewan Hooper, Cal MacAninch

From the moment Scottish actor Alan Cumming’s provocative Dionysus is lowered onstage from above, it is clear that in this North American premiere of the National Theatre of Scotland’s acclaimed production, playwright David Greig’s interpretation takes the mask off one of the last great Athenian tragedies in his unique take on Euripides, making it a Bacchae for the 21st-century.

Cumming, perfectly cast in this timeless exploration of sexuality, “proceeds to give us a Dionysus who, while of divine origin, has adopted a flirty, sportive, sexually equivocal human form” (The Guardian, London).

Backed by a gospel-singing female cult of Maenads, Cumming’s inimitably narcissistic Dionysus arrives at Thebes to claim godly recognition from a disbelieving, ascetic King Pentheus, opening the door to a sardonic, contemporary look at the battle between hedonism and repression.

This performance is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes. No late seating.

Wednesday, July 2 @ 8 PM
Thursday, July 3 @ 8 PM
Saturday, July 5 @ 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, July 6 @ 3 PM
Tuesday, July 8 @ 8 PM
Wednesday, July 9 @ 8 PM
Thursday, July 10 @ 8 PM
Friday, July 11 @ 8 PM
Saturday, July 12 @ 2 PM & 8 PM
Sunday, July 13 @ 3 PM & 8 PM

Tickets: $35, $45, $60, $75, $90

All performances will be held at the Rose Theater

Impressing the Czar
Royal Ballet of Flanders

Thursday, July 17, 2008 8:00 PM
Rose Theater
Lincoln Center Festival
Choreographer William Forsythe
In this magnificently conceived and imaginative production, the Royal Ballet of Flanders from Belgium, stages celebrated choreographer William Forsythe’s masterpiece, Impressing the Czar.
Described by The Observer (England) as “a ballet purist and the high priest of post-structural contemporary dance,” Forsythe created Impressing the Czar around In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, a stand-alone piece of pure dance he choreographed for the Paris Opera Ballet.
Impressing the Czar is a triumphant and kaleidoscopic journey through juxtaposed time, a mélange of genres and styles from the classical to the contemporary set to the music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Eva Crossman-Hecht, Leslie Stuck and longtime Forsythe collaborator Thom Willems.
From a fairytale court and a comically absurd auction, to a company of unbridled Catholic schoolgirls in a tribal dance set to the music and rhythms of today, Impressing the Czar transcends the conventional to establish a new and extensive choreographic vocabulary.
This performance is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. No late seating.
Dates: July 17 and 18 @ 8PM
July 19 @ 2 PM and 8 PM
July 20 @ 3 PM
Tickets: $30, $45, $60, $75, $90
Performances will be held at the Rose Theater
Tickets may be purchased online at LincolnCenter.org, phone (CenterCharge) at 212.721.6500 from 9am to 9pm, or in person at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office (Broadway at 65th Street)—Mon-Sat. 10am to 6pm, Sun. 12pm to 6pm

More information is available at: http://www.lincolncenter.org/lcfestival

I hope to see you at some of these events! Take it easy and have a great summer!