We are now ankle deep in the slew of summer arts festivals, and one gem that is fast approaching is the Lincoln Center Festival in New York. On July 5, the renowned monthlong medley of music, theater, visual art, and opera kicks off. Some notable highlights in the lineup are: The National Theatre of Scotland's chilling "Macbeth," starring Tony-award winning actor Alan Cumming in every role; "Uncle Vanya," from the Sydney Theatre Company, starring the astounding Cate Blanchett, and adapted by Blanchett's husband Andrew Upton; and a striking piece by the Paris Opera Ballet featuring Pina Bausch's choreography set to composer Christoph Gluck's 'Orpheus and Eurydice.' The Lincoln Center Festival runs from July 5 through August 5 and the full calendar of events can be found here along with ticket information.
Below, check out some of the highlights from the festival, and to win tickets to "Giselle" at Lincoln Center Festival, enter our contest here:
Macbeth: National Theatre Of Scotland
Shakespeare's 'Scottish Play' gets an incredible reimagining with Tony Award winning Alan Cumming in the title role. 'Macbeth' is set in a psychiatric ward with Cumming as the lone patient, inhabiting each role himself. The production is directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg. Cumming and Tiffany last worked together on <a href="http://www.playbill.com/news/article/119136-Deity-Descending-The-Bacchae-with-Alan-Cumming-Begins-Lincoln-Center-Festival-Run-July-2" target="_hplink">The Bacchae</a> with Cumming as Dionysus during Lincoln Center Festival 2008. 'Macbeth' runs July 5-14 at the Rose Theater.
Uncle Vanya: Sydney Theatre Company
Although this 'Uncle Vanya' follows on the heels of not <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/18/uncle-vanya-at-the-soho-r_n_1606453.html" target="_hplink">one</a>, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bess-rowen/target-margin-uncle-vanya_b_1460918.html" target="_hplink">two</a> other productions of 'Uncle Vanya' in the past few months, this production looks no less promising. Adapted by Andrew Upton of the Sydney Theatre Company and directed by Tamas Ascher, Cate Blanchett plays the role of the alluring, 27-year-old Yelena. This is not the first production that Ascher has brought to Lincoln Center. <a href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2009/07/10/theater/reviews/10ivanov.html" target="_hplink">In 2009 Ascher brought another Chekhov play (Ivanov) to the festival</a>. 'Uncle Vanya' runs from July 19-28 at New York City Center.
Orpheus And Eurydice: Paris Opera Ballet
The Paris Opera Ballet, which Lincoln Center writes is "the oldest national ballet company in the world and the company that literally invented the form," will perform three different pieces ('French Masters of the 20th Century', 'Giselle', and 'Orpheus and Eurydice'). Their 'Orpheus and Eurydice' looks particularly compelling as the work conjoins Christoph Gluck's opera with Pina Bausch's choreography. 'Orpheus and Eurydice' runs from July 20-22 at the David H. Koch Theater.
TAO Dance Theater
Young dancer and choreographer Tao Ye brings two different pieces to the festival. The first is called "2," a duet that developed from the rhythms of the spoken word ("the <a href="http://lincolncenterfestival.org/index.php/2012-tao-dance" target="_hplink">performers recorded</a> their own conversations during rehearsal and daily life to develop the accompanying soundscape with Chinese folk rock musician composer Xiao He"). The second work, <em>4</em>, is a physical piece for four women which is having its North American premiere at the festival. Performances July 25 and July 27 at Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater.
A 70th Birthday Tribute To Curtis Mayfield
"Here but I'm Gone" is a collaboration between Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield estate. It is a one-night-only event that pays tribute to the incredible Curtis Mayfield, who died in 1999. There will be an abundance of special guest artists including, The Roots, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Mavis Staples. The show is Friday July 20 at Avery Fisher Hall.
"Émilie" is an opera composed by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho about French Enlightenment thinker Émilie du Châtelet. The acclaimed soprano Elizabeth Futral will sing the title role. "Émilie" runs from July 19, 21, and 22 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater.
In Paris: Dmitry Krymov Laboratory
Mikhail Baryshnikov stars in a play adapted and directed by Dmitry Volkov. The play, "In Paris," based on the novella by Nobel laureate Ivan Bunin tells the story of two Russian immigrants who meet in 1930s Paris. Baryshnikov performs alongside Anna Sinyakina. "In Paris" runs from August 1-5 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.