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May 30, 2012

Lincoln Center Summer Dance Presentations

Lincoln Center Festival

May 30, 2012

ATTN: Dance Editors/Writers


Dance will be presented as part of Lincoln Center’s four summer 2012 festival programs: Midsummer Night Swing (June 25-July 14), Lincoln Center Festival (July 5-August 5), Lincoln Center Out of Doors (July 25-August 12) and the Mostly Mozart Festival (July 28-August 25). Complete details follow. Programs, artists and prices subject to change.

Lincoln Center’s 24th season of Midsummer Night Swing takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, June 26—July 14. Swing’s 15 dazzling nights of dancing, and one free daytime lesson for children, take place at the bandshell and elevated, sprung dance floor in Damrosch Park, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Midsummer Night Swing offers an array of dance music styles including salsa, swing, tango, rock ‘n’ roll, and bhangra. Each night begins with a dance lesson at 6:30 pm for all levels with some of New York’s foremost instructors. Lessons are included in the price of admission. Live music and dancing is from 7:30 pm until 10 pm. The series opens on June 26 with a look back at the Mad Men era of the fifties and sixties with The Nelson Riddle Orchestra paying tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Other highlights include: the U.S. Debut of The ABC&D of Boogie Woogie; the U.S. Debut of Mestres do Forró Nordestino; and, for the first time, “Silent Discos” from 10 to 11:30 pm, following regular dancing, on July 7 and July 12, dancing to live DJ music which can only be heard through headphones supplied by Silent Frisco.

TICKETS: Multi-evening Midsummer Night Passes are priced at $80 for six nights and $160 for the full season. Tickets for individual evening events are $17. Passes and individual event tickets are on sale at, by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall Box Office, Broadway and 65th Street. On-site in Damrosch Park for each evening’s event. For information and program updates visit, call 212-875-5766, and follow us on Twitter @LCSwing for breaking news.


Kate Merlino: 212-875-5101, [email protected]

Midsummer Night Swing 2012 is sponsored by Bank of America and Macy’s.

Midsummer Night Swing is made possible in part by grants from Daisy and Paul Soros and Charina Endowment Fund.

Paris Opera Ballet returns to New York after an absence of 16 years with five productions from its celebrated repertory, including the U.S. premiere of Pina Bausch’s dance opera Orpheus and Eurydice. Originally made for her company Tanztheater Wuppertal in 1975, and revived in 1991, Bausch’s Orpheus has dual roles—for dancers and singers—who unfold the tragic tale. Opening the Company’s Festival engagement is a program of three one-act ballets by celebrated French choreographers and composers: Suite en blanc, L'Arlésienne, and Boléro. The one-act ballets will have three performances. The Company will offer six performances of its current production of the ballet classic Giselle, choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot with music by Adolphe Adam, with the historical sets and costumes created in 1924 by Alexandre Benois.


David H. Koch Theater, Columbus Avenue at 63rd Street

Twelve Performances

Program 1

French masters of the 20th century

New York City Opera Orchestra

July 11 at 8 pm, July 12 at 8 pm, July 15 at 3 pm

TICKETS: from $25

Suite en Blanc

Music: Edouard Lalo

Choreography: Serge Lifar


Music: Georges Bizet

Choreography: Roland Petit


Music: Maurice Ravel

Choreography: Maurice Béjart

Program 2


Music: Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot (1841)

Restaged by: Marius Petipa (1887)

Adapted by Patrice Bart and Eugene Polyakov (1991)

July 13 at 8 pm; July 14 at 2 pm and 8 pm; July 17, July 18, and July 19 at 8 pm

TICKETS: from $25

Program 3

Orpheus and Eurydice

Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble und Chor

Music: Christoph Willibald Gluck

Choreography and Staging: Pina Bausch

July 20 and July 21 at 8 pm; July 22 at 3 pm

TICKETS: from $30

CASTING: (as of May 30, 2012)

Wednesday, July 11 – 8:00 pm

SUITE EN BLANC : Eve Grinsztajn, Aurélia Bellet, Laura Hecquet (la Sieste), Émilie Cozette,

Karl Paquette, Stéphane Bullion (Thème varié), Dorothée Gilbert (la Sérénade), Laëtitia Pujol (Pas de cinq), Agnès Letestu (la Cigarette), Mathias Heymann, (la Mazurka), Aurélie Dupont, Mathieu Ganio (l’Adage), Clairemarie Osta (la Flûte).

L’ARLÉSIENNE : Isabelle Ciaravola, Jérémie Bélingard

BOLÉRO : Nicolas Le Riche

Thursday, July 12 – 8:00 pm

SUITE EN BLANC : Eve Grinsztajn, Marie-Solenne Boulet, Laurence Laffon (la Sieste), Ludmila Pagliero, Christophe Duquenne, Nicolas Paul (Thème varié), Amandine Albisson (la Sérénade),

Alice Renavand (Pas de cinq), Agnès Letestu (la Cigarette), Karl Paquette (la Mazurka), Isabelle Ciaravola, Stéphane Bullion (l’Adage), Dorothée Gilbert (la Flûte).

L’ARLÉSIENNE : Clairemarie Osta, Benjamin Pech

BOLÉRO : Marie-Agnès Gillot

Friday, July 13 – 8:00 pm

GISELLE : Aurélie Dupont (Giselle), Mathieu Ganio (Albrecht), Émilie Cozette (Myrtha)

Vincent Chaillet (Hilarion), Ludmila Pagliero, Fabien Revillon (Pas de deux des paysans)

Saturday, July 14 – 2:00 pm

GISELLE : Isabelle Ciaravola (Giselle), Karl Paquette (Albrecht), Marie-Agnès Gillot (Myrtha),

Audric Bezard (Hilarion), Héloïse Bourdon, Florimond Lorieux (Pas de deux des paysans)

Saturday, July 14 – 8:00 pm

GISELLE : Laëtitia Pujol (Giselle), Mathias Heymann (Albrecht), Ludmila Pagliero (Myrtha),

Christophe Duquenne (Hilarion), Charline Giezendanner, Marc Moreau (Pas de deux des paysans)

Saturday, July 15 – 3:00 pm

SUITE EN BLANC : Eve Grinsztajn, Marie-Solenne Boulet, Laurence Laffon (la Sieste), Sabrina Mallem, Audric Bezard, Vincent Chaillet (Thème varié), Nolwenn Daniel (la Sérénade), Laëtitta Pujol (Pas de cinq), Marie-Agnès Gillot (la Cigarette), Mathieu Ganio (la Mazurka), Isabelle Ciaravola, Benjamin Pech (l’Adage), Dorothée Gilbert (la Flûte).

L’ARLÉSIENNE: Clairemarie Osta, Jérémie Bélingard

BOLÉRO : Aurélie Dupont

Tuesday, July 17 – 8:00 pm

GISELLE : Laëtitia Pujol (Giselle), Mathias Heymann (Albrecht), Ludmila Pagliero (Myrtha),

Christophe Duquenne (Hilarion), Charline Giezendanner, Marc Moreau (Pas de deux des paysans)

Wednesday, July 18 –8:00 pm

GISELLE : Dorothée Gilbert (Giselle), Josua Hoffalt (Albrecht), Émilie Cozette (Myrtha),

Yann Saïz (Hilarion), Héloïse Bourdon, Florimond Lorieux (Pas de deux des paysans)

Thursday, July 19 – 8:00 pm

GISELLE : Clairemarie Osta (Giselle), Nicolas Le Riche (Albrecht), Émilie Cozette (Myrtha),

Yann Saïz (Hilarion), Charline Giezendanner, Marc Moreau (Pas de deux des paysans)

Friday, July 20 – 8:00 pm

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE: Marie-Agnès Gillot (Eurydice), Stéphane Bullion (Orpheus), Muriel Zusperreguy (Amour)

Saturday, July 21 – 8:00 pm

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE: Alice Renavand (Eurydice), Nicolas Paul (Orpheus), Charlotte Ranson (Amour)

Sunday, July 22 – 3:00 pm

ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE: Marie-Agnès Gillot (Eurydice), Stéphane Bullion (Orpheus),

Muriel Zusperreguy (Amour)


Alice Tully Hall, Broadway and 65th Street

July 25 and July 27 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: from $30

Founded in 2008 by choreographer Tao Ye (considered one of the leading figures in modern dance in China) and dancer Wang Hao, a specialist in Mongolian folk dance, Beijing’s TAO Dance Theater has grown to become China’s most highly sought-after modern dance company. The company will present two works at the Festival: 2, is a duet developed from the rhythms of the spoken word; the performers recorded their own conversations during rehearsal and daily life to develop the accompanying soundscape. The resulting performance, with music by Chinese folk-rock composer Xiao He, is both hypnotic and thought-provoking, as virtuosic patterns emerge from minimalistic movements representing two souls in conversation and, 4, the company’s newest creation, a high-impact and intensely physical piece for four women seen here in its North American premiere. For more information, visit:

TICKETS: are available online at by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500 or at the Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall box offices, Broadway and 65th Street.


Paris Opera Ballet:

Marian Skokan: 212-875-5386, [email protected]

TAO Dance Theater:

Eva Chien: 212-875-5049, [email protected]

Lincoln Center Festival 2012 is sponsored by American Express.

The 42nd annual edition of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the U.S.’s longest-running, free, outdoor summer festivals, will present a wide range of events by dozens of international, U.S. and local artists, highlighted by a number of dance programs.


Friday, August 3, 8:30 pm and Saturday, August 4, 8:30 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

This multi-media dance theater piece was created by accordion experimentalist/composer Kimmo Pohjonen and Helsinki Nelson, a group of ten Finnish, Olympic-style wrestlers, with choreography by Ari Numminen. Numminen, one of Finland’s younger choreographers, emerged in the 1980s. He has created numerous works for Finnish dance companies including Mobita/Dansco and Dance Tsuumi and for theater and site-specific projects including the 2011 Battle, a spectacle of theater, dance and sport. Accordion Wrestling features both acoustic performance and electronics. The work was inspired by the late-19th-early 20th-century Finnish custom of featuring accordion performances during wrestling tournaments—a practice that continued into the 1970s.


Saturday, August 4, 7 pm

Hearst Plaza

A new installment of the choreographer/dancer’s on-going project of challenging preconceptions and prejudices about beauty and movement by creating compelling works with an integrated company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

“Heritage Sunday”

Sunday, August 5, 1 pm—6 pm

Hearst Plaza



KONGO featuring dancer/choreographer PENIEL GUERRIER

La Troupe Makandal


From the lilting sounds of twoubadou to the raucous horns of rara to the enigmatic drumming of vodun, Haiti offers some of the richest cultural traditions in the New World and Haiti is one of the few places in the African Diaspora where West African practice and tradition reside in their most authentic forms. In Haitian kreyol, rasanble means, “to come together”; for this program, a range of music and dance artists will showcase vibrant Haitian performing arts. Presented in collaboration with the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and in conjunction with CTMD’s New York Haitian Community Cultural Initiative, Ayiti Rasanble! will also include a tribute to Haitian master drummer and NEA National Heritage Fellow, Frisner Augustin, who died this March, and had been Artistic Director of Le Troupe Makandal since 1981.

Feet of Rhythm is the New York-based Haitian folkloric troupe founded in 1994, directed by Nadia Dieudonne. The musical group Kongo features special guest, the renowned dancer and Artistic Director of Tamboula d’Haiti, Peniel Guerrier.


Cleo Parker Robinson, founder, artistic director

Friday, August 10, 7 pm

Damrosch Park Bandshell

Inspired by the African-American experience and deeply rooted in Black dance traditions, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, is the only dance company authorized to preserve the work of legendary, pioneering African-American choreographer Katherine Dunham. The company’s repertory boasts works by Dunham, Donald Byrd, Donald McKayle, Eleo Pomare and Ronald K. Brown. The 12-member ensemble has appeared in noted venues throughout the U.S. (including previous engagements at Out of Doors) and toured to more than 20 countries. Highlighting the company’s Damrosch Park program is a revival of excerpts from the milestone 1984 work Lush Life, a multi-media piece Robinson created with Maya Angelou that celebrates the enduring spirit of jazz through dance and spoken word, including poems by Langston Hughes and Ms. Angelou. The setting for Lush Life is Max Roach’s famed New York club. Also on the program, the New York premiere of Fusion, by acclaimed contemporary Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus of ayikodans; Arranged, a 2010 work by Milton Myers that pays tribute to original company member Marceline Freeman; and excerpts from Ms. Robinson’s signature Spiritual Suite, inspired by the choreographer’s youth growing up in a Gospel church in the 1950s.

*Opens the evening; sharing bill with Valerie Simpson & Friends: Tribute to Nick Ashford concert

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and take place on the Lincoln Center campus. Visit for complete schedule or call 212-875-5766 to request a brochure.


Marian Skokan: 212-875-5386, [email protected]

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2011 is sponsored by Bloomberg and PepsiCo, Inc.


Music: Henry Purcell

Mark Morris Dance Group

MMDG Music Ensemble

Mark Morris, choreographer and conductor

Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano

Joshua Jeremiah, baritone (MM debut)

Yulia Van Doren, soprano

Clarissa Lyons, soprano (MM debut)

Trinity Choir

August 22, August 23 and August 24, 8 pm; August 25, 5 pm

Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Tickets: from $35

Mark Morris continues his partnership with Mostly Mozart this summer with his Festival conducting debut leading the MMDG Music Ensemble in Henry Purcell’s tragic opera, Dido and Aeneas. Leading mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe sings the double role of Queen Dido and the Sorceress; baritone Joshua Jeremiah sings the role of Aeneas. The Mark Morris Dance Group has made a vital contribution to the Festival beginning in 2002 with L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato and followed by the commissioned Mozart Dances featuring the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under Louis Langrée in 2006.

Written by a 30-year-old Purcell and considered by many the first great English-language opera, Dido and Aeneas follows Virgil’s tale of the Trojan hero’s affair with the Queen of Carthage on his way to founding Rome. Dido and Aeneas was choreographed and premiered in 1989 while MMDG was in residency at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. Morris originally danced the roles of Dido and the Sorceress himself. Amber Star Merkens will reprise the role at Mostly Mozart this summer.

TICKETS: Available online at, by phone via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, or at the Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall box offices at Broadway and 65th Street.


Eva Chien: 212-875-5049, [email protected]

Mostly Mozart Festival 2012 is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

Programs, artists and prices subject to change.

General Information:

For more information about all of Lincoln Center’s programs visit Tickets may be obtained by calling CenterCharge, 212-721-6500. To request brochures, call Lincoln Center Customer Service at, 212-875-5456. For schedule changes and updates, call the Information Line, 212-875-5766.

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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. (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 5,000 free and ticketed events performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA’s series include American Songbook, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, the Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, and the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and its 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA is leading a series of major capital projects, now nearly complete, on behalf of the resident organizations across the campus.


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