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September 11, 2018

White Light Festival Dance Advisory

White Light Festival

White Light Festival

Dance Advisory

 

Festival Features Dance Engagements from Around the Globe

 

    • The White Light Festival return of Sutra, following its sold-out run in 2010, by Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and featuring ancient martial arts by China’s Shaolin monks

 

    • The New York premiere of Borderline by Company Wang Ramirez, combining hip-hop and contemporary dance forms with aerial movement

 

    • XENOS, Akram Khan’s solo work evoking the shell-shock of a First World War soldier through a combination of classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance, in its U.S. premiere and Khan’s final performances in a full-length piece

 

    • The world premiere of Framing Time with pianist Pedja Muzijevic and choreographer/dancer Cesc Gelabert, a meditation on music, light, and movement featuring Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories

 

    • The U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray from East London’s Boy Blue, the group’s first full-length abstract work fusing hip-hop dance with African inspired grooves and an electronic score

     

    This year’s 2018 White Light Festival will run from October 16 through November 18. The multidisciplinary festival will feature events presented in six venues across the city, including world, U.S., and New York premieres. The ninth annual international festival will explore transcendence, interior illumination, and the communal impulse as exhibited through artistic expression across continents and centuries.

     

    The opening engagement is the return of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra, which had its U.S. premiere in a sold-out run at the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010. The Belgian choreographer mixes contemporary dance with martial arts in this singular piece featuring warrior monks from China’s Shaolin Temple, a Zen Buddhist enclave devoted to kung fu.

     

    In another bold fusion of East and West, British choreographer Akram Khan presents the U.S. premiere of XENOS, which marks his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. Combining classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance, Khan conjures up the shell-shocked dreams of a colonial soldier in this exploration of identity, personal mythology, and the universal horrors of war.

     

    Two more groundbreaking works bring contemporary dance to the stages of White Light. Cutting-edge Company Wang Ramirez based in the South of France, presents the New York premiere of Borderline in which dancers, attached to cables, bring to light and transpose the desire of freedom inherent in all forms of dance to create a visual poetry of gravity and weightlessness. East London’s Boy Blue, founded by Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, epitomizes physical virtuosity with a fierce political bite in the U.S. premiere of the dance-theater work Blak Whyte Gray.

     

    Framing Time combines music, movement, and light in a performance of Morton Feldman’s piano work Triadic Memories. For this world premiere production, co-presented with Baryshnikov Arts Center, pianistPedja Muzijevic performs Feldman’s spare, poetic piece alongside captivating movement from Spanish choreographer and dancer Cesc Gelabert.

     

    Tickets for the 2018 White Light Festival are available online at WhiteLightFestival.org, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall Box Office (Broadway and 65th Street).

     

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    Dance Programs listed in chronological order

    Bios of artists are available at the Lincoln Center press site, here.

    Details on the full White Light Festival lineup may be found at WhiteLightFestival.org.

     

    Sutra

    Tuesday–Thursday, October 1618 at 7:30 pm

    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui/Sadler’s Wells London

    Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, director and choreographer

    Antony Gormley, visual design

    Szymon Brzóska, music

    with monks from the Shaolin Temple

     

    Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

     

    Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui returns in the Sadler’s Wells production of his acclaimed dance work Sutra, an East-West collaboration with warrior monks from China’s Shaolin Temple that had its U.S. premiere in three sold-out performances at the inaugural White Light Festival in 2010. To develop the piece, Cherkaoui spent several months at the original Shaolin Temple in China’s Henan Province, exploring the monks’ Zen Buddhist practice and devotion to kung fu. The production blends gravity-defying martial arts with contemporary dance and features 17 Shaolin monks; a striking, ever-changing set of 21 wooden boxes created by British sculptor and frequent collaborator Antony Gormley; and a live score by Polish composer Szymon Brzóska. Sutra continues to tour the globe following its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells, London, in May 2008.

     

    A Sadler’s Wells London Production, co-produced with Athens Festival, Festival de Barcelona Grec, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, La Monnaie Brussels, Festival d’Avignon, Fondazione Musica per Roma, and Shaolin Cultural Communications Company

     

    Sutra is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

     

    Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Sutra is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

     

    Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

     

    Borderline (New York premiere)

    FridaySaturday, October 1920 at 7:30 pm

    Company Wang Ramirez

    Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez, artistic direction and choreography

    Louis Becker, Johanna Faye, Saïdo Lehlouh, Alister Mazzotti, Sébastien Ramirez, Honji Wang, performers

    Jason Oettlé and Kai Gaedtke, rigging development

    LACRYMOBOY, music composition

    Cyril Mulon, lighting design

    Paul Bauer, set design

    Catherine Umbdenstock, dramaturgical collaboration

    Anna Ramirez, costume realization

     

    Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

     

    Company Wang Ramirez is a cutting-edge choreographic France-based company crafting a new dance language for the 21st century. In Borderline, the body becomes the object of balance and freedom, as five dancers attached to cables explore the liberating aspects of multiple dance forms, including contemporary dance, hip-hop dance, and aerial movement. With gestures and costumes reflecting images from Greek and Korean traditions, Borderline explores shifting international and personal boundaries, the visual poetry of gravity and weightlessness, and our multicultural urban universe. Borderline had its world premiere at Théâtre de l'Archipel in Perpignan, France, in 2013, and includes original music by France’s LACRYMOBOY. The production receives its New York premiere at the White Light Festival.

     

    There will be a post-performance discussion with Honji Wang, Sébastien Ramirez, and Stanford Makishi on Friday, October 19.

     

    Borderline is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

     

    Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Borderline is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

     

    Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

     

    XENOS (U.S. premiere)

    Wednesday–Thursday, October 31–November 1 at 7:30 pm

    Akram Khan, director, choreographer, and performer

    Ruth Little, dramaturg

    Michael Hulls, lighting design

    Vincenzo Lamagna, composer

    Mirella Weingarten, set design

    Kimie Nakano, costume design

    Jordan Tannahill, writer

    Nina Harries, BC Manjunath, Tamar Osborn, Aditya Prakash, Clarice Rarity, musicians

     

    Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall

     

    Choreographer and performer Akram Khan returns to the White Light Festival with the U.S. premiere of XENOS, which marks his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. Meaning “stranger” or “foreigner,” XENOS conjures up the shell-shocked dreams of a colonial soldier in the First World War. Combining classical Indian kathak and contemporary dance, Khan grapples with personal mythology, otherness, and the lucid reality of a world set aflame. XENOS had its world premiere on February 21, 2018, at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. Khan performed his acclaimed solo DESH at the White Light Festival in 2013, and his company presented Vertical Road at the White Light Festival in 2012.

     

    Commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


    A co-production of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; Onassis Cultural Centre – A co-production of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York; Onassis Cultural Centre – Athens, The Grange Festival Hampshire, Sadler’s Wells London, New Vision Arts Festival Hong Kong, The´a^tre de la Ville Paris, Les The´a^tres de la Ville de Luxembourg, National Arts Centre Ottawa, The 20th China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF), Centro Cultural de Bele´m, Festspielhaus St. Po¨lten, Grec 2018 Festival de Barcelona, HELLERAU European Center for the Arts Dresden, Tanz Ko¨ln, Edinburgh International Festival, Adelaide Festival, Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Julidans Amsterdam, Canadian Stage Toronto, Romaeuropa Festival, Torinodanza festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts New York, University of California Berkeley, Danse Danse Montreal, Curve Leicester.


    Sponsored by COLAS

     

    Xenos is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Xenos is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance

     

    Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

     

    Framing Time (World premiere)

    Thursday–Friday, November 1–2 at 8:00 pm

    Cesc Gelabert, choreographer and performer

    Pedja Muzijevic, piano

    Morton Feldman, composer

    Burke Brown, set and lighting design

    Lydia Azzopardi, costume design

    Feldman: Triadic Memories for piano solo (1981)

     

    Performance length: 60 minutes, no intermission

     

    Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater

    A White Light Lounge follows the Friday performance

     

    Framing Time is a quietly thrilling meditation on music, light, and movement centered on Morton Feldman’s 1981 solo piano piece, Triadic Memories. For this world premiere production at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Feldman’s spare, mystical piano piece—a work the composer described as the “biggest butterfly in captivity”—merges with an intricate color and light interplay, joined by dance and sculptural elements. Vividly rendered by pianist Pedja Muzijevic, the shifting colors and elastic tempos of Feldman’s painterly music are transformed into acute, poetic movement by Spanish choreographer and dancer Cesc Gelabert, with set and lighting design by Burke Brown.

     

    Co-presented by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and Baryshnikov Arts Center

     

    Blak Whyte Gray (U.S. premiere)

    Friday–Saturday, November 16–17 at 7:30 pm

    Boy Blue

    Michael “Mikey J” Asante, creative direction and music

    Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, choreography

    Lee Curran, lighting design

    Ryan Dawson Laight, costume design

     

    Performance length: 90 minutes, including intermission

     

    Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

     

    Olivier Award–winning East London company Boy Blue brings the electrifying dance-theater work Blak Whyte Gray to Lincoln Center for its U.S. premiere. Driven by founders Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, Boy Blue infuses hip-hop dance with African-inspired grooves to create performances pulsing with physical virtuosity. For Blak Whyte Gray (2017), Boy Blue’s first full-length abstract piece, a charged electronic score, bold staging, and powerful imagery call forth a deeply rooted cultural awakening on themes of oppression, identity, and transcendence. The critically acclaimed Blak Whyte Gray was nominated for Best New Dance Production at the 2017 Olivier Awards and for Best Modern Choreography in the 2017 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

     

    There will be a post-performance discussion with Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy on Friday, November 16.

     

    Blak Whyte Gray is made possible in part by The Joelson Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance.

     

    Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of Blak Whyte Gray is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

     

    Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

     

    Co-commissioned and co-produced by the Barbican

     

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    The White Light Festival is a presentation of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, 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 a variety of festivals and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, LC Kids, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning?Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating more than four decades enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

     

    Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. For more information, visit?LincolnCenter.org.

     

    Lincoln Center is committed to providing and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. For information, contact Accessibility at Lincoln Center at [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

     

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    The White Light Festival 2018 is made possible by The Shubert Foundation, The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, The Joelson Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Great Performers Circle, Chairman’s Council, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

     

    Public Support is provided by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

     

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    Michelle Tabnick

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