Press Release

May 28, 2019

Mostly Mozart Festival Dance Advisory

Lincoln Center News

Mostly Mozart Festival

Dance Advisory

 

Mark Morris Dance Group

World Premiere of Sport

July 10-13

 

The intrepid Mark Morris Dance Group opens the festival with a world premiere set to whimsical music by Erik Satie as well as two works from its repertory, Empire Garden and V.

 

Return Engagement of Blak Whyte Gray

August 1-3

 

Blak Whyte Gray, which had its sensational U.S. premiere at Lincoln Center’s 2018 White Light Festival, returns for an encore performance. A riveting work by East London-based Boy Blue, the piece fuses hip-hop dance with African-inspired grooves and an electronic score.

 

U.S. Premiere of Under Siege

August 8-10

 

Celebrated Chinese choreographer Yang Liping’s dance troupe performs the U.S. premiere of Under Siege, the story of an ancient Chinese battle that fuses contemporary dance with martial arts, Chinese folk dance, hip-hop, and gymnastics set within an intensely beautiful visual landscape created by Oscar winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

 

This summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival will run from July 10 through August 10, 2019. Harnessing Mozart’s innovative spirit as its inspiration, the 2019 festival builds upon the expanded scope established last summer with groundbreaking, international, and multidisciplinary productions, acclaimed artists from all genres, introductions to emerging creative voices, commissions and premieres, and the presentation of new work and ideas.  American Express is the lead sponsor of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

 

Now in its 53rd year, the Mostly Mozart Festival is one of several annual summer events offered by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts that activate the campus’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Midsummer Night Swing (June 25—July 13) brings top bands from around the world, dance instructors, and New York’s social dance community to Damrosch Park for three weeks of dancing under the stars. Lincoln Center Out of Doors (July 25—August 11) presents a wide array of free performances, including music, dance, spoken word, film, and more, reflecting the diversity of New York City. The David Rubenstein Atrium’s robust calendar of free events, including world-class performances, illuminating conversations, dance parties, children’s programming, and more, also continues throughout the summer.

 

Tickets can be purchased online at MostlyMozartFestival.org, by phone via CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or by visiting the David Geffen Hall or Alice Tully Hall Box Offices.

 

Programs listed in chronological order.

 

Images are available here.

 

Details on the full Mostly Mozart Festival lineup may be found at MostlyMozartFestival.org.

 

 

Mark Morris Dance Group

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, choreographer

Colin Fowler, piano; Georgy Valtchev, violin

American String Quartet

Sport (World premiere), Satie: Sports et divertissements

Empire Garden, Ives: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano

V, Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major

 

Mark Morris, a longtime friend and collaborator of the Mostly Mozart Festival, opens the season with the world premiere of Sport set to Satie’s Sports et divertissements, considered by many to be the best example of the composer’s humoristic piano suites. Satie gives a veritable wink to the audience through this vignette of 21 short piano pieces depicting various athletic pursuits and leisure activities and reflecting a range of moods and tempos. Empire Garden is set to the Piano Trio by Charles Ives, which is said to be a reflection of his college days, quoting Yale Glee Club tunes, American folk songs, and popular music of the day. Morris’s choreography reflects the somewhat chaotic score: at times the 15 dancers seem to work independently, at others, they find order and unite. The ambience shifts dramatically with V, a decidedly contemporary work juxtaposed with the contemplative Schumann Piano Quintet, with 14 dancers at once brooding, jubilant, and embracing every emotion in between.

 

A pre-performance talk with Mark Morris and Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s Ehrenkranz Artistic Director, on Thursday, July 11, at 6:15 pm will be held in the Agnes Varis and Karl Leichtman Studio.

 

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

 

Endowment support for the Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

 

The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Mark Morris Dance Group is made possible in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

 

 

Blak Whyte Gray

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Boy Blue

Michael “Mikey J” Asante, creative direction and music

Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, choreography

Lee Curran, lighting design

Ryan Dawson Laight, costume design

 

Olivier Award-winning East London company Boy Blue returns to Lincoln Center with its electrifying dance-theater work Blak Whyte Gray following last fall’s critically acclaimed, sold out White Light Festival performances of the U.S. premiere. Driven by founders Michael “Mikey J” Asante and Kenrick “H2O” Sandy, Boy Blue creates virtuosic performances rooted in hip-hop music and dance. For Blak Whyte Gray, the company’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. Among other honors, Blak Whyte Gray was nominated for Best Modern Choreography in the 2017 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

 

There will be a post-performance talk with Kenrick “H2O” Sandy on Friday, August 2.

 

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

 

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

 

The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Blak Whyte Gray is made possible in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

 

 

 

Under Siege (U.S. Premiere)

Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm

David H. Koch Theater

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance

Yang Liping, chief choreographer and director

Tim Yip, visual director/set and costume design

 

In this U.S. premiere from China’s Yang Liping Contemporary Dance, the astonishing Under Siege portrays the climactic battle between the Chu and Han armies in 202 B.C., an epic struggle that changed the course of Chinese history. Celebrated choreographer Yang Liping employs martial arts, contemporary and Chinese folk dance, gymnastics, and hip-hop to stage her version of the age-old story of love, war, passion, and betrayal that has been passed down through generations. Tim Yip (Oscar winner for his production design of the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creates an intensely beautiful visual landscape and costumes that complement Yang Liping’s melding of ancient traditions with modern sensibilities.

 

Pre-performance lecture by Renqiu Yu on Thursday, August 8, at 6:15 pm in the Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

 

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

 

Endowment support for the Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Under Siege is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance.

 

The Mostly Mozart Festival presentation of Under Siege is made possible in part by the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

 

 

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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 thousands of 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 at 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 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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American Express is the lead sponsor of the Mostly Mozart Festival.

 

Major endowment support for contemporary dance and theater is provided by the

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 

Additional endowment support is provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation Fund for Dance,

Nancy Abeles Marks and Jennie L. and Richard K. DeScherer.

 

The Mostly Mozart Festival is also made possible by Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser.

 Additional support is provided by The Shubert Foundation, LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust,

Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.,

The Katzenberger Foundation, Inc., Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., Harkness Foundation for Dance,

Great Performers Circle, Lincoln Center Spotlight, Chairman’s Council,

Friends of Mostly Mozart, and Friends of Lincoln Center.

 

Public support is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

“Summer at Lincoln Center” is supported by PEPSICO

 

NewYork-Presbyterian is the Official Hospital of Lincoln Center

Artist catering provided by Zabar’s and Zabars.com

 

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646-765-4773

 

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