Lincoln Center is mourning the loss of a former New York Philharmonic Music Director and one of the world’s great conductors today. Maestro Lorin Maazel, you will always be remembered. http://nyti.ms/1r8Fi0f

Lincoln Center is mourning the loss of a former New York Philharmonic Music Director and one of the world’s great conductors today. Maestro Lorin Maazel, you will always be remembered. http://nyti.ms/1r8Fi0f

Morning sunshine over Lincoln Center, before a busy day commences.

Morning sunshine over Lincoln Center, before a busy day commences.

End of day sunlight down West 65th Street, right in from of the entrance to Juilliard, earlier this week.

End of day sunlight down West 65th Street, right in from of the entrance to Juilliard, earlier this week.

Great time lapse video from our friends and co-presenters at the Park Avenue Armory documenting the set-up for “The Passenger” opening tonight as part of the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival. http://bit.ly/LCFThePassenger

Lincoln Center Festival 2014 opened with the triumphant return of celebrated Kabuki company Heisei Nakamura-za, which performed the rarely seen ghost story “Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki,” about the murder of an artist by a handsome samurai who desires the artist’s wife. Check out more photos of the production here, courtesy of Stephanie Berger.

Lincoln Center Festival 2014 opened with the triumphant return of celebrated Kabuki company Heisei Nakamura-za, which performed the rarely seen ghost story “Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki,” about the murder of an artist by a handsome samurai who desires the artist’s wife. Check out more photos of the production here, courtesy of Stephanie Berger.

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Around the fountain at Lincoln Center

Cool photo

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Around the fountain at Lincoln Center

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Lincoln Center Festival: Heisei Namakmura-za review

"Jaw-dropping spectacle…this production, with its high theatricality, low comedy, subtle musical accompaniment, choral interludes and lush designs, can almost be regarded as a festival in itself." -The New York Times

Read more about this limited engagement production of Kaidan Chibusa no Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree), at Lincoln Center Festival through Saturday. (Photo: Sara Krulwich/New York Times)

Lincoln Center Festival: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

The New York Times profiles choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker ahead of her company’s Lincoln Center Festival performances (July 8-16). “She was one of the first to perform something in between dance and expressionistic theater,” said Chris Dercon, director of the Tate Modern in London.

Dancing feet at Midsummer Night Swing

For two weeks each summer, Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing draws thousands of dancers to its outdoor dance floor at Damrosch Park. Now in its 26th season, the series attracts dancers of all stripes: young, old, amateur, professional. They tend to have one thing in common: a fussiness, or a passion, when it comes to shoes. Sometimes footwear choice is a matter of tradition. (Think of cowboy boots for Cajun or lightweight sneakers for acrobatic swing dancing.) In many cases, it’s a matter of comfort, personal style or the material of the dance floor.

Bill Bragin, director of public programming at Lincoln Center, had a variety of dancers test different types of shoes on different materials when Damrosch Park got a floor upgrade three years ago. Female tango dancers in stiletto pumps are “much more aware of whether there’s a seam between the tiles,” Mr. Bragin said. “What’s that experience like? You want to maintain that sexy grace.”

Mr. Bragin has been struck by the variety of shoes displayed on the dance floor. “Some people dress to impress,” he said. “Some people choose shoes that are going to be comfortable and perform well. The people who do it best are those who are able to do both at the same time.”

The New York Times profiles five regulars at the annual summer festival. Read more to learn and see what they wear and why: http://nyti.ms/1pTk0E9

(Voon Chew favors vintage shoes for the Lindy hop. Credit Jacob Blickenstaff for The New York Times)

Lincoln Center Festival opens tomorrow with performances by Kabuki theater company Heisei Nakamura-za. Three actors stopped by Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain in costume and makeup shortly after arriving from Tokyo.

Lincoln Center Festival opens tomorrow with performances by Kabuki theater company Heisei Nakamura-za. Three actors stopped by Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain in costume and makeup shortly after arriving from Tokyo.