"Desh" Awarded Bessie Award

We’re in the midst of this year’s White Light Festival, but last night, a production from last year’s Festival was honored with a Bessie Award (celebrating the best in New York dance events). Congratulations to Akram Khan and his production “Desh.” Reviewing the “powerful” production last year, The New York Times said: “It successfully merges the Kathak tradition of storytelling — one shapeshifting performer taking on many roles and implying the presence of others — with the technical dazzle of Western stagecraft.” Read more about the other Bessie Award winners here: http://nyti.ms/1CQSfgq

Scenes from Basil Twist’s “The Rite of Spring,” now showing at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival through October 18, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. See more photos here —> http://on.fb.me/1ocHunA

(Photo: Richard Termine)

Basil Twist: “The Silk Whisperer” (New York Times)

This week, Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival presents master puppeteer Basil Twist’s take on Stravinsky’s iconic "The Rite of Spring." Twist says this version is "a ballet without dancers" and considers the entire theater his “canvas.” Read more about the man that The New York Times calls the “silk whisperer.” —> http://bit.ly/WLF14BasilNYT

(Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

Check out this great panoramic view of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s performance of “St. Matthew Passion” as part of the White Light Festival at the Park Avenue Armory, where the famous Berlin Philharmonie stage was recreated. (Photo credit: Rob Davidson, courtesy of berlinphil)

Check out this great panoramic view of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s performance of “St. Matthew Passion” as part of the White Light Festival at the Park Avenue Armory, where the famous Berlin Philharmonie stage was recreated. (Photo credit: Rob Davidson, courtesy of berlinphil)

Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival opened last night with a sold-out presentation of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker (berlinphil), along with singers Mark Padmore, Christian Gerhaher, Magdalena Kožená, Camilla Tilling, Eric Owens and more  at the Park Avenue Armory (parkavenuearmory). For this unique “ritualization” by director Peter Sellars, a recreation of Berlin’s famous Philharmonie stage was developed, with singers sometimes placed amidst audience members. Reviewing the opening performance, The New York Times called it a "magnificent performance…searing and sublime…I have seldom felt so much a participant in the musical drama of this staggering masterpiece."

Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival continues through November 11

(Photos by Richard Termine/Lincoln Center)

Jane Moss on Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

"Performance closely mimics life in that it is ephemeral, because when it’s over its particular ecology—those artists, those audience members, that heightened experience—cannot be duplicated again."

Read a Q&A with Jane Moss, the White Light Festival’s artistic director, about the fifth anniversary season, which opens today: http://bit.ly/1vJ20vP

Wall Street Journal on “St. Matthew Passion” at White Light Festival

One of the biggest events of the Fall concert season is the presentation of "St. Matthew Passion" by Peter Sellars and the Berliner Philharmoniker at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, October 6 and 7 at the Park Avenue Armory. In this article by Corinne Ramey of The Wall Street Journal, she talks to the acclaimed director Peter Sellars on how this highlight event came together.

"In his production, the chorus, singing from memory, moves throughout the space. Orchestra players perform solos from memory, interacting with the singers. At times shocking, sensual and even sexual, the performance feels more operatic than religious," writes the Journal.

Read more here: http://on.wsj.com/1yHvyhW

(Photo: Peter Sellars, right, leads tenor Topi Lehtipuu in a rehearsal. Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal)

This Monday, Lincoln Center presents a free live stream panel featuring director Peter Sellars and Rundfunkchor Berlin's chief conductor Simon Halsey, as they discuss Bach's “St. Matthew Passion” and their presentation of it with the Berliner Philharmoniker at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.Watch here at 6:30pm ET: http://bit.ly/LC-SMP

This Monday, Lincoln Center presents a free live stream panel featuring director Peter Sellars and Rundfunkchor Berlin's chief conductor Simon Halsey, as they discuss Bach's “St. Matthew Passion” and their presentation of it with the Berliner Philharmoniker at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival.

Watch here at 6:30pm ET: http://bit.ly/LC-SMP

Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring Blog

Follow master puppeteer Basil Twist’s blog about his vision and production of Stravinsky’s iconic Rite of Spring ahead of the coming White Light Festival performances at Lincoln Center later this month.

Lincoln Center’s fifth annual White Light Festival kicks off in one week, starting with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s ritualization of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” The orchestra’s music director Sir Simon Rattle has said this staging is “the single most important thing we ever did here.” Discover more about this year’s festival here.

Lincoln Center’s fifth annual White Light Festival kicks off in one week, starting with the Berliner Philharmoniker’s ritualization of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” The orchestra’s music director Sir Simon Rattle has said this staging is “the single most important thing we ever did here.” Discover more about this year’s festival here.