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
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)
"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
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)