Lincoln Center’s 2019 White Light Festival

  Last modified on November 28th, 2019

Tickets are on sale for The White Light Festival, an annual performing arts event which takes place at various Lincoln Center theaters. The unique and colorful 2019 line up will begin October 19th and last through November 24th. This year marks the tenth annual White Light Festival.

The theme of the 2019 White Light Festival is the “human capacity for love and divine devotion”, which will be portrayed through a wide-ranging lineup of genres.

Ticket-holders will also be able to partake in “White Light Lounges”;  post-reception meet and greets with the artists which come with complimentary wine or sparkling water.


White Light Festival 2019 Highlights:

The Love Suicides at Sonezaki

October 19-22 at Frederick P. Rose Hall

At the turn of 18th-century Japan, a clerk and a courtesan committed suicide in the forest of Tenjin. The Love Suicides at Sonezaki, a tragic play based upon these events, was banned after its 1703 premiere for more than two centuries. For this U.S. production premiere, renowned artist Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a bold, contemporary interpretation of the classic drama using bunraku puppet theater with music by Living National Treasure Seiji Tsurusawa and video by Tabaimo and Sugimoto. The puppets, imbued with life, captivate audiences with their lively movements rivaling the eloquence of actual human beings.–0

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En Masse

October 23-25 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

Australia’s Circa ensemble embodies electrifying explosions of physicality and power in this stunning work that blurs the boundaries of dance, theater, music, and circus arts. Known for their “stratospheric skill” (Australian), the troupe melds circus acrobatics with contemporary dance in the tender and savage En Masse, featuring music by Swedish composer Klara Lewis interspersed with selections from Schubert’s haunting Winterreise and Schwanengesang. Heightening the stakes, a two-piano arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring yields the anarchic energy of acrobats caught in a life-and-death struggle.

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Zauberland (Magic Land)

October 29-30 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

As violence blazes, a young woman waits at the border of Zauberland—a magical world of security and peace. But while asleep, her dreams are haunted by images of the burnt-out city she was forced to abandon. Composer Bernard Foccroulle and writer Martin Crimp seamlessly interweave 16 new songs with Schumann’s Dichterliebe, a Romantic song cycle infused with yearning and fairy-tale landscapes. Katie Mitchell directs this New York premiere starring “ravishingly visceral” soprano Julia Bullock and pianist Cédric Tiberghien (New York Times).

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The Manganiyar Seduction

November 6-9 at Frederick P. Rose Hall

From darkness to dazzling, show-stopping light: the White Light Festival welcomes back The Manganiyar Seduction, a musical dance of delirium that had its U.S. premiere in our inaugural season and returned in 2013 due to popular demand. The Manganiyars, nomadic Sufi Muslims from Northwest India, incorporate Hindu deities into their devotional songs. Conceived by Indian director Roysten Abel, this seduction of the spirit begins quietly with a solitary desert fiddle but builds to an ecstatic eruption of sound, light, and color as the Manganiyar community takes audiences into and beyond their world.

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Richard III

November 7-23 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College

“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.

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The Abyssinian Mass by Wynton Marsalis

November 21-23 at Frederick P. Rose Hall

The African American experience takes center stage in The Abyssinian Mass, a swinging celebration of big-band sound and gospel soul from Grammy- and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer, bandleader, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. Created to mark the bicentennial of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2013, the Mass moves audiences of every tradition to clap their hands in this joyous, soulful affirmation of just how high the human spirit can rise.

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For more details and to see the full schedule, visit the official White Light Festival website HERE.

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