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Samuel Beckett's Radio Play ALL THAT FALL Among Lincoln Center's 2016 White Light Festival Lineup

Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss today announced the schedule for Lincoln Center's seventh White Light Festival, running from October 16 through November 16, 2016. The international multidisciplinary festival, which takes its name from a quotation by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, is an annual exploration of the power of art to illuminate our interior and communal lives. "I could compare my music to white light which contains all colors. Only a prism can divide the colors and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener." - Arvo Pärt

The festival will have 41 performances, including world and U.S. premieres, by artists and companies from nine countries, and will unfold in 10 venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus. Artist talks, late-night performances, and the popular post-performance White Light Lounges, where performers and audience members can gather, add extra dimensions to the festival experience.

Said Moss, "In a world that is increasingly fractured and fractious, and where genuine communication and compassion are at a minimum, the presentations and ideas of the White Light Festival seem especially timely. By offering works and performances of profound meaning and outstanding virtuosity, the festival seeks to offer a window into the spirit of humanity created by shared artistic experiences."

The White Light Festival opens on Sunday, October 16, with the U.S. premiere of Human Requiem, an intimate and unique theatrical choral event performed by Rundfunkchor Berlin, conducted by Simon Halsey. This interpretation of Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem, conceived and staged by Jochen Sandig and arranged by Phillip Moll for piano four hands, will take place at Synod House, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The soloists are soprano Marlis Petersen and baritone Konrad Jarnot, and the pianists are Angela Gassenhuber and Philip Mayers.

This year's White Light Festival spotlights artistic expression originating in and inspired by South India with a 10-part special focus on India, curated by choreographer Mark Morris, exploring place, culture, tradition, and creativity of this vibrant region. Along with members of the Mark Morris Dance Group, who will present the world premiere of a new work with music by Terry Riley, artists rooted in centuries-old South Indian classical traditions - vocalist Bombay Jayashri, the Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe, master percussionist V. Selvaganesh, musicians and dancers from Nrityagram, traditional vocal music dynamo T.M. Krishna - will shed light on the universal nature of India's artistic heritage and dynamism.

Liz Gerring Dance Company performs the world premiere of the New York-based choreographer's (T)here to (T)here, a reflection on the cyclical nature of relationships, with projected text by artist Kay Rosen and an original score by Michael J. Schumacher, in a co-presentation with Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Another dance work, the Olivier Award-winning Babel(words), a hybrid of movement from East and West choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, with set design by Antony Gormley, touches on the necessity of cross-cultural communication. It will be performed in the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall.

South African visual artist and director William Kentridge explores human longing and faith in his production of Monteverdi's opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse ("The Return of Ulysses"), based on Homer's Odyssey. In this presentation at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, superb vocalists give voice to a cast of puppets created by Handspring Puppet Company in its first New York appearance since War Horse.

Los Angeles-based performance artist Miwa Matreyek is an animator by training who uses video installation, animation, and the movement of her own body to create dreamlike moving-image panoramas. White Light will present two of her works: This World Made Itself (2013), a kaleidoscopic journey through history, beginning with the Big Bang, which explores our planet in moments of sublimity and discordance alike, and Myth and Infrastructure (2010), which similarly presents fantastical, intricate tableaux of seascapes, city scenes, and interior spaces. The performances will take place in the Clark Studio Theater.

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Times Square will be the setting when Rundfunkchor Berlin sings a program of sacred choral works by Bach, Brahms, Schoenberg, and Schutz led by Gijs Leenaars, its new director, and culminating in Knut Nystedt's haunting meditation, Immortal Bach.

The festival brings one of the world's most dramatically moving choral works to David Geffen Hall with Verdi's Requiem, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus led by Gianandrea Noseda. The soloists are Erika Grimaldi, soprano; Daniela Barcellona, mezzo-soprano; Francesco Meli, tenor; and Vitalij Kowaljow, bass.

In A Venetian Coronation 1595, Paul McCreesh and Gabrieli, his acclaimed period-instrument ensemble and all-male choir, will evoke the grand pageantry and soundworld of early Baroque Italian masters, reconstructing music from the coronation of Doge Marino Grimani at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice in 1595. This Alice Tully Hall presentation is also part of the Great Performers series.

Having presented Beckett Shorts last fall with actors Conor Lovett, Lisa Dwan, and Ireland's Gare St. Lazare, White Light continues its exploration of Samuel Beckett with his first radio play, the darkly whimsical All That Fall. As conceived byIreland's Pan Pan Theatre and directed by Gavin Quinn, All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of recorded voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle, or a quasi-musical score. Seated in 60 rocking chairs at the Duke on 42nd Street, the audience is surrounded by speakers and ambient lighting for an intimate, immersive experience.

Closing the festival on Wednesday, November 16 is pianist Jeremy Denk, who will follow the evolution of Western music from the medieval era to present day in this specially crafTEd White Light program, performed without intermission. Like time-lapse photography, the evening progresses through seven centuries of music, creating sublime surprises from Couperin to Cage and beyond.

Tickets for the 2016 White Light Festival are available online at, by calling CenterCharge at 212.721.6500, or at the David Geffen or Alice Tully Hall box offices (Broadway and 65th Street). Single tickets and a Sounds of India package will be available to purchase on June 27.

Programs, artists, repertoire, and ticket prices are subject to change.


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White Light Festival 2016 Presentations

Artists and Programs Listed in Chronological Order

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Synod House, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue

Post-performance discussion on Tuesday, October 18 with Simon Halsey and Jochen Sandig

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Human Requiem (U.S. Premiere)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey, conductor

Marlis Petersen, soprano

Konrad Jarnot, baritone

Angela Gassenhuber, piano

Philip Mayers, piano

Jochen Sandig, concept and direction

Brahms (arr. Phillip Moll): Ein deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms referred to his German Requiem as a "human" requiem in an oft-cited letter to conductor Carl Reinthaler, and the choral masterwork is considered a mass for the living, focused on overcoming our mortality. In this unique theatrical choral event conceived by Jochen Sandig of Berlin's cultural center, Radialsystem V, the choir, accompanied by piano four hands in an arrangement by Phillip Moll, is interspersed among the standing audience, which moves organically with the production. Rundfunkchor Berlin and conductor Simon Halsey, who last appeared at White Light Festival in 2014 in Peter Sellars's St. Matthew Passion and in Rachmaninoff's Vespers, return for three performances at the Synod House at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Human Requiem premiered in September 2012 at Germany's Hamburger Theater Festival. Rundfunkchor Berlin's recording of Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle won the 2008 Grammy for Best Choral Recording.


Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Clark Studio Theater, Rose Building, 165 W. 65th Street, 7th floor

Post-performance discussion with Miwa Matreyek on Saturday, October 22

White Light Lounge follows each performance


Miwa Matreyek, animator and performer

Myth and Infrastructure

This World Made Itself

Performance artist Miwa Matreyek uses animation, projections, music, and her own silhouette to create fantastical worlds in these solo live performances. In Myth and Infrastructure, the artist's moving shadow becomes an integral part of her dreamlike animation as she traverses oceans, cityscapes, and domestic spaces. This World Made Itself is a solo multimedia performance also featuring animation and the artist's silhouette, offering a visually rich journey through the history of the universe and the complex world of humanity.

Myth and Infrastructure features original music by Anna Oxygen, Caroline, and Mileece and premiered at TED Global 2010 in Oxford, England. This World Made Itself, featuring music by Flying Lotus, Careful (aka Eric Lindley), and Mileece, was completed in late 2013 and premiered at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio.


Friday, October 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46th Street

White Light Lounge follows the performance


Rundfunkchor Berlin

Gijs Leenaars, director

Ezra Seltzer, cello

Avi Stein, chamber organ

Schütz: Ist nicht Ephraim mein teurer Sohn

Bach: Fürchte dich nicht, BWV 228

Bach: Komm, Jesu, Komm!, BWV 229

Brahms: Fest- und Gedenksprüche, Op. 109

Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Op. 74, No. 1

Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden, Op. 13

Knut Nystedt: Immortal Bach

Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Choir) returns to the Church of St. Mary the Virgin for an evening of sacred choral works from the Baroque to the late 20th century. Led by its new director, Gijs Leenaars, the choir presents a program of Schütz, Bach and Brahms that also features Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden ("Peace on Earth"), an audacious 1907 choral work of universal humanity, and contemporary Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt's Immortal Bach (1987), a meditative piece derived from the first stanza of Bach's chorale "Komm, süsser Tod."


Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street

Pre-performance discussion on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:15 pm with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui,

Damien Jalet, and Jane Moss

White Light Lounge follows each performance


Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, choreography

Damien Jalet, choreography

Antony Gormley, set design

Music: Patrizia Bovi, Mahabub Khan, Sattar Khan, Gabriele Miracle, Shogo Yoshii

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who brought his Sutra to the inaugurAl White Light Festival in 2010, returns withBabel(words), a dance performance that explores nationhood, identity, and cross-cultural communication. Based on the biblical story of the Tower of Babel, this work, co-choreographed with Damien Jalet, features giant, three-dimensional frames by sculptorAntony Gormley that alternately become an apartment block, a tower, a prison, and a city. Through dance, multilingual chatter, and an explosive score, Babel(words) explores pluralism and isolation in our modern world. Babel(words) premiered April 27, 2010 at La Monnaie in Brussels and won Best New Dance Production and Outstanding Achievement in Dance for set design at the 2011 Olivier Awards.


Curated by Mark Morris

Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 6:15 pm

Location TBA

Sounds of India: Opening Talk with Mark Morris and Lakshmi Vishwanathan


Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Bombay Jayashri

White Light Lounge follows the performance

Bombay Jayashri is a celebrated Indian classical music performer who catapulted to the global stage with her Oscar-nominated Tamil lullaby in Ang Lee's 2012 film Life of Pi. Trained as a Carnatic vocalist, she will present a concert of traditional works molded into her own distinct style, which she has developed through collaborating extensively with western classical musicians. Jayashri is particularly interested in exploring the therapeutic and healing value that music can generate across cultures, conveyed through her deep roots in the Carnatic tradition.


Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Pre-concert lecture by Laksmi Vishwanathan on Friday, October 28 at 6:15 pm, Location TBA

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

Dussasana Vadhom (The Killing of Dussasana)

A troupe of performers from Kerala Kalamandalam, a premier performing arts institution in southern India, presents the mythic dance-drama of Kathakali, an art form based on ancient ritual folk dances in the state of Kerala, practiced in its current form since the 17th century. Kathakali dancers often spend a decade of intensive martial arts training preparing for their roles. Utilizing elaborate costumes, colorful makeup, refined gestures, ornate singing, and accompanying percussion, this all-male troupe will bring to life mythological tales from a Hindu epic.


Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Pre-performance discussion with Mark Morris on Saturday, November 5 at 6:15 pm

White Light Lounges follow each performance

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, choreographer

MMDG Music Ensemble

O Rangasayee


The "Tamil Film Songs in Stereo" Pas de Deux

New work (World premiere)

Choreographer Mark Morris has spent decades traveling to southern India, attending annual festivals, concerts, and dance performances. This special program for the Mark Morris Dance Group reprises two India-inspired solos, O Rangasayee (1984) and Serenade (2003), as well as a humorous 1983 duet set to a lively Tamil film score-one of the rare Morris creations using prerecorded music. The program culminates in a world-premiere new work set to live music by Terry Riley for string quartet.

O Rangasayee premiered March 15, 1984, at Dansechange Montreal; Serenade premiered March 8, 2003, at George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia. The "Tamil Film Songs in Stereo" Pas de Deux premiered December 15, 1983, at Dance Theater Workshop, Bessie Schönberg Theatre, New York, and was broadcast on PBS in 1986.

Endowment support for the White Light Festival presentation of the Mark Morris Dance Group is provided by Blavatnik Family Foundation for Dance.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Pre-performance artist discussion at 6:15 pm

White Light Lounge follows the performance

V. Selvaganesh

Chennai native V. Selvaganesh, known for his work with Remember Shakti, is a percussionist trained in the Carnatic tradition and one of the world's leading kanjira (south Indian frame drum) players. As he creates an expanded palette for the kanjira bordering on a techno vibe, Selvaganesh uses the constant bell-like jangle of the kanjira to evoke the warp-speed jungle groove of drums and bass. For this performance, Selvaganesh will demonstrate his innovative approach, integrating Indian classical music with contemporary musical forms.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Post-performance artist discussion on Wednesday, November 2

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble

In a village devoted to dance in southern India, Nrityagram dancers complement their intensive training with the study of literature, Sanskrit, yoga, meditation, and martial arts. The all-female troupe expertly channels the powerful imagery, compelling physicality, and emotional honesty of Odissi dance, a classical Indian form dating back 2,000 years. Odissi dancers create the illusion of temple sculpture coming to life through balancing weight on one foot and using isolated, curved torso movements, forming an eternal "S" pattern with the body in space.


Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th floor

A Little Night Music with Nrityagram Music Ensemble

Musicians: Jateen Sahu, vocals and harmonium; Rohan Dahale, vocals and mardala (percussion); Sanjib Kunda, violin; Manu Raj, bamboo flute

An evening of music selected from the vast range of musical traditions of India-from Hindustani classical ragas to traditional music from Odisha to folk melodies.


Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building, 165 West 65th Street, 10th Floor

A Little Night Music with MMDG Music Ensemble

Works by Nico Muhly, Messiaen, and others


Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

White Light Lounge follows the performance

T.M. Krishna, vocals

T.M. Krishna is a classically trained Carnatic vocalist who performs ragas spanning centuries, gliding between microtones revelatory to the Western ear. Revered as an Indian music "powerhouse" (Washington Post), the iconic and controversial musician brings his groundbreaking technique to the White Light stage for this performance.


Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00 pm

David Geffen Hall, Broadway at 65th Street

Pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton at 1:45 pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse


London Symphony Orchestra

Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Erika Grimaldi, soprano

Daniela Barcellona, mezzo-soprano

Francesco Meli, tenor

Vitalij Kowaljow, bass

London Symphony Chorus

Simon Halsey, chorus director

Verdi: Messa da Requiem

Sung in Latin with English supertitles

This performance is also part of Lincoln Center's Great Performers "Symphonic Masters" series.

Penned by a grief-stricken Giuseppe Verdi to memorialize poet Alessandro Manzoni, the Verdi Requiem is one of the most recognizable major choral works in the repertoire. The agnostic composer's dramatic musical setting of the Roman Catholic funeral mass is often referred to as "an opera in disguise" (NPR). Gianandrea Noseda, music director designate of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, joined by four outstanding vocal soloists and the London Symphony Chorus under Simon Halsey.

There will be a pre-concert lecture by Andrew Shenton at 1:45 p.m. in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Endowment support for Symphonic Masters is provided by the Leon Levy Fund. Endowment support is also provide by UBS.


Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 4:00 until 5:30 pm

Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 W. 65th Street, 10th floor

White Light Conversation

Our Humanity: Past, Present, and Future

John Schaefer, moderator

In an increasingly fractious world where discourse serves to amplify prejudice, fear, and separateness, a multidisciplinary panel of esteemed thinkers and theorists will explore the commonality inherent in the human condition and examine the qualities that unite and elevate us. Through the lenses of evolution, psychology, religion, and art, this panel will provide fresh insight into the age-old question, "What makes us human?"


Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:00 and 9:00 pm

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:00, 7:00 and 9:00 pm

The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 W. 42nd Street

All That Fall

by Samuel Beckett

Pan Pan Theatre

Gavin Quinn, director

Pan Pan Theatre's All That Fall is a multi-layered composition of recorded voices that can be experienced as a black comedy, a murder mystery, a cryptic literary riddle, or a quasi-musical score. With just 60 seats, the audience sits in rocking chairs surrounded by speakers and ambient lighting for an immersive experience of Samuel Beckett's first radio play. Directed by Gavin Quinn, Pan Pan Theatre's production of All That Fall premiered in August 2011 at Project Arts Centre in Dublin, Ireland. All That Fall won the 2011 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Sound Design and Best Lighting Design, as well as the Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh International Festival 2013.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater, 450 W. 37th Street

Post-performance discussion with Liz Gerring on Friday, November 11

White Light Lounges on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12

(T)here to (T)here (World Premiere)

Liz Gerring Dance Company

Liz Gerring, choreographer

Kay Rosen, artistic collaborator

Michael J. Schumacher, composer

Amith Chandrashaker, lighting design

Joshua Higgason, video set design

Dancers: Brandon Collwes, Joseph Giordano, Pierre Guilbault, Julia Jurgilewicz, Claire Westby

Co-presented by Lincoln Center's White Light Festival and Baryshnikov Arts Center

New York-based choreographer Liz Gerring developed (T)here to (T)here in collaboration with visual artist Kay Rosen. Using projected text to create a visual space of words and color, (T)here to (T)here follows a central couple whose solos come together and move apart, mirroring the cyclical nature of relationships. Featuring an original score by frequent Gerring collaboratorMichael J. Schumacher, this intimate performance allows the audience to experience the dancers as individuals with unique, yet universal, human experiences. This work has been in development since 2014 with support from Baryshnikov Arts Center and Lincoln Center, and receives its world premiere at the 2016 White Light Festival.


Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th Street

Pre-concert lecture, "Prisoners in Their Own Palace: The Doges of Venice,"

by Raymond Erickson at 6:15 pm, Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse

White Light Lounge follows the performance, Alice Tully Hall Outer Lobby

A Venetian Coronation 1595


Paul McCreesh, conductor

Works by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli performed on period instruments

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

This performance is also part of Lincoln Center's Great Performers "Chamber Orchestras" series.

The renowned period-instrument ensemble and choir Gabrieli, led by its founder Paul McCreesh, is known for its mold-breaking reconstructions of music from historical events. For this program, the ensemble evokes the grand pageantry and soundworld of early Baroque Italian masters, reconstructing music from the coronation of Doge Marino Grimani at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. Gabrieli and McCreesh released A New Venetian Coronation 1595 in 2012, a remake of the ensemble's 1990 recording, which won the 2013 Gramophone Early Music Award.


Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street

Post-performance talk on Tuesday, November 15 with Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones

White Light Lounge follows each performance

Il ritorno d'Ulisse ("The Return of Ulysses")

Handspring Puppet Company

William Kentridge, director

Ricercar Consort

Philippe Pierlot, Musical Director

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Handspring Puppet Company, in its first New York appearance since War Horse, presents Monteverdi's opera Il ritorno d'Ulisse ("The Return of Ulysses") based on Homer's Odyssey. Directed by South African visual artist William Kentridge, whoseWinterreise was featured in the 2014 White Light Festival, this version of Monteverdi's opera places Ulysses center stage in a hospital bed in Johannesburg. The dying hero's visions, dreams and thoughts are conveyed to the audience via opera singers paired with puppeteers, accompanied by animated scenes by Kentridge, in a multilayered exploration of human heroism and frailty. This production, which premiered in South Africa in 1998, was presented by Lincoln Center's "New Visions" series in March 2004.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Alice Tully Hall, Broadway at 65th Street

White Light Lounge follows the performance

Medieval to Modern

Jeremy Denk, piano

Works by Machaut, Couperin, Frescobaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Stravinsky,

Cage, Ligeti, and John Adams

This performance is also part of Lincoln Center's Great Performers "Virtuoso Recitals" series.

New York-based pianist Jeremy Denk, who so memorably joined with Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra last summer for a program of Bach and Mozart, follows the evolution of music from the medieval era to the present day in this specially crafTEd White Light program. Like time-lapse photography, the evening progresses through seven centuries of music, creating sublime surprises from Couperin to Cage and beyond.


Biographical information about the artists and ensembles

Human Requiem

October 16, 18, 19

Rundfunkchor Berlin, the oldest radio choir in Germany, is considered one of the finest choral groups in the world. Consisting of 64 singers, the group has won multiple Grammy and ECHO Klassic Awards. Visit

Simon Halsey is a sought-after conductor of choral repertoire at the very highest level and an ambassador for choral singing across the world. He is Choral Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Choruses, and Director of the BBC Proms Youth Choir. Halsey is Conductor Laureate of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, where he served as Principal Conductor from 2001 to 2015. He also is Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker's Youth Choral Program and Artistic Advisor of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Choir. In 2016 he assumes the roles of Artistic Director of the Orfeó Català Choirs and Artistic Adviser to the Palau de la Música, Barcelona.

Jochen Sandig moved to Berlin in 1990, where he has since been active as an urban pioneer and cultural entrepreneur. Following the founding of the Tacheles Art Centre in 1990, he remained the director of the Tacheles Foundation until 1994. In 1993, together with Sasha Waltz, he founded the Dance Company Sasha Waltz & Guests. He went on to cofound the Sophiensaele in 1996, an independent venue for dance and Theater Productions in Berlin-Mitte, which he directed until 1999. From 2000 to 2004, Sandig was a member of the artistic direction team and was dramatist at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Since 2004 he has been the director of the independent Sasha Waltz & Guests GmbH.

Myth and Infrastructure and This World Made Itself

October 20, 21, 22

Miwa Matreyek is an internationally recognized animator, designer, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles. She creates animated short films as well as live works that integrate animation, performance, and video installation. Her work has been shown internationally at animation/film festivals, theater festivals, and performance festivals, as well as art galleries, science museums, tech conferences, universities, and more. Matreyek received her M.F.A. (2007) in Experimental Animation and Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts. She is one of the founding members and core collaborators of Cloud Eye Control. Read more at

Rundfunkchor Berlin

October 21

Gijs Leenaars began his post as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Choir) at the beginning of the 2015/16 season. Born in 1978 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Leenaars studied the piano, choral and orchestral conducting as well as singing in Nijmegen and Amsterdam. From 2012 to 2015 he was Principal Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor) in Hilversum, working with such leading conductors as Mariss Jansons, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink and Valery Gergiev. He is a regular guest conductor of the Collegium Vocale Ghent, Cappella Amsterdam and Netherlands Chamber Choir and has also conducted orchestras including the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Turin Philharmonic.


October 26, 27

Since his choreographic debut in 1999, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui has made more than 20 fully fledged choreographic pieces and won many prestigious awards. In 2010, with the founding of his company Eastman (in residence at deSingel International Artcampus) in Antwerp, Cherkaoui began a new phase in his trajectory, marked by the multiple-award-winning Babel(words), co-choreographed with Damien Jalet and designed by Antony Gormley. Cherkaoui is associate artist at Sadler's Wells, London, guest artistic director of the National Youth Dance Company, and dance director of Festival Equilibrio in Rome. He assumed the role of artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders in 2015. Learn more at

Damien Jalet is a French and Belgian freelance choreographer and performer. Since 2000 he's been working as a regular collaborator of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui within Les ballets C. de la B., Toneelhuis and Eastman. In 2002 Jalet and Cherkaoui created d'avant, together with Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, produced by Sasha Waltz & Guests. Jalet and Cherkaoui created Babel(words), which won two Olivier Awards in 2011 and a Prix Benois de la Danse for best choreography at the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. In addition, Jalet regularly works with Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir. He created a solo segment in Desh for Akram Khan, which was featured at the White Light Festival in 2013. Visit

Antony Gormley is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations, and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. Gormley's work has been widely exhibited throughout the U.K. and internationally. Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999, the Bernhard Heiliger Award for Sculpture in 2007, the Obayashi Prize in 2012, and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. In 1997 he was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) and was made a knight in the New Year's Honours list in 2014. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, an Honorary Doctor of the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Trinity and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge. Learn more

Bombay Jayashri

October 27

With a career extending over two decades, Bombay Jayashri Ramnath is among the most sought-after Carnatic musicians. Born into a family of musicians with rich lineage, Jayashri represents the fourth generation of music practitioners in her family. She has been groomed under the guidance of legends Lalgudi G. Jayaraman and T. R. Balamani. As a cultural ambassador of India's rich heritage, Jayashri has performed extensively in India and abroad in the most prestigious venues, drawing worldwide critical acclaim. Jayashri had the rare privilege of being the first Carnatic classical performer in The Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban, South Africa, and the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki, Finland. Learn more at

Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe

October 28, 30

Kerala Kalamandalam is the premier public institution for the preservation and promotion of the Indian state of Kerala's traditional performing arts. Since its founding in 1930, it has been a thriving cultural center for artists, art scholars, historians, theater directors, and choreographers. Troupes from Kerala Kalamandalam have travelled widely in India and abroad for programs, lecture-demonstrations and workshops. Kerala Kalamandalam Kathakali Troupe has represented India in many international dance and theater festivals, including the 2011 maximum INDIA festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more at

Mark Morris Dance Group

October 29, November 3, 5

Mark Morris formed the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980 and has since created close to 150 works for the company. Over the years he has had several productions presented at the White Light and Mostly Mozart Festivals, starting with L'Allegro, Il Penseroso ed il Moderato in 2002, and most recently Acis and Galatea in 2014. From 1988 to 1991, he was Director of Dance at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, the national opera house of Belgium. In 1990, he founded the White Oak Dance Project with Mikhail Baryshnikov. Morris is also an acclaimed ballet choreographer, with 20 works commissioned by ballet companies worldwide. Morris also works extensively in opera, directing and choreographing productions for The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, English National Opera, and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden, among others. Learn more

Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) as been called "the preeminent modern dance organization of our time" (Yo-Yo Ma). The company has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY. Visit

Verdi Requiem

October 30

Resident orchestra at London's Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) annually presents more than 120 concerts at home and abroad. The LSO is international resident orchestra at the Philharmonie de Paris. The orchestra regularly performs under Conductor Laureate André Previn, Principal Guest Conductors Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas, and with Bernard Haitink and Sir Simon Rattle, music director designate (to take effect September 2017). Outside the concert hall, the LSO's many other activities include an energetic and groundbreaking education and community program, a record company, a music education center, and pioneering work in the field of digital music. Visit

Gianandrea Noseda, Musical America's Conductor of the Year in 2015, is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors of his generation. Noseda is currently Music Director of the Teatro Regio Torino, Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the De Sabata Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, and Artistic Director of the Stresa Festival (Italy). He becomes Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra with the 2016-17 season and has been named Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2017. Previous posts include a nine-year stint as Music Director of the BBC Philharmonic and a decade as Principal Guest Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre. His 2013 Mostly Mozart debut at Lincoln Center, performing Rossini's Stabat Mater, was greatly acclaimed. Visit

Erika Grimaldi is one of the most prominent young sopranos in Europe, receiving critical acclaim in nearly a dozen of her portrayals at the Teatro Regio di Torino. Grimaldi won First Prize at the Comunitá Europea competition in 2008 and was immediately offered the role of Mimi in La Bohème at the Teatro Regio in Turin. Grimaldi made acclaimed debuts as Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore at the Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Massimo in Paermo, and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Avenches Festival in Switzerland, staged by Giancarlo Del Monaco. Recently, she joined Jonas Kaufman in a scene from II Trovatore on the tenor's all-Verdi album for Sony Classical.

Applauded by The New York Times for being a "powerhouse mezzo soprano," Daniela Barcellona is known as one of the finest contemporary interpreters of Rossini and Donizetti. Barcellona's performances in this repertoire are celebrated in her native Italy as well as abroad. Bercellona's concert performances include Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette with the London Symphony Orchestra; Verdi's Requiem with Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and Beethoven's Missa solemnis at the Sydney Opera House and Basilica di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

Italian-born vocalist Francesco Meli made his professional debut as Macduff in Verdi's Macbeth before becoming a globally recognized tenor. Known for his interpretations of Verdi, Meli has sung roles for the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Arena di Verona, the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and the Salzburg Festival among others. Recently, Meli debuted at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, returned to the Met as Alfredo in La Traviata and appeared in Idomeneo, Don Giovanni, Maria Stuarda, and Der Rosenkavalier.

Praised for his rich and expressive basso singing Vitalij Kowaljow is recognized as one of the world's leading bassists. Introduced to the United States by the Opera Orchestra of New York as Baldassare in La Favorita¸ Kowaljow has sung at the Metropolitan, San Francisco, Washington National, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia opera companies. He has appeared at various European venues including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna Staatsoper, Arena di Verson, and Sempreproper Dresden.

The London Symphony Chorus is one of the U.K.'s leading choirs, performing regularly at the Barbican and other venues. Formed in 1966 to complement the work of the London Symphony Orchestra, the choir consists of over 160 amateur singers from all walks of life. From its creation, the Chorus, under the direction of eminent musicians including John Alldis, Arthur Oldham, Richard Hickox, Stephen Westrop, Joseph Cullen, and Simon Halsey, has continued to expand its wide repertoire of music including the commissioning of new works. Visit

V. Selvaganesh

November 1

V. Selvaganesh is a renowned kanjira (south Indian frame drum) player and one of the leading musicians in the world of percussion. He was born in Chennai, India, to Grammy winner T.H. "Vikku" Vinayakram, a legendary musician and former member of the original Shakti. He is also the grandson of Sri T. R. Harihara Sarma, who founded the Sri Jaya Ganesh Tala Vadya Vidyalaya (Sri JGTV school) in Chennai. A child prodigy, Selvaganesh's concert career began at the age of ten. His first involvement with the international music scene came in the early 1990s, in Masters of Percussion, and late '90s, when he joinedShakti to play alongside John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. Apart from playing authentic Carnatic music, he has performed in many fusion, jazz, blues, flamenco, symphony orchestra, Celtic music, Latin music, electronic music, world music, Talavadya (percussion ensemble), and jugalbandhi concerts and has been part of numerous international music festivals with renowned Indian musicians. He has also composed and produced albums and played with the Swedish bass virtuoso Jonas Hellborg and American guitar player Shawn Lane. Selvaganesh formed the group Dr. JSM with the U.K.-based Goan songwriter/producer Dr. Joel and the young Carnatic singer Mahesh; their Indo-Celtic album entitled Turn on the Dreams was released in the U.K. in 2005. His debut international solo album, Soukha, was released in 2006 and featured the members of Remember Shakti including McLaughlin, Hussain, U. Srinivas, and Shankar Mahadevan, as well as sitar player Niladri Kumar and Selvaganesh's father, Vinayakram. In addition, his compositions are featured in Mira Nair's movies Vanity Fair and Monsoon Wedding.


November 2, 4

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Nrityagram Dance Village's repertory company, is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India, performing all over the world including an annual tour to the United States. Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, the Ensemble is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the 21st century. Supported by grants from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and more recently from The Joyce Theater, New York, Nrityagram's dancers not only explore creative expansions of tradition but are also able to commission new compositions from leading Indian classical musicians. Learn more at

The Nrityagram Dance Village is located outside Bangalore, India. It was founded in 1990 by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri, who converted ten acres of farmland into a setting for the study, practice and teaching of dance. Reminiscent of ancient ashrams where gurus imparted not only technique but also a philosophy for living, the village is a creative space where dancers, musicians and choreographers live together, sharing their skills and developing their art. To enrich their practice, dancers are also taught yoga and martial arts along with Sanskrit and classical literature.

A Little Night Music with Nrityagram Music Ensemble

November 3

Jateen Sahu, vocals and harmonium, learned Odissi singing under the tutelage of Guru Ramahari Das at The Music College, Odisha. He lives in Mumbai and has worked with Nrityagram since 2008. He is the lead vocalist at Nrityagram and also a concert singer.

Rohan Dahale, voice and mardala (percussion), began his training with Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and has continued his studies with Guru Banamali Maharana for the past 12 years. He lives in Mumbai and accompanies Odissi dancers from the region. At present, he is percussionist at the dance village and travels and performs with the Ensemble.

Sanjib Kunda, violin, started work with Nrityagram in 2006 after graduating in Hindustani violin playing from The Music College, Odisha. Since then he has performed with the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble while continuing to accompany other dancers in Odisha. He is the lead violinist at Nrityagram.

Manu Raj, bamboo flute, began his musical training as a vocalist when he was 11. At 14 he began to learn the bamboo flute. He moved to Mumbai in 2009 and has been under the tutelage of the renowned maestro Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. He accompanies his Guru in concert, performs as a soloist and as part of several bands, and also accompanies dance.

A Little Night Music with MMDG Music Ensemble

November 4

The MMDG Music Ensemble, formed in 1996, is integral to the work and performances of the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG). The Ensemble's repertory ranges from 17th-century works by John Wilson and Henry Purcell to more recent scores by Lou Harrison and Henry Cowell. The musicians also participate in Access/MMDG, the Dance Group's program to deepen community engagement at home and on the road. Visit

T.M. Krishna

November 6

T. M. Krishna's widely-known as "TMK," is recognized as today's foremost vocalist in the Carnatic tradition. He studied at the Krishnamurti Foundation's The School in Chennai, and Jiddu Krishnamurti's philosophy of "pathlessness" has unmistakably influenced Krishna's in the Carnatic tradition. Krishna's musical grounding was honed into mastery under the tutelage of Vidvans Seetharama Sarma, Chingleput Ranganathan, and the legendary Semmangudi Srinivasier. Krishna founded and continues his involvement in many organizations whose work is spread across the spectrum of Carnatic music, including research, archiving and documentation, taking Carnatic music to smaller towns and villages, and supporting artists from rural south India. He coauthored Voices Within: Carnatic Music-Passing on an Inheritance, a book dedicated to the greats of Carnatic music. His most recent book, A Southern Music, was published by Harper Collins in December 2013. Visit

All That Fall

November 9, 10, 11, 12

Since Ireland's Pan Pan Theatre was established in 1991 by co-directors Gavin Quinn and Aedín Cosgrove, the company has constantly examined and challenged the nature of its work and has resisted settling into well-tried formulas. All the works created are original, either the writing (original plays) or the totally unique expression of established writings. Pan Pan is committed to presenting performances nationally and internationally and to developing relationships with other organizations for co-productions and collaborations. The company has toured internationally. Learn more at

Gavin Quinn grew up in Dublin and co-founded Pan Pan Theatre with designer Aedín Cosgrove in 1991. Selected productions include A Bronze Twist of Your Serpent Muscles by Gavin Quinn (Best Overall Production, Dublin Fringe Festival, 1995),Standoffish by Gavin Quinn (Best Production, Advertiser, Adelaide 2000), The Playboy of the Western World by John Millington Synge (in both Beijing and Dublin, in Mandarin and with a Chinese cast, 2006), Oedipus Loves You by Gavin Quinn and Simon Doyle (2006), The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane (Best Production and Best Set Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), andAll That Fall by Samuel Beckett (Best Sound Design and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011). Quinn also directs for opera. Learn more at

(T)here to There

November 10, 11, 12

Since its inception in NYC in 1998, the Liz Gerring Dance Company has been exploring non-narrative, abstract movement, often derived from natural gesture. The company is noted for its close collaborations with contemporary visual artists and a longtime association with electronic music composer Michael J. Schumacher. The company currently numbers eight dancers, and regularly presents performances in venues throughout New York City and beyond. Learn more

Choreographer Liz Gerring was born in San Francisco in 1965. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and began studying dance at age 13. In 1987 she received a B.F.A. from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Doris Rudko. She has been working as a choreographer in New York since 1993. In March 1998, she presented her first piece, a four-hour movement installation. Since then, the Liz Gerring Dance Company has presented work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob's Pillow, Danspace Project, the Connelly Theater, The Kitchen, Engine 27 and other venues. Learn more

Visual artist Kay Rosen uses language as her primary material and subject, creating text-based works that explore the ways language can be represented visually. Rosen's work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions and projects at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the MIT List Visual Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Aspen Art Museum, and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in New Zealand. She has been included in group exhibitions such as Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at the Museum of Modern Art (2012) and the 2000 Whitney Biennial. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Norton Family Collection. Learn more at

Michael J. Schumacher is a composer, performer and installation artist based in Brooklyn. In addition to his long-term collaboration with Liz Gerring, he has worked with choreographer Sally Silvers, poet Bruce Andrews, musicians Oren Ambarchi, Kaffe Matthews, Donald Miller of Borbetomagus, Phill Niblock and Ed Tomney of the indie band Necessaries, conceptual artists Luke Dubois and Elana Herzog, architect Victoria Meyers, video artist Ursula Scherrer, film-maker Ken Jacobs, and many others. His most recent project is the rock band diNMachine. Visit

A Venetian Coronation 1595

November 12

Gabrieli, originally the Gabrieli Consort & Players, is a world-renowned interpreter of great vocal and instrumental repertoire spanning the Renaissance to present day. Formed as an early-music ensemble by Paul McCreesh in 1982, the London-based group's repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programs of music from many centuries, and reconstructions of music composed for historical events. Visit

Award-winning English conductor Paul McCreesh has been making innovative recordings and conducting thrilling performances of choral, operatic and symphonic music for over 30 years. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured worldwide and made many award-winning recordings. In 2013 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, with whom he is conducting a wide range of music from the Classical period through the 19th and 20th centuries. McCreesh guest conducts many major orchestras and choirs around the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney Symphony orchestras. Visit

Il ritorno d'Ulisse
November 14, 15, 16

Handspring Puppet Company was founded in 1981 and has grown under the leadership of Artistic Director Adrian Kohler and Executive Producer Basil Jones for 30 years. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, the company provides an artistic home and professional base for a core group of performers, designers, theater artists, and technicians. Handspring's work has been presented in more than 30 countries around the world. Visit

William Kentridge was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1955. Using film, drawing, sculpture, animation, and performance, he transmutes sobering political events into powerful poetic allegories. Kentridge has had major exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. His opera and theater works, often produced in collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, have appeared at Brooklyn Academy Of Music; Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa; and Festival d'Avignon, France, in addition to Lincoln Center. His production of Dmitri Shostakovich's opera The Nose premiered in 2010 at the Metropolitan Opera in conjunction with a retrospective organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Kentridge lives and works in Johannesburg.

Medieval to Modern

November 16

Jeremy Denk is one of America's foremost pianists. Winner of a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America's 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award, he has recently appeared as soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. He is an artistic partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and served as music director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival. His 2013 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations reached number one on Billboard's Classical Chart. Learn more at

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