Ready to wait for Godot? Lincoln Center’s annual “White Light Festival” kicks off this week with a diverse roster of programming, including a new staging of Samuel Beckett’s existential comedy, “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Garry Hynes; the New York premiere of choreographers Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez’s “Borderline”; a cappella music from the Latvian Radio Choir (presented at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin) and more.
“This year we emphasize the communal, from the ephemeral gatherings formed in the presence of live performance to the widening circles of community in our global, connected world,” said Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss in a statement on the site.
The multi-disciplinary festival, which covers dance, theater and film, begins with the return of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s “Sutra,” a spectacle that features 17 Shaolin monks from China who use dance and martial arts to navigate a set of 21 boxes created by sculptor Antony Gormley. The piece’s encore comes after its premiere at the “White Light Festival” in 2010, which played to a sold-out crowd.
Other events of note include a solo performance from Akram Khan called “XENOS,” which uses contemporary dance to explore the aftermath of war, and the world premiere of dancer and choreographer Cesc Gelabert’s “Framing Time,” set to Morton Feldman’s “Triadic Memories,” played by pianist Pedja Muzijevic.
Films supplementing this year’s live performances are Carlos Reygadas’s “Silent Light” and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s “Ordet.”
The White Light Festival runs through Nov. 18.
Top Image: Photo of "Sutra." Courtesy of Andree Lanthier.