Embark on an extraordinary journey through 5,000 years of Chinese civilization. From ancient dynasties to modern day, inspiring stories and legends spring to life through classical Chinese dance. Animated backdrops, exquisite costumes, thunderous battle drums, and powerful flips fill the stage with color and energy. Timeless ethnic and folk dances, a unique East-West orchestra, and singers' soaring voices converge in an unforgettable experience. Based in New York, Shen Yun has become a global sensation, bringing authentic Chinese culture to the world. Fashion designer Donna Karan called it "mesmerizing," and Maleficent director Robert Stromberg, "so inspiring." Shen Yun returns to Lincoln Center with an all-new 2015 program.
Tschaikovsky's beloved melodies will transport you to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. Whether it's a first-time experience or an annual treat, don't miss the hottest holiday ticket in town. The 2014-15 performances of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker™ are generously sponsored by Travelers.
For the first time ever in North America, the complete film trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, will be presented live, in concert, April 7-12, 2015. Beneath a giant screen, the Academy Award-winning scores by Howard Shore will be performed by 250 musicians, on stage, including symphony orchestra, chorus and soloists. Two complete trilogies, Wednesday-Friday, April 8-10, and Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12. By Popular Demand, an additional performance of The Fellowship of the Ring has been added, Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
Dancemaker Paul Taylor brings his renowned Company back in a fascinating new initiative: Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance. As always, Taylor presents his own world-renowned Company, which dances 17 of his classics plus a New York Premiere and World Premiere. But Taylor's also presenting important works he admires by two other modern choreographers: Doris Humphrey's rarely-seen Passacaglia, danced by Limón Dance Company, and Shen Wei's riveting Rite of Spring, danced by Shen Wei Dance Arts. Orchestra of St. Luke's will perform live throughout the season when intended by the choreographer. PTAMD is Taylor's way of celebrating the past, enhancing the present and securing the future of modern dance, and ensuring that this homegrown American art form always has a home at Lincoln Center.