Lincoln Center Festival Announces Two Major Theater Events on Governors Island

A scene from The Demons, which will be performed on Governors Island this July as a part of the Lincoln Center Festival (photo from lincolncenterfestival.org)

The Lincoln Center Festival announced its line-up of performances today and it includes two major theatre events on Governors Island – the North American premiere of Peter Stein’s 12 hour marathon production of Dostoyevsky’s The Demons (also known as The Possessed) and the North American premiere of Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s production of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema, adapted and staged by Ivo van Hove, whose work was also featured on the Island last September during the New Island Festival.

Performances on Governors Island will begin on July 10 with The Demons. The production is Peter Stein’s adaptation of the 1872 novel inspired by a vision of Russia collapsing under the weight of conflicting ideologies. Performed in Italian (with English supertitles) by a cast of 26 actors, the action of The Demons explores the consequences of a plot by a group of young revolutionaries to murder one of their own comrades. Audience members will watch the performance and will have two short breaks, as well as a lunch and dinner break as a part of the experience.

From July 15-19, Teorema by Toneelgroep Amsterdam will be performed on Governors Island. Teorema is an adaptation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s novel and film that follow the unraveling of a middle-class family after a mysterious stranger visits and changes their lives forever. Teorema will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.

These performances are just some of the exciting arts and cultural programs that our visitors will be able to enjoy this summer. We will be announcing our full schedule later this spring. In the meantime, to learn more about the Lincoln Center Festival or to get more information about purchasing tickets, click here.

Braakland (Wasteland) named one of the best performances of 2009

Braakland (or Wasteland) was performed on Governors Island this past September as a part of the New Island Festival. Theatremania just named the performance one of the top 10 performances of 2009.

Braakland was a performance piece that told the story of nine people wandering through a forgotten place. Inspired by the novels of John Coetzee, the production used penetrating imagery to bring the violence and desolation of his books to life. Director Lotte van den Berg staged the action hundreds of feet from the audience, creating an expansive physical distance. This staging led Theatremania’s Andy Propst to declare, “Watched from a distance, this brutal exploration of man’s inhumanity to man featured a host of committed and strikingly detailed performances, which made the action chillingly immediate.”

Braakland was performed on the southern portion of Governors Island as a part of the New Island Festival. Here, actors perform hundreds of feet from the audience, creating a unique theatrical experience (photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/istolethetv/ / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Weekend Round-up: Mist-e the cow, a beer bike, and two Dutch festivals take over Governors Island

This weekend, thousands of visitors came out to Governors Island to enjoy the last official weekend of summer. Many visitors took advantage of the miles of car-free biking here, while others caught performances at the New Island Festival, and saw the houses of Nolan Park as they were transformed by Droog design as a part of Pioneers of Change.

One attraction that provided delight for children and adults alike was Mist-e Simone, the New Island Festivals’ iconic cow.  Mist-e took up residence on the Festival’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams and was a great ambassador for the Island.

Another unique site during the festival was the archeological dig. Even though the festival is over, the archeological dig will remain open every Friday – Sunday until the Island closes.  So even though these wonderful Dutch events are over, there are still many more dynamic exhibitions, performances and programs happening through October 11.

Visitors at the Pioneers of Change exhibition in Nolan Park, where visitors experienced unique examples of Dutch architecture, fashion and design

Visitors at the Pioneers of Change exhibition in Nolan Park, where visitors experienced unique examples of Dutch architecture, fashion and design

 
Children on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, at the center of the New Island Festival

Children on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, at the center of the New Island Festival

Mist-e relaxing on Colonels Row with visitors

Mist-e relaxing on Colonels Row with visitors

Many visitors ate and drank at the New Island Festival. Here, visitors enjoy a beer on the beer bike

Many visitors ate and drank at the New Island Festival. Here, several enjoy a beer on the beer bike

ART AND THE 400′ LONG TABLE: DIRECT FROM HOLLAND

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The New Island Festival will offer an exciting smorgasboard of happenings on New York City’s Governors Island from September 10–13 and again from September 17–20. Come discover provocative theatre, stunning site-specific performance, dazzling visual arts and exhilarating DJ sets, all performed by world-class Dutch performers.

The New Island Festival brings the greatest elements of European outdoor performing arts festivals to Governors Island. All of Governors Island will be the stage for the Dutch, American, and other international artists who will utilize the waterfront promenade, historic homes, barracks and open green spaces to re-imagine this Island in the middle of New York Harbor. Performances will begin in the early afternoon and continue through the evening.  This will be the first time Governors Island has been open at night.
The Festival area is open to the public on Thursdays from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM and Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. All events are in English, subtitled, or non-verbal.  Some events are free; some require tickets.

To find out more:  www.newislandfestival.com

For Program guide and schedule:  http://www.newislandfestival.com/program

Before you go – for information on visiting Governors Island (ferry schedule, opening hours, open areas, directions):  www.govisland.com

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