‘Sutra’ Returns to Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival

Posted June 18, 2018 5:04 p.m. EDT

NEW YORK — Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival this fall will offer a range of works, from Haydn to hip-hop dance to “Waiting for Godot.”

The eclectic festival has often explored the themes of spirituality and transcendence, and this year is no different. Performances will kick off on Oct. 16 with the return of the piece “Sutra,” which choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brought to the festival in 2010. The piece features high-flying dancing by 17 Shaolin monks from China.

Akram Khan will stop by on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 as part of a worldwide tour in which he bids farewell to dancing; he will be the sole performer in his own piece “Xenos,” which portrays a shellshocked Indian soldier in World War I. On Oct. 19-20, Company Wang Ramirez, based in France, will present “Borderline,” in which airborne dancers attached to cables combine hip-hop and contemporary dance forms.

The classical music portion of the festival contains works both new and hallowed. On Nov. 15, Les Arts Florissants, led by conductor William Christie, will perform Haydn’s triumphant “The Creation.” The Takács Quartet will play Schubert (Oct. 18), and violinist Hilary Hahn plays Bach (Oct. 23). In contrast, composer Kaija Saariaho will present the U.S. premiere of “Only the Sound Remains,” a chamber opera inspired by Japanese Noh theater, with set design by Julie Mehretu, a MacArthur fellow (Nov. 17-18).

And the Druid Theater Company from Ireland will present “Waiting For Godot” on Nov. 2-13, directed by the Tony-winning Garry Hynes.

While Jane Moss, Lincoln Center’s artistic director, said in November that she planned to expand the White Light festival after the summertime Lincoln Center Festival shuttered, this fall’s iteration is more or less the same size as in past years. A full lineup can be found at lincolncenter.org/white-light-festival.