Euro legit troupes are the focus of this year’s Lincoln Center Fest, whose 2009 lineup includes theater offerings from five countries alongside an array of international dance and music perfs.
The annual summer event opens with Le Theatre du Soleil’s “Les Ephemeres” (July 7-19) staged by French helmer Ariane Mnouchkine at the Park Avenue Armory. The two-part show, created from cast members’ memories, is presented as a collage of moments from everyday life.
Also beginning perfs that week is the early Chekhov play “Ivanov” (July 7-11) from Budapest-based Katona Jozsef Theater, one of two Hungarian troupes playing the fest along with Bela Pinter and Company making its U.S. debut with absurdist melodrama “Peasant Opera” (July 21-25).
Poland is repped with Narodowy Stary Teatr’s “Kalkwerk” (July 14-18), an adaptation of a novel by Thomas Bernhard about an obsessive scientist and his wife. Krystian Lupa helms.
Russian company Maly Drama Theater gets a stint with “Life and Fate” (July 21-26), an adaptation of a Vasily Grossman novel about a mother in a Ukrainian Jewish ghetto and her son, who is at work on a nuclear weapon.
Also out of Russia is the Chekhov Intl. Theater Fest’s production of Alexander Pushkin’s “Boris Godunov” (July 22-26), helmed by Declan Donnellan (also in the Park Avenue Armory for its Gotham run).
Rounding out the Lincoln Center Fest’s theater offerings is Italy’s Piccolo Teatro di Milano presenting Carlo Goldoni’s “Trilogia della Villeggiatura,” adapted and helmed by Toni Servillo.
Also on the fest’s slate are Shen Wei Dance Arts’ triptych “Re — (I, II, III),” two offerings from Emanuel Gat Dance, music perfs by Algeria’s Idir and Morocco’s Najat Aatabou, an Afro-blues double-bill, and a tribute to New Orleans songwriter Wardell Quezergue.