“Music From the Films of Tim Burton,” a multimedia concert showcase of Danny Elfman’s scores to Burton features, will kick off the 2015 edition of the Lincoln Center Festival, which this year will also include the return of much-admired stage troupes Druid Theater Company and Cheek by Jowl as well as productions of “Miss Julie” and “Kafka on the Shore.”
Burton will edit the montage of film clips, sketches, drawings and storyboards that will accompany the orchestral performance of “Music From the Films of Tim Burton” (July 6-12), with John Mauceri conducting. Elfman will make an appearance.
Druid, which has previously turned heads in New York with a marathon of the work of J.M. Synge (also at the Lincoln Center Festival) and a well-received staging of “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” returns with “DruidShakespeare: The History Plays” (July 7-19), which strings together “Richard II,” the two parts of “Henry IV” and “Henry V,” all compressed into a single two-part marathon.
Led by the director and designer who recently staged “Shakespeare in Love” on the West End, Cheek by Jowl will present a production of Alfred Jarry’s absurdist political comedy “Ubu Roi” (July 22-26). Directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, the show stars a cast of French actors.
Another veteran of the festival, Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa (“Modern Noh Plays,” “Musashi”), brings “Kafka on the Shore” (July 23-26), based on the Haruki Murakami novel, while German director Thomas Ostermeier directs Russian actors in “Miss Julie” (July 27-Aug. 2).
Also on the festival’s bill this summer are dance performances by the National Ballet of China and its symphony orchestra, a concert by Brooklyn chamber quartet Yarn/Wire, a production of Harry Partch’s avant-garde music-theater spectacle “Delusion of the Fury” (by the same German troupe that staged the buzzy “Die Soldaten” at the festival in 2008), and shows featuring the Cleveland Orchestra. There’s also a 10-performance run of Georgian puppet-theater company Gabriadze Theater with “Ramona,” about two steam engines who fall in love.
Lincoln Center Festival, which runs July 6-Aug. 2, has in the past grabbed New York’s attention with Cate Blanchett stage outings including “Uncle Vanya” and “The Maids,” as well as Alan Cumming’s solo “Macbeth,” which transferred to Broadway.