At Lincoln Center, cross-pollination and collaborations among performing arts groups

Posted on: February 5, 2015

“Although the founders of Lincoln Center had hoped that concentrating so many great cultural institutions in one place would foster artistic cross-pollination, it sometimes seemed as if the theaters were walled off from one another by their white travertine facades,” writes Michael Cooper in Wednesday’s (2/4) New York Times. “But in recent years, that has begun to change: Institutions that once competed, sometimes bitterly, over audiences, resources and donors are increasingly teaming up in ways both large and small. In one particularly striking example, Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic … announced last month that they were joining forces to stage several contemporary operas together.… In recent years, City Ballet stars including Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild have danced with the Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall….  Jed Bernstein, who took over last year as the president of Lincoln Center, said … ‘I think we are in the beginning of a time where … there is a hunger for this kind of collaborative effort.’ ” Also quoted in the article are Louis Langrée, music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival and Orchestra, and Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera.

Posted February 5, 2015

Pictured: New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Sara Mearns and New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert (center) in the New York Philharmonic’s June 2013 performance of Stravinsky’s “A Fairy’s Kiss” at Avery Fisher Hall. Photo by Richard Termine