|Family Events and Performances Featuring
Artists from New York and Around the World
August 30, 2017 — Lincoln Center today announced its 2017-18 LC Kids season, featuring a diverse lineup of performances, events, and celebrations for children and families. Running from September through June, artists from New York and beyond will offer theater, dance, music, puppetry, storytimes, immersive experiences and more in a range of free and ticketed events.
LC Kids will continue its popular free music and storytime events at the David Rubenstein Atrium, featuring performances by leading musicians and storytimes with acclaimed children’s book authors, presented in partnership with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. On Halloween weekend, families can enjoy a free party on the plaza, as Lincoln Center continues its annual fall celebration with costumes, candy, spooky stories, and more.
The entire season kicks off Saturday, September 23 with a music and storytime double-feature event at the David Rubenstein Atrium, with author Todd Tarpley and a boogaloo dance party with music by Spanglish Fly.
Complete details for the 2017–18 LC Kids season follow below.
The Village of Vale (United States)
In this dark, fairy-tale musical, a mysterious traveler discovers a village where secrets and curses lurk behind every door and knowledge is as potent as it is dangerous. Six performers and a live band tell the stories of an obsessed bookkeeper, a cursed woodsman, and a traveling trader without a name whose arrival threatens to upend the lives of every villager in Vale.
The Secret Life of Suitcases (Scotland)
Larry is an office worker who likes everything in its place. But when a fantastical flying suitcase with a mission shows up at his door one day, Larry’s world is turned upside down and he embarks on a journey that takes him further than he ever thought possible. Discover the thrill of adventure and the joy of coming home again in this colorful play.
SOLE Defined (United States)
Transforming their bodies into drums, these high-energy dancers add a jolt of electricity to the traditional Broadway musical format. Combining tap, step, and other forms of percussive dance with acting, singing, and multimedia projections, they invite audiences into their wholly original form of free-flowing storytelling.
The Polar Bears Go Up (United Kingdom)
In this fun, surreal, and highly enjoyable theater adventure, the polar bears must step up and explore unknown territory: the sky above their heads. They climb trees, jump on clouds, and reach for the stars as they race each other all the way to space.
Contra-Tiempo (United States)
Drawing from salsa, Afro-Cuban dance, hip-hop, and contemporary dance-theater, this critically acclaimed, multicultural Los Angeles dance troupe is dedicated to transforming the world through dance. Their philosophy of performance-as-social-action gives voice to people not traditionally seen on the concert stage, creating a thrilling, mind-opening experience for children and adults alike.
Where Words Once Were (United States)
Wordplay and adventure abound in this new work by celebrated playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. Set in a dystopian time where language is rationed, a sentence can get you sentenced, and the silent are rising, our young hero Orhan discovers that a word can change the world.
Presented in partnership with Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Waves, all that Glows Sees (Canada)
Children are invited inside an enchanted tent to experience this whimsical theatrical tale where a tall man’s daydreams of a seaside land filled with wonders is transformed into an immersive reality. Sand dunes, sea creatures, boats, and the endless sky are evoked through stunning visuals and original melodies.
Presented in association with Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Babies 0–24 months and their grownups are free to explore during this enchanting classical music experience featuring a playful quartet of musicians. With the help of two violins, one cello, and a raccoon, they’ll become a part of the story of one very special tree.
Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this awe-inspiring performance features an extremely physical quartet of dancers who stack, spin, leap, and climb to show how we all fit together in society. It is dedicated to anyone who can’t sit still, who likes to climb the walls, and who can imagine beyond what they can see.
Look down. What are you standing on? Explore the ground and all of its wiggly inhabitants in this quirky dance show for young children. Featuring worms, slugs, snails, and spontaneous outbreaks of ant dancing, Grass uses performance, puppetry, and projections to inspire children to look closely at the world around them, get mucky, and play!
Big Umbrella Festival
In spring 2018, Lincoln Center will present the inaugural Big Umbrella Festival, the world’s first month-long festival dedicated to relaxed, sensory-rich performances that are carefully designed for children on the autism spectrum and their families. The festival, set to launch during Autism Awareness Month in April 2018, is an outgrowth of Lincoln Center Education’s longtime commitment to making art accessible in all forms to diverse audiences. Thoughtfully curated with unique needs in mind, Big Umbrella’s core objective is to enrich the lives of children on the autism spectrum through inclusive art that engages, educates, and inspires.
Spanning April 10 to May 6, 2018, Big Umbrella is presented by Lincoln Center Education and LC Kids, and will include three original interactive theater productions by local and international artists presented both at local schools and on the Lincoln Center campus, as well as a symposium and professional development opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and presenters, with the aim of bringing the community together around the topic of neurodiversity.
The Big Umbrella Festival will include the return of Up and Away, the groundbreaking immersive theater experience commissioned by Lincoln Center and premiered in 2015 to worldwide recognition, as well as other first-rate theater and music events from around the world.
Details about the productions, events, and dates will be announced at a later date. For more information, sign up for emails at BigUmbrellaFestival.org.
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Tickets to LC Kids events are available to members at the $125 level and above starting August 28. Tickets on sale to general public starting September 12. A 20% discount is taken off the member or non-member ticket price when two or more shows are purchased. This offer expires on October 1, 2017.
Kids.LincolnCenter.org for tickets and more details.
FREE LC KIDS EVENTS
LC Kids at the Atrium
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: The Happy Racers
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Crankenstein by Samantha Berger
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Nobuntu
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Read the Book, Lemmings! by Ame Dykman
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Duke Otherwise
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: The Littlest Train by Chris Gall
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Soul Science Kids
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Frances England
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Hey Black Child by Bryan Collier
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Sheep 101 by Richard Morris
LC Kids Artists at the Atrium: Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Hello, Lighthouse! by Sophie Blackall
LC Kids Storytime at the Atrium: Doll-E 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey
PARTIES ON THE PLAZA
Our fabulous Halloween celebration returns for a fun-filled day of costumes, candy, spooky stories, and seasonal fun.
LC Kids Dance
Dancers of all ages will learn a few steps of merengue, tango, salsa, and swing before they take over Lincoln Center’s famous outdoor dance floor in Damrosch Park.
Visit Kids.LincolnCenter.org for more details.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community engagement, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 16 series, festivals, and programs, including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Career Grants and Artist program, David Rubenstein Atrium programming, Great Performers, The Performing Arts Hall of Fame at Lincoln Center, Lincoln Center at the Movies, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Awards, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Mostly Mozart Festival, White Light Festival, the Emmy Award–winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS, and Lincoln Center Education, which is celebrating 41 years enriching the lives of students, educators, and lifelong learners. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, School of American Ballet, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Lincoln Center has become a leading force in using new media and technology to reach and inspire a wider and global audience. Reaching audiences where they are—physically and digitally—has become a cornerstone of making the performing arts more accessible to New Yorkers and beyond. The reimagination of David Geffen Hall will play an important part in these efforts. For more information, visit LincolnCenter.org.
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