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Lincoln Center Celebrates Israel's 50 Year Anniversary

by Gad Nahshon

Lincoln Center will celebrate Israel's 50 year anniversary when two internationally acclaimed theatres will perform in the summer festival. First the Israeli-Russian 1991 "Gesher" (Bridge) will stage its two excellent plays: "Village" from July 7, 1998 to July 19, and "Adam Resurrected" from July 14 to July 19.

"Village" was written by Joshua Jobol and "Adam Resurrected" by Yoram Kaniuk. Sobol's is about Yossi, a Jew who lived in Palestine and Kaniuk's is about Adam Stein, a German Jew and a Holocaust survivor. Gesher's secret is the great director, Yevgeny Arye, who established Gesher in 1991 as a Russian Theatre in Israel. The executive director is Ori Levy.

The second theatre which will honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of Israel is the British "Theatre de Complicite". Their play is the award winning (1992) "The Street of Crocodiles," a play about Bruno Schultz, a Polish Jew who perished during the Holocaust. Also "Seven Gates of Jerusalem," an oratorio by Krzysztof Penderecki. The New York Philharmonic with Kurt Mazur will premiere this monumental oratorio in the U.S.A. at Avery Fisher Hall on July 17th and 18th, 1998. This oratorio was commissioned by Teddy Kollek and was composed in 1996.

The summer festival will include more events such as "Leonard Bernstein's Celebration", "Back", "The Hamburg Ballet", "The New York Video Festival", and "The Peony Pavillion" (Mudan Ting) a Chinese opera.

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