One of the most respected figures in British theatre is to take on the challenge of running the planned performing arts centre that will be a key part of the redevelopment of Ground Zero in
Because the building will not open until at least 2018, it will be a part-time job and Lan stressed he will not be giving up his day job in
Lan has in fact been doing the job since September but it was not publicised because he and his team needed to get proposals in place and get them approved by the board of trustees, he said. "Our plans were largely not what they were expecting, so we needed to work up the arguments."
A performing arts centre has long been part of the Daniel Libeskind masterplan for the
From the very start there has been a will to have culture and the arts represented in the redevelopment plans. What form that took has changed many times. At one stage a future home for the
Now the plan is for a multidisciplinary centre with Lan at the artistic helm. Like the Young Vic, which opened in its present form in 2006 after major redevelopment, it will be more than a theatre - it will be a place to socialise, meet and collaborate and be open from breakfast to night.
Having said that, Lan stressed: "What we're really not doing is transplanting the Young Vic to downtown
Lan said the centre was "for
Key to the project is that it will be premiering its own works.
The centre is slap-bang in
Lan was born in
"I'm not even thinking about it. I have a very good time here and am planning next year and have ideas for the year after that. Let's see how we go," he said.
Lan was headhunted by the PAC's director,
Boepple said when she first started thinking who could do the job, Lan's name was one of the ones she wrote down. "It is not that we are copying it, but I've long wanted a place like the Young Vic in
She did not ask one of the "great American artistic directors" because the job would be part time - "we would be a little brother or sister of whatever they were running. Also we weren't going to hire a full-time artistic director because they would go out of their minds, this isn't going to open until about 2018."
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