Love. Lust. Life. Invited by Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic for a second collaboration, Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen was the obvious choice. Widely recognized as one of the most vibrant and beautiful operas of the 20th century, but not often produced, Vixen had become a legend more than a known and familiar work.

Giants Are Small returned to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center to transform the space into a giant forest, filled with insects, animals and human beings — and inhabited by love, lust and a tremendous passion for life.

This sold out production marked the the expansion of Giants Are Small’s collaborative process with the introduction of choreographer Karole Armitage into the creative mix. Once again, the results were called the “Best of…” by major critical media.

“It seems unlikely we’ll soon encounter a stronger vision of ‘Vixen…’”

The Washington Post

“Best Classical Performance of 2011…In this sublime silliness, the orchestra rediscovered its mission: making live music that’s necessary and irreproducible.”

New York Magazine