Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Works & Process at the Guggenheim


Range of Programs and Artists Include: American Ballet Theatre, The George Balanchine Foundation, New York City Opera, Poet Paul Auster, Playwright John Guare, and Visual Artist/ Director Robert Wilson.

August 16, 2004—This fall Works & Process at the Guggenheim continues its exploration of the creative process with a diverse roster of music, dance, opera, and literary and theatrical events. Following its tradition of eclectic programs that mingle performance and discussion in an intimate setting, the Works & Process Fall 2004 Season presents leading companies including the New York City Opera and American Ballet Theatre, as well as new musical commissions and theatrical world premieres. The events are highlighted by lively discussions among the artistic collaborators followed by a reception to meet the artists in the museum’s spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim is produced by Mary Sharp Cronson, who founded the series in 1984. Now in its twenty-first season, Works & Process at the Guggenheim has collaborated with some of New York's leading cultural institutions, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Lincoln Center Festival, New York Theatre Workshop and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Past programs have included previews of major operatic and theatrical pieces, such as John Adams's Nixon in China, Peter Brook's Mahabharata, and Charles Wuorinen's The Great Procession. Actor Patrick Stewart, choreographer Twyla Tharp, composer Stephen Sondheim, playwright Tony Kushner, String Theorist Brian Greene, Nobel Prize–winning poet Derek Walcott, and writer Salman Rushdie are just a few of the artists who have presented their work.

All programs are presented in the Peter B. Lewis Theater of The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $20 for the general public, and $15 for Guggenheim members, students, and senior citizens. For further information and to order tickets by phone, the public may call (212) 423-3587, Monday through Friday, 1–5 PM. For further information on Works & Process at the Guggenheim, visit

Following is a schedule of programs for the Works & Process Fall 2004 Season:

Paul Auster: Poetry and Music
Sunday and Monday, September 12 and 13, 8 PM
Works & Process has commissioned new musical settings by renowned composers Milton Babbitt, Louis Karchin, Lee Hyla, Roger Reynolds, and Charles Wuorinen for Paul Auster's poetry. Hailed as "one of America's most spectacularly inventive writers" by the the Times Literary Supplement, Auster reads from his Collected Poems and discusses his work. The Group for Contemporary Music performs.

Plan B
Saturday and Sunday, September 18 and 19, 8 PM
The Obie and Bessie Award-winning Big Dance Theater previews excerpts of their latest work. Choreographer Annie-B Parson and co-director Paul Lazar blend a variety of source materials including the "secret" tapes of Richard Nixon and the biography of 19th century wild-child Kaspar Hauser into a visually arresting and emotionally resonant theatrical vision. Plan B premieres in its entirety at Dance Theater Workshop.

Dialogues of the Carmelites—New Visions
Monday, September 27, 8 PM
New York City Opera singers perform excerpts from Francis Poulenc's operatic masterwork inspired by the true tale of Carmelite nuns martyred during the French Revolution. "This work is so exquisitely written….This production stands among the best!" (New York Magazine) Members of the creative team join the discussion with WQXR host Nimet Habachy.

American Ballet Theatre and Christopher Wheeldon
Sunday and Monday, October 3 and 4, 8 PM
Preview excerpts of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's ballet VIII, based on the life of King Henry VIII and his first two wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. Originally created for the Hamburg Ballet in 2001, Wheeldon has re-choreographed the work for the U.S. and Company premiere with American Ballet Theatre.

Young Concert Artists
Sunday and Monday, October 24 and 25, 8 PM
Young Concert Artists has been discovering and launching the careers of extraordinary musicians since 1961. Meet YCA's award-winning composers Mason Bates, Kenji Bunch, Daniel Kellogg, and Kevin Puts and hear their music in premiere performances by outstanding solists and chamber ensembles including The Claremont Trio, the Extension Ensemble, Hsing-Ay Hsu, Kevin Puts, and Fred Sherry.

Bioethics and the Mind in the New Genetic Age
Sunday and Monday, November 7 and 8, 8 PM
Do we want genetic information that will predict our future? The award-winning author and Columbia University Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Robert Klitzman explores this and other sensitive topics investigating the social, legal, and moral implications. The talk includes photographs and works of art that illuminate these ethical and psychological dilemmas.

Balanchine Continued…
Sunday and Monday, November 14 and 15, 8 PM
Many of the country's top ballet companies are headed by past Balanchine dancers passing on this 20th century master-choreographer's legacy. Join principal dancers from the Ballet Arizona as they perform excerpts and discuss George Balanchine's influence with former New York City Ballet star Lourdes López and Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen. Presented in collaboration with The George Balanchine Foundation.

Two Gentlemen of Verona
Sunday and Monday, November 21 and 22, 8 PM
Composer Galt McDermot conducts his newly arranged concert version of the Tony Award–winning musical based on the fabled Shakespearean comedy. Some of Broadway's most exciting young performers will be featured. Noted playwright and lyricist John Guare joins the panel for a discussion.

2Lips and dancers and space
Sunday and Monday, December 12 and 13, 8 PM
Dancers from the Nederlands Dans Theater III perform excerpts of this new work by the acclaimed visual artist and theater director Robert Wilson. Texts by Wilson's long-term collaborator,Christopher Knowles create tension between movement and the spoken word. Choreographer Jirí Kylián discusses the piece with Wilson.

Holiday Concert
Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19, 6 PM
Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. The Vox Vocal Ensemble and conductor George Steel return for what has become a beloved annual tradition. Free—no reservations required.


Family Holiday Benefit: The Nutcracker
Monday, December 6, 5 PM
The entire family will enjoy excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s much beloved classic. New York City Ballet dancers perform excerpts from George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM. Family activities and festive holiday treats follow the performance in the museum’s rotunda. Tickets to this benefit are sold exclusively through the Membership Department. Please contact 212/423.3535.

August 16, 2004

Jennifer Russo
Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: 212/423.3840

Manuel Rodríguez
Associate Producer
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Telephone: 212/758.0024

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