Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2005 Fall Season

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2005 Fall Season


Featuring New Musical Commissions and World Premieres, Presented by American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Others

(NEW YORK, NY – July 25, 2005) This fall Works & Process at the Guggenheim, the pioneering series which explores the creative process through eclectic and interdisciplinary programs that mingle performance and discussion in an intimate setting, presents a diverse roster of music, dance, opera, and literary and theatrical events. The 2005 Fall season includes new musical commissions along with leading companies like the Paul Taylor Dance Company as well as the series with American Ballet Theatre and New York City Opera. 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-second season, Works & Process at the Guggenheim collaborates with some of New York’s leading cultural institutions, including American Ballet Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center Festival, Miller Theatre, New York City Ballet, and New York City Opera.

Past programs have included previews of major operatic and theatrical pieces, such as John Adams’s Nixon in China, Peter Brook’s Mahabharata, Robert Wilson’s Prometheus, and Charles Wuorinen’s The Great Procession. Poet Paul Auster, String Theorist Brian Greene, playwright Tony Kushner, writer Salman Rushdie, composer Stephen Sondheim, actor Patrick Stewart, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and Nobel Prize–winning poet, Derek Walcott, are just a few of the individuals 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 $24 for the general public and $18 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 at the Guggenheim 2005 Fall Season:
New Dances and Choreographers
Sunday and Monday, September 11 and 12, 8pm
In this two part program New York City Ballet principal Benjamin Millepied previews excerpts of his latest choreography performed by American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel and NYCB’s Jared Angle, Sébestian Marcovici, and Janie Taylor. Moving Theater combines dancers, actors, a male soprano, and a pianist together to explore tragic ecstasy, and annihilated love in without, a dance theater work based on the writings of Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine.

Danspace Project at the Guggenheim
Sunday and Monday, September 18 and 19, 8 pm
Several of Danspace’s current and innovative choreographers, Carrie Ahearn, Gina Gibney, and Yasuko Yokoshi show their latest works bringing downtown dance uptown. Choreographer Douglas Dunn and Danspace Project Executive Director Laurie Uprichard lead a discussion.

Ariane et Barbe-Bleue—New Visions
Monday, September 26, 8 pm
Part action-thriller, part romance, Ariane tells the haunting tale of the myth of Bluebeard from a woman’s point of view starring world renowned soprano Carol Vaness whom the Los Angeles Times calls “one of the leading American sopranos of her generation”. New York City Opera cast members perform excerpts of Paul Dukas’s opera.

Watching Ligeti Move – Three Ballets by Christopher Wheeldon
Wednesday, September 28, Friday, September 30, Saturday, October 1, 8 pm
One of the most sought-after young choreographers in the world, Christopher Wheeldon sets three of his most acclaimed ballets to the music of György Ligeti. Stars from the New York City and San Francisco Ballets perform Polyphonia, Morphoses, and Continuum together for the first time with live music by The Flux Quartet and pianists Cameron Grant and Michael McGraw. Presented at and in collaboration with the Miller Theatre, Columbia University.

Tickets ($35, $21 for Guggenheim Members) available only through the Miller Theatre Box Office: 212-854-7799, 116th and Broadway

Paul Muldoon: Words and Music
Sunday and Monday, October 2 & 3, 8pm
Broadway star Darius de Haas performs newly commissioned settings of Muldoon’s poetry by Broadway composers Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kirsten Childs, Stephen Flaherty, and Michael John LaChiusa. Hailed as “the most significant English-language poet born since World War II” by The Times Literary Supplement, Muldoon reads and discusses his work.

Paul Taylor - Celebrating 50 Years
Sunday and Monday, October 9 and 10, 8 pm
The New York Times calls the Paul Taylor Dance Company “one of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world.” The celebration of the Company and its extraordinary founder continues with danced selections and rarely seen archival footage as part of their 50th anniversary tour.

The Mines of Sulphur—New Visions
Monday, October 17, 8 pm
Reminiscent of suspense thrillers from Poe to Hitchcock, Richard Rodney Bennett’s gothic opera is set in a haunted manor where a macabre tale of greed and retribution hypnotically unfolds. New York City Opera singers perform excerpts. The creative team discusses the work.

On Memory and Music
Sunday and Monday, October 23 and 24, 8 pm
The award-winning Columbia University Professor Scott Small and Naumburg Piano Competition winner Gilles Vonstattel join forces to illustrate the complexities of how our brains process memories. Played excerpts will demonstrate how memories are stored in the brain, retrieved, and how these processes decline with age.

Sunday and Monday, October 30 and 31, 8 pm
Billy Zane, Elane Anaya and Gael García Bernal perform scenes from the play based on Frederico Fellini’s La Strada. The play was developed at the Actors Studio under the mentorship of Anthony Quinn and adapted by Gene Walsh. Director Aeysha Walsh discusses the process of turning the film into a play with the actors.

Sunday and Monday, November 13 and 14, 8pm
American Opera Projects cast members perform scenes from a new multi-media piece based on the critically acclaimed book-length poem Darkling by Anna Rabinowitz. This riveting adaptation by Michael Comlish blends original music with sound, movement, film and photographs to reclaim the past from the devastation of two World Wars and the Holocaust.

American Ballet Theatre & Seán Curran
Sunday and Monday, November 20 and 21, 8pm
The L.A Times hails “There is no fresher, more invigorating, new American dance now than the choreography of Seán Curran”. ABT dancers perform excerpts of Curran’s new choreography prior to its world premiere. Studio Company Artistic Director, John Meehan moderates a discussion.

Faces of Russia
Sunday and Monday, December 11 and 12, 8 pm
The world renowned Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble draws from a variety of sources ranging from medieval Russian village songs to the very latest in music by contemporary Russian composers. Wearing traditional costumes and performing on authentic instruments, the Ensemble performs a selection of these works to bring Russian culture – past and present – to life.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition RUSSIA! on view at the museum September 16, 2005 – January 11, 2006.

Holiday Concert
Friday and Saturday, December 16 & 17, 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 reservation required)

* * * * * * * Family Holiday Benefit: The Nutcracker
Monday, December 5, 5:30 pm
The entire family will enjoy excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s classic and much beloved George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. New York City Ballet dancers perform, and NYCB principal Tom Gold narrates the evening which features audience participation. Festive holiday treats in the museum’s rotunda follow the performance.

Tickets to this benefit are sold exclusively through the Membership Department. Please contact 212 423 3535.

July 25, 2005

Leily Soleimani
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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