Works & Process Announces Winter/Spring 2005 Season



Program ranges from Balanchine's dance legacy to the premiere of a new opera by American composer Jonathan Dawe

January 3, 2005—This winter/spring season of Works & Process at the Guggenheim continues to explore 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 Spring 2005 Season presents leading companies, composers, and performers, including the New York City Opera, Miami City Ballet, Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Milton Babbitt and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade. 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. For over twenty years, 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 and Peter Brook's Mahabharata. Actor Patrick Stewart, choreographer Twyla Tharp, composer Stephen Sondheim, playwright Tony Kushner, physicist 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 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 Winter/Spring 2005 Season:
American Ballet Theatre & The Art of Partnering
Sunday and Monday, January 16 and 17, 8 pm
The highlight of the classical ballet is the pas de deux requiring superb technique and partnering ability. Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie discusses what it takes to develop a strong partnership. ABT dancers demonstrate the art of partnering.

Balanchine Continued…at Miami City Ballet
Sunday and Monday, January 23 and 24, 8 pm
As a New York City Ballet principal, Edward Villella inspired George Balanchine to create some of his greatest roles for men. As a founder of Miami City Ballet, Villella created a company recognized for extending the Balanchine legacy. Principal dancers perform excerpts. Villella discuses the influences of Balanchine with noted dance critic and writer Robert Gottlieb.

Sunday and Monday, February 6 and 7, 8 pm
Celebrated countertenor Derek Lee Ragin sings the lead in this dramatic tale of the ancient god who brings fire to mankind. The Cygnus Ensemble performs the world-premiere of this fully-staged chamber opera and ballet by composer Jonathan Dawe. The New York Baroque Dance Company performs a striking mix of 18th century and modern techniques through innovative choreography by Catherine Turocy. Directed by Experience Bryon.

Candide – New Visions
Monday, February 21, 8 pm
The New York Times calls this work “A 14-karat triumph! A winner!” Based on Voltaire's satire, Candide is an opera of fast-paced drama, irreverent wit, and magnificent music. New York City Opera cast members perform excerpts, and the creative team discusses the production with WQXR announcer Nimet Habachy.

American Ballet Theatre & Michel Fokine
Sunday and Monday, February 27 and 28, 8 pm
Michel Fokine was one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century and one of the founding choreographers of ABT. Join Frederic Franklin and ABT dancers as they recreate some of Fokine's most enduring works: Les Sylphides, Le Spectre de la Rose, Petrouchka, and Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor).

Orlando – New Visions
Monday, March 7, 8 pm
New York City Opera singers perform excerpts from Handel's popular opera. The New York Times describes this production as “enchanting, at once contemporary, fanciful, and true to the spirit of the work.” WQXR announcer Nimet Habachy discusses aspects of the production with members of the creative team.

Balanchine Continued…at North Carolina Dance Theatre
Sunday and Monday, March 13 and 14, 8 pm
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride explore the lasting influence of George Balanchine and discuss their roles as partners on stage while at New York City Ballet, and as artistic directors of North Carolina Dance Theatre. NCDT dancers perform excerpts of Balanchine's Agon, Alonzo King's Map, and one of Bonnefoux's own works.

Daniel Buren: Couleurs Superposées: Acte VII, 60 minutes
Friday, March 25, 8 pm
Daniel Buren premieres this New York performance in which his signature colored stripes come alive on stage. Colors overlap, harmonize, appear, and disappear at the artist's direction. Subsequently, the performers tear the papers off, revealing odd shapes and lacerated bits of the forgotten colors underneath. Art historian RoseLee Goldberg provides introduction and commentary.

The Pearl Fishers – New Visions
Monday, March 28, 8 pm
Composer George Bizet's genius for blending colorful situations with robust, romantic drama is realized in this exotic tale about reunited lovers. New York City Opera singers perform excerpts. WQXR announcer Nimet Habachy leads a discussion with members of the creative team.

American Ballet Theatre & Sylvia
Sunday and Monday, April 3 and 4, 8 pm
ABT dancers perform excerpts from this newly revised ballet prior to its U.S. premiere. Choreographed by Frederick Ashton and last seen in 1965, the ballet has been carefully restored by former Royal Ballet dancer and ballet master Christopher Newton using notation, personal memories, filmed records, and original designs.

Charles Wuorinen in Song & Dance
Sunday and Monday, April 17 & 18, 8 pm
Award-winning composer Charles Wuorinen conducts baritone Leon Williams and some of New York's best instrumentalists in the world premiere of Ashberyana, a major new setting of works from the great American poet John Ashbery. The program also includes Storage, a new quintet inspired by and set to the composer's ominous and commanding score Five, choreographed by Pam Tanowitz and performed by Pam Tanowitz Dance.

Is Evolution Predictable?
Sunday, April 24, 2005, 8 pm
Is evolution more predictable than some fashionable contemporary orthodoxy suggests? Professor Richard Dawkins, Honorary Fellow of Balliol College at Oxford University, is an internationally known evolutionary biologist and author, known for his ground-breaking and sometimes controversial work. He discusses his most recent book, The Ancestor's Tale. Loosely based on the form of Chaucer's Cantebury Tales, Dawkins' stories take you on a pilgrimage to the dawn of evolution.

Songs for the Poets
Monday, May 2, 7:30 pm
Composers David Garner, Gordon Getty, and Jake Heggie are uniquely gifted in creating and setting vocal music. Zheng Cao, Lisa Delan, Matt Haimovitz, Kristin Pankonin, Eugenia Zuckerman, and special guest star Fredericavon Stade perform some of their works drawn from a rich array of sources, including Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, classical music, and jazz. The composers lead a discussion.

Balanchine Continued . . . at Pacific Northwest Ballet
Sunday & Monday, May 8 & 9, 8 pm
Since 1977, Artistic Directors Francia Russell and Kent Stowell have worked to pass George Balanchine's style onto the Pacific Northwest Ballet. Principal Patricia Barker leads a cast of dancers performing seminal Balanchine works along with Stowell's choreography which is rich in the tradition of the master choreographer.

Celebrating Milton Babbitt
Monday, May 23, 8 pm
This concert celebrates the extraordinary music of 89-year-old, Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Milton Babbitt. Lucy Shelton, Thomas Meglioranza, Alan Feinberg, and six vocal soloists under the direction of Fred Sherry perform. The program includes Babbitt's Elizabethan Sextet and Two Sonnets, plus works by Stravinsky and Schoenberg.

January 2, 2005

Betsy Ennis
Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: (212) 423-3840

Manuel R. Rodríguez
Associate Producer
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Telephone: (212) 758-0024

To Order Single Event Tickets
Call the Box Office at (212) 423-3587, Monday–Friday, 1–5 pm. There is a $2 per ticket handling fee for all non-subscription orders. Single event tickets are not on sale until one month prior to the event. Single event orders will be filled after subscription orders.

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The Box Office opens one hour prior to each performance. Tickets may be purchased at the door as space allows. The Box Office closes twenty minutes after the event begins; we regret that late arrivals cannot be admitted after this time.


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