Works and Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2007 Spring Season

Works and Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2007 Spring Season


(New York, NY – December 13, 2006) The 2007 spring season features a diverse array of dance, music, opera, moving image, and scientific and current affairs lectures. Highlights include three programs exploring the relationship between the moving image and the performing arts, works by Bill Viola for the opera Tristan und Isolde, and collaborations between Isaac Julien and choreographer Russell Malphant and David Michalek with dancer Wendy Whelan. Opera offerings include a world premiere of Romulus by Louis Karchin and an American premiere of Castor et Pollux, a French baroque chamber opera by Jane-Philippe Rameau. In dance, the Cincinnati Ballet with choreographer Luca Veggetti makes its New York premiere, Seán Curran performs excerpts of a new work, and dance company Pilobolus and Israeli choreographer Inbal Pinto collaborate on a new piece. Lord Patten, the former Governor of Hong Kong and current Chancellor of Oxford University will lecture on whether China’s ascent is unstoppable and from Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, Professor Freeman Dyson lectures on how we could have gone to Mars.

In Works & Process’s ongoing relationship with American Ballet Theatre, the restaging of The Sleeping Beauty is discussed by Gelsey Kirkland and Kevin McKenzie and Lar Lubovitch participates in A Shakepeare Festival where excerpts from The Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Othello are performed.

These programs continue the Works & Process tradition of presenting unique programs that combine performance, lively discussion, and behind-the-scenes access to some of today’s leading performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors. Each program is followed by a reception with 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 to offer audiences behind-the-scenes access to some of the world’s most exciting performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors. In over three hundred productions and now in its twenty-third season, Works & Process at the Guggenheim continues to collaborate with leading cultural institutions.

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, $20 for Guggenheim members and senior citizens, and $15 for students. 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 2007 Spring Season:

The Other Here
Sunday, January 21, 7:30 pm
Monday, January 22, 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm
The award-winning Big Dance Theater weaves us through a day of global freefall against the backdrop of the bittersweet fiction of Ibuse Masuji. Punctuated by Okinawan pop music, remixes of ancient dances, and real-life inspirational speeches. Choreographed by Annie-B Parson and co-directed by Paul Lazar. Made in part at Jacob’s Pillow, now celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season; Ella Baff, Executive Director, moderates a discussion. Commissioned and co-produced by the Japan Society.

American Ballet Theatre—A Shakespeare Festival
Sunday and Monday, January 28 and 29, 7:30 pm
World-renowned ABT dancers perform excerpts from ballets inspired by three of Shakespeare’s most memorable works—Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Choreographer Lar Lubovitch and other distinguished guests discuss the process of transforming a work from the page to the ballet stage.

The Ice Project by Isaac Julien
Sunday and Monday, February 4 and 5, 7:30 pm
Using films and dramatic visual interplay, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien and choreographer Russell Maliphant create a stunningly original work of visual theater. Excerpts of Julien’s trilogy of film installations including True North, Fantôme Créole, and Small Boats and film clips of Maliphant’s choreography are starting points for an evocative evening. RoseLee Goldberg, Founding Director of PERFORMA, discusses the work. Presented in collaboration with PERFORMA.

Blind Lemon Blues
Sunday and Monday, February 11 and 12, 7:30 pm
This new musical by Alan Govenar and Akin Babatunde pays homage to the influence of Blind Lemon Jefferson—the best selling country blues singer in America in the mid-1920s. Lemon’s lyrics are set to new arrangements of blues, gospel, soul, doo-wop, and rap. Babatunde leads a cast of seven multi-talented performers who sing, dance, and bring to life one of America’s great musical legends.

Seán Curran—New Choreography
Sunday and Monday, February 25 and 26, 7:30 pm
Known for his wit, intelligence, and uncanny physical humor, Seán Curran blends a myriad of influences into a purely original style. Company dancers release their renowned athleticism in excerpts of The Nothing That Is Not There and The Nothing That Is, and preview excerpts of Force of Circumstance with cellist and composer Chris Lancaster. Seán performs his solo work St. Petersburg Waltz accompanied by the Amelia Piano Trio.

How We Might Have Gone to Mars in 1965
Sunday and Monday, March 4 and 5, 7:30 pm
Freeman Dyson, a Professor at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, contributed to the unification of three versions of quantum electrodynamics. Dyson illustrates a conversation about Project Orion—a plan to build a large manned spaceship for interplanetary exploration with the intention to land on Mars—with original photographs of the people, experiments, and documents.

La donna del lago—New Visions
Monday, March 12, 7:30 pm
A new production of Rossini’s elegant adaptation of Sir Walter Scott’s great narrative poem, this dramatic and picturesque opera captures the age-old conflict between love and duty with luminous beauty. New York City Opera cast members perform excerpts prior to the New York premiere.

Luca Veggetti & the Cincinnati Ballet
Sunday and Monday, March 25 and 26, 7:30 pm
In this New York premiere, Cincinnati Ballet dancers and three musicians sharing a bare stage sculpted by light perform On the Edge of Silence, Traces, and Night Sounds. A dialogue emerges between two seemingly incompatible traditions—one east, one west—choreographed by Luca Veggetti and set to the music of Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. Alexandra Munroe, Guggenheim Senior Curator of Asian Art, moderates a discussion with the choreographer and Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Ballet.

American Ballet Theatre—The Sleeping Beauty
Sunday and Monday, April 15 and 16, 7:30 pm
ABT dancers perform excerpts of the new The Sleeping Beauty prior to its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House. ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie and former ABT ballerina Gelsey Kirkland discuss restaging the ballet, and present glimpses of the ballet’s exquisite set designs by Tony Walton and costumes by Willa Kim.

Slow Dancing
Sunday and Monday, April 22 and 23, 7:30 pm
Wendy Whalen and other dancers perform and their dances are recorded in high-speed, high definition cameras at 1,000 frames per second. The result: hyper-slow motion portraits by artist David Michalek. This powerful combination of cutting-edge imaging technology and dance will give you a glimpse into something you’ve never seen before. Director of Lincoln Center Festival, Nigel Redden, moderates a discussion about the process with Slow Dancing director David Michalek and Lourdes López. Wendy Whalen and other dancers perform and share their reactions.

Is China’s Ascent Unstoppable?
Sunday, April 29, 2007, 7:30 pm
Hear Lord Patten’s first-hand observations about the political landscape in China today. Chris Patten, one of Britain’s most respected political figures, is the Chancellor of Oxford University and the former Governor of Hong Kong who had the difficult task of overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997.

Tristan und Isolde
Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 pm
This production and powerful love story was originally performed at the Paris Opera featuring sets by artist Bill Viola. Gerard Mortier, Director of the Paris Opera, and artist Bill Viola discuss the creative process and present images and film clips prior to the Lincoln Center premiere.

Castor et Pollux
Thursday, May 17 and Saturday, May 19, 8 pm
Tickets $50 ($40 for Guggenheim Members, seniors, and students) available only through the Florence Gould Box Office: 212-355-6160 or
Bitter rivalry and death threaten the Greek wedding of Télaïre and Castor, but the fraternal bond between Castor and Pollux triumphs in this French Baroque opera masterpiece. Newly commissioned dance pieces are performed in this American premiere. Presented in collaboration with Opéra Français de New York and the French Institute Alliance Française and performed at Florence Gould Hall.

Sunday and Monday, May 20 & 21, 7:30 pm
Chaos ensues, reputations are at stake and a series of comic events unfold when a mysterious basket is deposited on the doorstep of the town's astronomer. Louis Karchin has composed a delightful one-act chamber opera based on the sparkling comedy by Alexander Dumas. American Opera Projects and The Washington Square Ensemble collaborate on this world premiere.

Pilobolus & Inbal Pinto
Monday, Jun 18, 7:30 pm
Star Israeli choreographers Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollack join forces with Pilobolus in exploring the limits of collaboration in the creation of a major new work. Pilobolus Artistic Director Robby Barnett, Pinto, and Pollack discuss this unique collective process and the new hybrid vocabulary that resulted. Excerpts from Pilobolus’ repertoire and the new collaborative work will be showcased just days before the world premiere at the American Dance Festival.

December 13, 2006

Leily Soleimani
Public Affairs
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Telephone: (212) 423-3840

Duke Dang
General Manager
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
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New York, NY 10022
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