Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2006 Fall Season

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(New York, NY—July 24, 2006) On September 13th at 7pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim kicks off its 2006 fall season with “New Ballet Choreographers,” a full evening of commissioned dance performances presented at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University. This collaborative commission continues Works & Process’s tradition of presenting unique programs that combine performance, discussion, and behind-the-scenes access to some of today’s leading performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors.

The 2006 fall season features a diverse array of dance, music, opera, and poetry. Highlights include contemporary jazz musician John Zorn in homage to Jackson Pollock, whose exhibition No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper can be seen at the Guggenheim through September 29; Mexico’s Ballet de Monterrey; Paul Taylor Dance Company; Dance Theatre of Harlem; Spanish piano virtuoso Pedro Carboné; Czech singing sensation, Iva Bittová; and award-wining poet James Tate. Each program will include lively discussions among the artistic collaborators followed by a reception with the artists in the museum’s spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.

Now in its twenty-third season, Works & Process at the Guggenheim is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. 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 artists who have taken part.

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 $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 2006 Fall Season:

New Ballet Choreographers

Wednesday, September 13, 7 pm

Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16, 8pm, Miller Theatre

Works & Process and Miller Theatre have commissioned new ballets by three young and talented dancers and choreographers—Tom Gold, Edwaard Liang, and Brian Reeder. The Masada String Trio, Chiara String Quartet, and pianist Marilyn Nonken play for an exceptional cast including New York City Ballet’s Wendy Whelan and dancers from the American Ballet Theatre Studio Company. A full evening of dance presented at and in collaboration with Miller Theatre at Columbia University.

Tickets $35 ($21 for Guggenheim Members) available only through the Miller Theatre Box Office beginning August 14: (212) 854-7799, 116th St and Broadway.

In re Jackson

Sunday and Monday, September 24 and 25, 7:30 pm

In homage to Jackson Pollock, downtown legend and experimental composer John Zorn leads an explosive cast of musicians in Cobra. One of Zorn’s signature “game pieces”, this contemporary happening has been described as “a little chunk of chaos…which builds into a whirl of clashing notes, chords, drones, and rhythms.” George Steel, Executive Director of the Miller Theatre, moderates a discussion.

Presented in conjunction with No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock Paintings on Paper, on view at the museum through September 29.

El Ballet de Monterrey

Sunday, October 22, 7:30 pm

Mexico’s Ballet de Monterrey melds Mexican-Latin musical culture with classical ballet, creating a vibrant and colorful blend of tradition and virtuosity. Dancers perform excerpts highlighting both technique and artistry. Contemporary artist Tony Bechara moderates a discussion with the company’s director, Robert Hill and founder, Yolanda Santos-Garza.

Paul Taylor—A Closer Look

Sunday and Monday, October 29 and 30, 7:30 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." Dancers perform previews of new and old works prior to their season at New York City Center. Mr. Taylor participates in a discussion of his work and legendary career.

James Tate—Words & Music

Sunday and Monday, November 5 and 6, 7:30 pm

The award-winning poet reads and discusses his work with Sarah Rothenberg. Works & Process has commissioned new musical settings of Tate’s poetry by five contemporary composers—Eve Beglarian, George Flynn, Fred Ho, Arthur Kreiger, and Charles Wuorinen. The Group for Contemporary Music performs.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

Sunday and Monday, November 12 and 13, 7:30 pm

Over 35 years ago, Dance Theatre of Harlem made its debut at the Guggenheim Museum. Since then, the organization has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences around the world. This evening provides a fascinating look at DTH and its director, Arthur Mitchell. DTH dancers perform excerpts of new works choreographed by former ballerina Endalyn Taylor, DTH’s resident choreographer Robert Garland, and ballet master Keith Saunders. Arthur Mitchell participates in a panel discussion with the choreographers.

American Ballet Theatre—From the School to the Stage

Sunday and Monday, November 19 and 20, 7:30 pm

ABT Studio Company and students from the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School perform excerpts of a new work and repertory pieces. Principal of JKO, Franco De Vita, and Artistic Director of ABT Studio Company, Kirk Peterson lead a discussion exploring a dancer’s journey from young student to professional.

Beyond Flamenco: Finding Spain in Music

This two-concert series explores how Spain’s vibrant music and painting reflect a broad range of European influences.

Presented in conjunction with El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History, on view November 17, 2006–April 25, 2007.


Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 pm

Leading Spanish piano virtuoso Pedro Carboné performs selections of Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia, providing a rare opportunity to experience the pinnacle of Spanish keyboard music. Preeminent Spanish novelist Antonio Muñoz Molina discusses the work.

Finding Spain in Music

Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 pm

Spain reveals itself as a country with a vibrantly rich musical tradition. Angel Gil-Ordóñez conducts the Post-Classical Ensemble in Manuel de Falla's Piano Concerto and a choir in selections by Tomás Luis de Victoria. Pedro Carboné performs solo piano music by Vincente Martín y Soler. Music historian Joseph Horowitz and novelist Antonio Muñoz Molina discuss the work.

Presented in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes in New York.

Don Juan in Prague: An Insider’s Look

Sunday and Monday, December 3 and 4, 7:30 pm

Award-winning director David Chambers and electronic composer Matthew Suttor radically reinterpret Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the 21st century using digital media and film and video stills from influential Czech photographers. Czech singing sensation Iva Bittová stars as Donna Elvira. The Agon Orchestra of Prague’s string quartet plays live excerpts prior to the premiere at BAM.

Family Holiday Benefit: The Nutcracker

Monday, December 11, 6 pm

The entire family will enjoy excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s classic and much beloved work. Dancers from New York City Ballet perform excerpts of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, and NYCB’s Tom Gold hosts this special evening. A reception with dancing and festive holiday treats in the museum’s rotunda follows the performance.

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

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. Conductor George Steel leads the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble and the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become a delightful annual tradition that features holiday favorites alongside little-known gems.

FREE (no reservation required).

July 24, 2006

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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