Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2007 Fall Season

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2007 Fall Season

“Works & Process at the Guggenheim, a popular series devoted to shedding light on the creative process through performance and discussion.” – The New York Times 3/27/07

“Exceptional demonstration-and-discussion series.” – The New Yorker 6/11/07

Special Ballet Collaboration With Miller Theatre At Columbia University
3 World Premieres Of Specially Commissioned Ballets
By Alison Chase, Amanda Miller, And Luca Veggetti
Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company’s First New York Performance
Vanessa Performed By New York City Opera
Excerpts From Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning Opera
Visionary Stage Director/Artist Robert Wilson And Japanese Composer Jo Kondo
Collaborate On A New Commission and World Premiere
West Side Story At 50: Dr. Richard Kogan Explores The Mind And Music Of Leonard Bernstein
Boston Ballet With Jorma Elo And Mikko Nissinen
Batsheva Dance’s Ohad Naharin Reveals His Dance Language – GAGA
Paul Taylor Shares Stories And Company Dancers Perform

(New York, NY–August 3, 2007) Works & Process at the Guggenheim today announced the 2007 fall season. For over 23 years and in over 300 productions, Works & Process has been a pioneer in creating ground-breaking, carefully crafted programs which uniquely blend performance and discussion, providing unprecedented access to today’s leading performing artists, choreographers, composers, writers, and directors. Works & Process capitalizes on the rich talent only found in New York and only at Works & Process are these artists engaged in conversation and creation with performers and audiences. Often programs are sold-out and are filled with an interested and excited audience. Following each performance in the intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat theater at the Guggenheim Museum, a reception for the audience and artists takes place in the museum’s rotunda. Described by the New York Times as “a popular series devoted to shedding light on the creative process,” by the Village Voice as “revelatory,” and by the New Yorker as “exceptional,” Works & Process has become well respected by both artists and audiences alike, and for over 23 years has been produced by Mary Sharp Cronson.

Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation, The Christian Humann Foundation, The Evelyn Sharp Foundation, The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

Following is a schedule of programs for the Works & Process at the Guggenheim 2007 Fall Season:

Boston Ballet
Sunday and Monday, September 16 and 17, 7:30 pm

Never seen before in New York, excerpts from Helen Pickett’s Etesian and Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes, along with Lev Ivanov’s White Swan Pas de Deux, are performed by Boston Ballet dancers. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen joins Elo and Pickett in a discussion about these acclaimed ballets offering a window into the company’s innovative work. Director of Lincoln Center Festival Nigel Redden moderates the discussion.

"...[This is] a company in the very first rank. We are accustomed to Boston having one of the great symphonies of the world. The town has now gotten itself a ballet company that meets that standard." – Clive Barnes, Dance Magazine

New Ballet
Co-produced with Miller Theatre at Columbia University
Thursday, September 27, 7 pm
Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29, 8 pm
Sunday, September 30, 3 pm
Tickets $35 ($21 for Guggenheim Members) available only through the Miller Theatre Box Office beginning August 13. (212) 854-7799, 116th St. and Broadway

For the third year in a row, Works & Process and the Miller Theatre join forces to present three newly commissioned ballets by three extraordinary choreographers: Alison Chase (former artistic director of Pilobolus), Amanda Miller (founder of Pretty Ugly Dance Company), and Luca Veggetti (Italian dancer and choreographer). These world premiere performances pair some of the world's best dancers with the remarkable music of John Adams, Fred Frith and Paolo Aralla. The Sirius String Quartet, electric guitar player Nick Didkovsky, and cellist Michael Nicolas perform.

Dancers scheduled to appear:
Charles Askegard, Frances Chiaverini, Megan Fairchild, Robert Fairchild, Rebecca Jefferson, Megan LeCrone, Amanda Miller, Rachel Piskin, Abi Stafford, Daniel Ulbricht, and Andrew Veyette

John Adams: John’s Book of Alleged Dances
Fred Frith: Fell; Lelekovice (String Quartet #1: VII)
Paolo Aralla: Analogie: Quaderno 1

Press from prior Works & Process/Miller Theatre collaborations:

Best Night at the Ballet – New York Magazine - The Year’s Best: The Cultural Elite 2005 Issue

“Given the combination of dancers, choreographers, and live musicians, the evening was almost an embarrassment of riches.” – Joel Lobenthal in the New York Sun after 2006 collaboration

American Ballet Theatre—Season Preview

Sunday and Monday, October 7 and 8, 7:30 pm

Excerpts from the fall season will be previewed by principal and company dancers. ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie discusses the process behind developing the internationally revered company’s diverse repertory, the intricate journey involved in mounting major revivals, and the commissioning of exciting world premieres.

“The glory of dance speaks for itself when the curtain goes up on American Ballet Theatre… Today’s ABT is blessed with dancers you see once and never forget.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company—New Beginnings

Sunday and Monday, October 14 and 15, 7:30 pm

At 34, Christopher Wheeldon is one of the youngest and most sought after choreographers of classical/contemporary dance. This will be the first New York performance of Morphoses his new company and dancers will perform excerpts prior to the premiere season at City Center. Artistic Director Wheeldon and Executive Director Lourdes Lopez discuss the exhilarating and at times daunting process of starting a new company. Lynn Garafola moderates.

“Christopher Wheelon, one of the most sought after choreographers…has formed a company, a major event in the dance world.” – The New York Times

Paul Taylor Dance Company—In-depth

Friday–Sunday, November 9–11, 7:30 pm

For over 50 years, Paul Taylor has been one of the most sought-after choreographers by leading ballet and modern dance companies alike. His world-renowned Company has performed in more than 500 cities in 62 countries. Company dancers perform excerpts of early and new works. Paul Taylor participates in a panel discussion sharing rarely heard stories.

“One of the most exciting, innovative, and delightful dance companies in the entire world.”– The New York Times

Batsheva Dance—GAGA Revealed

Monday, November 12, 7:30 pm

Batsheva Dance Company’s Artistic Director and world-renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin presents the first detailed public presentation of GAGA—Naharin’s revolutionary movement language. Naharin works with Batsheva dancers to demonstrate this multitextured style of moving which has become an international myth in the dance world. Former New York Times Chief Dance Critic Anna Kisselgoff moderates a discussion in this rare demonstration prior to the company’s BAM engagement.

"...[Ohad Naharin's] movement is primal and raw, yet framed with a dreamy suppleness..." – Time Out New York

West Side Story at 50:
The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein
Sunday and Monday, September 30 and October 1, 7:30 pm

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the landmark musical West Side Story, Dr. Richard Kogan, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and concert pianist, presents a rich, multidimensional profile of the composer, conductor, and musical savant Leonard Bernstein. Kogan will explore and illuminate the connections between Bernstein’s psyche and his creative output with performances and discussions of Bernstein’s music.

"Music has probably saved my life as far as unreleased or repressed hostility goes. Because I can do things in a performance of music that if I did them on an ordinary street would land me in jail.” – Leonard Bernstein

Vanessa—New Visions

Monday, October 29, 7:30 pm

Marking the culmination of composer Samuel Barber’s illustrious career, this tense and tragic score won the Pulitzer Prize. Tortured by the memory of a long-lost love, Vanessa lives a lonely and shuttered existence with her mother and her young niece. New York City Opera cast members perform excerpts prior to its New York premiere.

“City Opera continues on its far from sluggish course.” – The New York Post

Jo Kondo & Robert Wilson

Sunday and Monday, November 18 and 19, 7:30 pm

Jo Kondo, one of Japan’s eminent composers, and visionary artist Robert Wilson collaborate in this Works & Process commission. Kondo will supervise the preparation of High Window, Beginning, Middle and End, Pendulums, Lotus Dam, and the American premiere of Four Short Poems of Louis Zukofsky. Music will accompany stagings developed at Watermill Center by Wilson, whom the New York Times describes as “a towering figure in the world of experimental theatre and an explorer in the uses of time and space onstage. World-renowned composer Charles Wuorinen moderates a discussion with Kondo and Wilson.

William Anderson, electric guitar
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Jesse Mills, violin
Mary Nessinger, mezzo soprano
Tara O’Connor, flute
Richard O’Neill, viola
William Purvis, conductor
Fred Sherry, cello
Alan Feinberg, piano
Gregory Zuber, percussion

Dada, Jazz and the Avant-Garde

Sunday and Monday, December 9 and 10, 7:30 pm

The vibrant musical world of Central Europe between the wars comes to life in this program created by pianist Sarah Rothenberg. Erwin Schulhoff’s Jazz Etudes, Paul Hindemith’s Trio for piano, viola and saxophone, Stefan Wolpe’s Dadaist For Anna Blume by Kurt Schwitters, and rarely heard works by Webern and Dessau are performed along with Kurt Weill’s Berlin Songs and Bartok’s Contrasts. Violinist Joel Smirnoff and soprano Lucy Shelton join Rothenberg among others, and Foto curator Matt Witkovsky moderates a discussion.

Presented in conjunction with the photography exhibition Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918–1945, on view October 12, 2007–January 13, 2008. Foto will be open prior to and following the performance.

“An overlooked era of bold experimentation comes into focus” -- The Washington Post

Holiday Concert

Sunday and Monday, December 16 and 17, 6 pm

Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. George Steel conducts Vox Vocal Ensemble and The Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble in what has become a beloved annual tradition.

FREE (no reservation required).

“Steel has an uncanny talent for programming and shaping performances that excite and inspire people of all ages and levels of musical familiarity.” – The New York Sun

Signature Theatre Company—IPHIGENIA 2.0
Sunday and Monday, September 23 and 24, 7:30 pm

Excerpts from Charles Mee’s radical reinvention of Euripides’ play are performed. Director Tina Landau, Founding Artistic Director James Houghton, and Mee discuss his yearlong partnership with Signature Theatre Company, and examine the play’s central themes—the costs of war, loss of innocence, and what happens when a great imperial power goes to war.

“One of the reasons to feel good about the New York Theatre, indeed one of the reasons to feel good about New York, is James Houghton’s Signature Theatre Company.” – The New York Post

Unless otherwise noted 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

Subway – 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street

Tickets (unless otherwise noted):

$25 General
$20 Guggenheim Members
$10 Students

Subscriptions go on sale August 13

Single tickets go on sale September 3

The public may call 212 423 3587, M–F, 1–5 pm to order tickets and for more information.

Duke Dang
General Manager
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Telephone: 212 758 0024

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

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