Works & Process at the Guggenheim Celebrates 25 Years with Fall 2009 Season

alt

WORKS & PROCESS AT THE GUGGENHEIM CELEBRATES 25 YEARS WITH FALL 2009 SEASON


Highlights:

Isaac Mizrahi Narrates Peter & The Wolf

Isabella Rossellini in Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Levels of Nothingness Inspired by Kandinsky’s Yellow Sound

Kandinsky In Performance: Blue Rider Almanac with Karole Armitage, Brentano String Quartet, and Sarah Rothenberg

Larry Keigwin and Peter Quanz Choreograph Steve Reich’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize–Winning Double Sextet

American Ballet Theatre Adapts to Avery Fisher Hall

Shen Wei Dance Arts Celebrates 10 Years

Elliott Carter World Premiere with Fred Sherry and Rolfe Schulte

Download a PDF of this press release.

(New York, NY – August 21, 2009) – Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, celebrates 25 years this season along with the 50th anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum, and is pleased to announce its fall 2009 schedule. In over 300 productions, Works & Process has championed new works, offered audiences unprecedented access to our generation’s leading creators and performers, and hosted post-show receptions for the audiences and artists. Each 80-minute performance uniquely combines artistic creation and stimulating conversation and takes place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright–designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Described by the New York Times as “a popular series devoted to shedding light on the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson and consulting producer Charles Fabius.

Lead funding provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation with additional support from The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, The Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


2009 FALL SEASON SCHEDULE


KANDINSKY IN PERFORMANCE:

In conjunction with the full-scale retrospective of Vasily Kandinsky, on view at the Guggenheim from September 18, 2009–January 13, 2010, two programs explore Kandinsky’s aesthetic through the performing arts.


RAFAEL LOZANO-HEMMER—LEVELS OF NOTHINGNESS

New Commission
Thu, Sat–Mon, Sep 17 and 19–21, 7:30 pm
Inspired by Kandinsky’s The Yellow Sound, Mexican-born Rafael Lozano-Hemmer creates an installation where colors are automatically derived from the human voice, generating an interactive light performance. Isabella Rossellini will read seminal philosophical texts on skepticism, color, and perception, while her voice is analyzed by computers that control a full rig of rock-and-roll concert lighting. Audience members will have the opportunity to test the color-generating microphone.

Levels of Nothingness is made possible by Deutsche Bank and Colección/Fundación Jumex.
Additional support is provided by the German Consulate General New York.


THE BLUE RIDER IN PERFORMANCE

New Dance Commission
Wed and Fri, Sep 23 and 25, 8 pm
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway
Tickets: $35 ($21 for Guggenheim Members) available only at the Miller Theatre Box Office 212 854 7799 or millertheatre.com.
Kandinsky’s seminal Blue Rider Almanac of 1912 brought together art, music, and writing from avant-garde movements across Europe, capturing a short-lived moment of international experimentalism that was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War I. Drawing upon Blue Rider, this production explores the dynamic interaction of music, light, and visual imagery rooted in Kandinsky’s connections to artists in Russia and Germany. Pianist Sarah Rothenberg and soprano Susan Narucki perform music from the era, with light projections. The Brentano String Quartet will perform Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Second String Quartet, a movement of which will be brought to life by Armitage Gone! Dance. The Blue Rider In Performance is conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg.

With assistance from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.


DANCE:


STEVE REICH INTERPRETED
NEW CHOREOGRAPHY BY LARRY KEIGWIN AND PETER QUANZ

New Dance Commission
Fri, Sep 11, 7:30 pm and Sat, Sep 12, noon, 2 pm, and 7:30 pm
Choreographers Larry Keigwin and Peter Quanz each create a new work set to 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning Double Sextet by Steve Reich. Dancers from Keigwin+Company and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet perform. Steve Reich will participate in the discussion on the evening of September 12.

With assistance from the Cooper Family Foundation/Arlene C. Cooper.


KANDINSKY IN PERFORMANCE
THE BLUE RIDER IN PERFORMANCE

New Dance Commission
Wed and Fri, Sep 23 and 25, 8pm
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway
Tickets: $35 ($21 for Guggenheim Members) available only at the Miller Theatre Box Office 212 854 7799 or millertheatre.com.
Kandinsky’s seminal Blue Rider Almanac of 1912 brought together art, music, and writing from avant-garde movements across Europe, capturing a short-lived moment of international experimentalism that was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War I. Drawing upon Blue Rider, this production explores the dynamic interaction of music, light, and visual imagery rooted in Kandinsky’s connections to artists in Russia and Germany. Pianist Sarah Rothenberg and soprano Susan Narucki perform music from the era, with light projections. The Brentano String Quartet will perform Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Second String Quartet, a movement of which will be brought to life by Armitage Gone! Dance. The Blue Rider In Performance is conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg.

With assistance from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.


AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE—THE ART OF ADAPTATION

Sun and Mon, Oct 11 and 12, 7:30 pm
ABT dancers will perform excerpts to illustrate the challenges of creating and presenting ballet for nontraditional dance spaces. Discussions will highlight ABT’s first ever performances on the stage of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and ABT ballet masters and mistresses will talk about the role they play in helping choreographers and dancers adapt to different spaces.


SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS AT 10

Sat and Sun, Oct. 24 and 25, 7:30 pm
Last summer the world watched as Shen Wei’s modern dance took center stage at the 2008 Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Beijing. This fall the New York–based company launches its 10th anniversary season and returns to Works & Process to explore Shen Wei’s creative process through performance and discussion.

Presented in conjunction with Carnegie Hall’s festival Ancient Paths, Modern Voices.


MUSIC:


KANDINSKY IN PERFORMANCE
THE BLUE RIDER IN PERFORMANCE

New Dance Commission
Wed and Fri, Sep 23 and 25, 8 pm
Miller Theatre, Columbia University, 116th and Broadway
Tickets: $35 ($21 for Guggenheim Members) available only at the Miller Theatre Box Office 212 854 7799 or millertheatre.com.
Kandinsky’s seminal Blue Rider Almanac of 1912 brought together art, music, and writing from avant-garde movements across Europe, capturing a short-lived moment of international experimentalism that was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War I. Drawing upon Blue Rider, this production explores the dynamic interaction of music, light, and visual imagery rooted in Kandinsky’s connections to artists in Russia and Germany. Pianist Sarah Rothenberg and soprano Susan Narucki perform music from the era, with light projections. The Brentano String Quartet will perform Schoenberg’s groundbreaking Second String Quartet, a movement of which will be brought to life by Armitage Gone! Dance. The Blue Rider In Performance is conceived and directed by Sarah Rothenberg.

With assistance from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation.


CELEBRATING VIRTUOSITY—ELLIOTT CARTER & CHARLES WUORINEN

World Premiere
Mon, Oct 5, 7:30 pm
Rolf Schulte and Fred Sherry perform the world premiere of Elliott Carter’s Duettone. Sherry performs the New York premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Cello Variations III, and Schulte performs “Rhapsodic Musings” and “Fantasy” from Carter’s 4 Lauds. Join the duo as they present their legendary interpretation of Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.


STRESS - SEX - MUSIC

Sun and Mon, Dec 6 and 7, 7:30 pm
What do stress, sex, music, and relaxation have in common? Join New York University Professor Max J. Hilz, MD, an international expert on the autonomic nervous system, as he answers this question. During his provocative presentation Hilz will provide a holistic concept of how to cope with the effects of stress while concurrently showing how to regain vitality, sexuality, stamina, joy of life, and longevity.


PETER & THE WOLF

Thu–Mon, Dec 10–14, 4 and 5:30 pm
Tickets: General $35/Member $30
Isaac Mizrahi narrates Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s classic. New York City Opera’s George Manahan conducts the New Juilliard Ensemble. Explore a newly commissioned set installation created by the renowned New Orleans–based art collective YA/YA (Young Aspirations/Young Artists), under the artistic direction of Rondell Crier and Rontherin Ratliff. Lighting design by Jennifer Tipton brings this story to life.


FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT (Rotunda Performance)

Sun and Mon, Dec 20 and 21, 6 pm
Celebrate the season with the joyous sound of holiday music in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. The program includes the highly acclaimed Works & Processcommissioned work by Nico Muhly, Senex Puerum Portabat. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble and the Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition.


THEATER:


ARIANA REINES

Sun and Mon, Nov 15 and 16, 7:30 pm
Critically acclaimed young poet Ariana Reines will present a new theatrical work, Miss St.’s Hieroglyphic Suffering, starring Birgit Huppuch and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll. Reines’s first play, Telephone, commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theatre, was hailed as “inspired and utterly original” by Ben Brantley in the New York Times and won both Huppuch and Schmoll Obie Awards in 2009.


LOCATION: The Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street Subway – 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street Bus – M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue
TICKETS: $30/$25 Guggenheim Members/$10 Students (unless otherwise noted)
Subscriptions on sale August 10
Single tickets on sale September 4
212 423 3587, M–F, 1–5 pm or visit worksandprocess.org

#1128
August 21, 2009

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lauren Van Natten, Senior Publicist
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840 or pressoffice@guggenheim.org

Duke Dang, General Manager
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
212 758 0024 or ddang@worksandprocess.org

For publicity images visit www.guggenheim.org/new-york/press-room/images
User ID: photoservice
Password: presspass

contact us

Have a media inquiry? Contact us for more information.

Press images

Press Images

Download high resolution, press-approved images.