Works & Process at the Guggenheim Celebrates 25 Years with 2010 Spring Season




Paris Opera Ballet Dancers & Dr. Helen Fisher Explore Love

Philip Glass, Brian Greene, Al and Al, and David Henry Hwang Collaborate

Nacho Duato Celebrates 20 Years at Compañía Nacional de Danza

United States Premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Freude

Frederic Franklin Celebration—American Ballet Theatre

Hypermusic: Ascension Performance in Guggenheim Rotunda

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(New York, NY – January 8, 2010) – Celebrating 25 years, Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its spring 2010 season. In over 300 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing-arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works, offered audiences unprecedented access to our generation’s leading creators and performers, and hosted postshow receptions for the audiences and artists to continue the discussion. 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, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Leon Levy Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc.

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



Sun, Jan 10, 7 pm—Benefit Performance
Mon, Jan 11, 7:30 pm
Dance icon Frederic Franklin returns to open the spring 2010 Works & Process season with a special performance to benefit Works & Process on Sunday, January 10, with an additional performance on Monday, January 11. Franklin will share his thoughts on the second half of his career and the future of dance. Dancers from American Ballet Theatre will perform works that celebrate Franklin’s illustrious career. For benefit tickets, call 212 758 0024.

Sun, Jan 24, 7:30 pm
As an exciting experiment in learning by doing, Michael J. Sandel, the esteemed Harvard political philosopher, and Damian Woetzel, the world-renowned dancer turned director, explore the “art of teaching” in an intimate engagement with the audience. Experience that magical moment when spectators become participants, and see what art and democracy will say to one another.

Sun and Mon, Feb 7 and 8, 7:30 pm
Armitage Gone! Dance performs selections from Made in Naples, a new work by acclaimed choreographer Karole Armitage, who was inspired by the Neapolitan character of Pulcinella. Pulcinella is known for his ever-shifting nature—from bawdy to aristocratic, romantic to rebellious. Created for and commissioned by Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, the dance features sets inspired by Tiepolo’s drawings by Karen Kilimnik, and costumes based on the Commedia dell’Arte tradition by Alba Clemente.

Presented in conjunction with Napoli Teatro Festival Italia. Created for the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Made in Naples is produced by Napoli Teatro Festival Italia and coproduced by Armitage Gone! Dance.

On the Occasion of the Flamenco Festival

Wed, Feb 10, 9 pm
See sixty costumes including historic designs by Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí in this spectacular dance performance/runway exhibition in the Guggenheim’s rotunda. Choreographed by Carlos Chamorro and directed by Margaret Jova, the performance features costumed dancers from María Pagés and Company, Rocío Molina and Company, Manuel Liñan, and others from Flamenco Festival 2010.

Prior to the performance, at 8:30 pm, a special historical presentation by El País dance critic Roger Salas, the foremost Spanish dance and costume historian, will take place in the New Media Theater at the Guggenheim. The presentation is open to all Dressed to Dance ticket buyers.

Dressed to Dance is sponsored and made possible by the Regional Government of Madrid.

Additional support is provided by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

Sun and Mon, Feb 14 and 15, 7:30 pm
Two principal dancers from the internationally acclaimed Paris Opera Ballet will interpret various stages of love through dance, with discussion on lust, romantic love, and attachment by renowned anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher, author of Why We Love.

Presented with the American Friends of the Paris Opera & Ballet and in conjunction with the New York Academy of Sciences’ “The Science of Love and Whom We Choose—An Evening with Helen Fisher” on January 5, 2010.

Thu, Mar 11, 6:30 and 8:30 pm
Harvard physicist Lisa Randall, Spanish composer Hèctor Parra, and artist Matthew Ritchie collaborate on a new site-specific monodrama in the museum rotunda that inverts and renovates the genre of opera, with an experimental score suggesting the expanding reality of a fifth dimension.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Contemplating The Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum, on view February 12–April 28, 2010.

Sun and Mon, Apr 11 and 12, 7:30 pm
Ilya Kabakov, one of the most important Russian artists to emerge in the 20th century, has produced an impressive collaborative body of work with his wife, Emilia. Vertical Opera, one of their unrealized “Utopian Projects,” was specifically imagined for the Guggenheim’s rotunda space. The Kabakovs will discuss and present this project as a performance in the Peter B. Lewis Theater.

Sun, Apr 25, 3 pm and 7:30 pm
Celebrated composer Philip Glass, renowned physicist Brian Greene, art duo Al and Al, award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, and artistic director of London’s Southbank Centre Jude Kelly explore the creative process behind a brand-new performance inspired by Greene’s moving futuristic reimagining of the Icarus fable. In this version, Icarus travels not to the sun, but to a black hole, and in so doing poignantly dramatizes one of Einstein's greatest insights leading to deeper appreciation of the cosmos. A coproduction of the World Science Festival and the Southbank Centre, musical excerpts with accompanying visuals and narration will be performed prior to the world premiere on June 2, 2010, at Lincoln Center.
The 3 pm performance will not be followed by a reception, and entrance will be through the 88th Street ramp.

Sun and Mon, May 2 and 3, 7:30 pm
Visionary 20th-century German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Oberlippentanz (Upper Lip Dance) from Licht (Light), and the American premiere of Freude (Joy) from his final and unfinished work Klang (Sound) will be performed, illuminating Stockhausen’s groundbreaking compositions. Musicians include Matthew Harding (member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band) on trumpet, and harpists Bridget Kibbey and June Han.

Sun and Mon, May 9 and 10, 7:30 pm
American Ballet Theatre will preview excerpts from their 70th anniversary Metropolitan Opera House season, featuring works by the ballet’s master choreographers. Company dancers will perform season excerpts interspersed with conversations with ABT’s artistic team.

Fri and Sat, May 14 and 15, 7:30 pm
Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers and dance historian Doug Fullington demonstrate the influence of Marius Petipa and his colleagues at the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg on the choreography of George Balanchine. Dances sharing related structure and movement vocabulary by each choreographer will be performed and discussed.

Mon and Tue, May 17 and 18, 7:30 pm
Hailed internationally as a major innovator in contemporary ballet, Nacho Duato is celebrating his 20th anniversary as the artistic director of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza. For the company's only visit to New York during the anniversary tour, dancers perform excerpts of Duato’s work, which synthesizes classical and modern dance with a distinctly Spanish flair and passion. Following the performance, Duato will participate in a discussion moderated by Juan Ignacio Vidarte, Director General of the Guggenheim Bilbao and Chief Officer for Global Strategies of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

Sun and Mon, May 23 and 24, 7:30 pm
Showcasing New York City Ballet's commitment to new music, music director Fayçal Karoui joins composer Thierry Escaich and choreographer Benjamin Millepied to discuss their collaboration, and will show excerpts of new choreography set to Escaich’s score.

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
                   212 423 3587, M–F, 1–5 pm or visit

January 8, 2010

Lauren Van Natten
Senior Publicist
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
212 423 3840

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

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