Saturday, August 25, 2012


Season Highlights:

Pacific Northwest Ballet: New York Season Preview

New York City Ballet, featuring choreography by Justin Peck with music by Sufjan Stevens

American Ballet Theatre, featuring choreography by Alexei Ratmansky

The Metropolitan Opera: The Tempest, directed by Robert Lepage

Desire Caught by the Tail: A play by Pablo Picasso

Royal Danish Ballet: La Bayadère

The Rodin Project, featuring choreography by Russell Maliphant

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(NEW YORK, NY – August 13, 2012) — Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its 2012 fall season. Since 1984, the performing arts series has championed new works, offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers, and hosted receptions for the audiences and artists. Each intimate, 80-minute performance uniquely combines artistic creation and stimulating conversation and takes place in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed, 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. A reception for the audience and artists follows most programs. 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. Past performance highlights can be viewed at

Lead funding provided by The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation with additional support from The Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc. This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

2012 Fall Season Schedule

Pacific Northwest Ballet

New York Season Preview

Sun, Sept 9, 7:30 pm Mon, Sept 10, 3 and 7:30 pm

For 3 pm matinee, enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St; no reception

Pacific Northwest Ballet principals Maria Chapman, Carla Körbes, Seth Orza, and Lesley Rausch, and company dancers will perform excerpts from PNB’s upcoming City Center season and other works, including George Balanchine’s Apollo, Agon, The Four Temperaments, and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. Artistic Director Peter Boal will share his perspective on dancing, being coached in, and staging Apollo.

3 pm matinee performance (no reception): $25, $20 members

A live broadcast of this performance will be streamed on Sun, Sept 9, at

New York City Ballet

Choreography by Justin Peck with music by Sufjan Stevens

Sun and Mon, Sept 23 and 24, 7:30 pm

New York City Ballet principals Ashley Bouder, Joaquin De Luz, Robert Fairchild, Craig Hall, Teresa Reichlen, and Janie Taylor will perform excerpts from the October 5 world premiere of choreographer Justin Peck’s new work, featuring music by singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens. Commissioned by NYCB, corps de ballet member Peck will discuss his creative process, including his collaboration with Stevens on a new orchestration for the production.

American Ballet Theatre

Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky

Sun and Mon, Sept 30 and Oct 1, 7:30 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St

Heralded by the New York Times as the choreographer who “has arrived to revitalize ballet,” Alexei Ratmansky was named American Ballet Theatre’s Artist in Residence in 2009. Since then, he has created six works for the company, including ABT’s latest production of Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird. ABT’s renowned dancers will perform a survey of Ratmansky’s work, and Ratmansky will join members of ABT’s artistic team to discuss his career and creative process.

A live broadcast of this performance will be streamed on Sun, Sept 30, at

The Metropolitan Opera

The Tempest, directed by Robert Lepage

Mon, Oct 8, 7:30 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St

Met artists will perform excerpts from composer Thomas Adès’s modern opera The Tempest, directed by Robert Lepage, prior to its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera. Lepage, who has directed a wide range of Shakespearean works around the globe and recently staged Wagner’s four-part epic Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Met, will discuss his approach to the Bard’s “box full of magic tricks.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb will moderate the discussion.

A live broadcast of this performance will be streamed at

New Production

Desire Caught by the Tail: A play by Pablo Picasso

Sun and Mon, Oct 14 and 15, 7:30 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St

While in occupied Paris in mid-January 1941, Pablo Picasso put down the brush and took up the pen for four days to write Desire Caught by the Tail. This rarely seen Surrealist play on the hardships of World War II was first presented on March 19, 1944, as a reading featuring artists and friends. On the occasion of the Guggenheim’s Picasso Black and White exhibition, on view October 5, 2012–January 23, 2013, Works & Process, with the assistance of Angela Westwater, founding partner of Sperone Westwater, will bring together a cast of artists for two special performances directed by SITI Company’s Anne Bogart.

Columbia University Brain Month

Professor Charles Zuker: Food, Taste, and the Brain

Sat, Oct 20, 7:30 pm

Columbia University Professor Charles Zuker will present a lecture exploring how taste is detected by the tongue and decoded by the brain to create an internal representation of the outside world. Zucker will discuss how our sense of taste is a specialized chemosensory system that evaluates food and drink. Audience members are invited to view the Picasso Black and White exhibition following the lecture, until 10 pm.

Royal Danish Ballet

La Bayadère

Sun, Oct 21, 7:30 pm Mon, Oct 22, 3 and 7:30 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St

The Royal Danish Ballet celebrates the 135th anniversary of La Bayadère, long a treasure of Russian repertoire, with a new production by Artistic Director Nikolaj Hübbe, debuting this November in Copenhagen. Prior to the premiere, Hübbe will share his staging ideas, Royal Danish Ballet dancers will perform excerpts, and members of the creative team, including stage designer Richard Hudson, will discuss their creative process. This program is made possible with assistance from Arlene C. Cooper.

7:30 pm performances: $50, $45 members

3 pm matinee performance (no reception): $40, $35 members

A live broadcast of this performance will be streamed on Sun, Oct 21, at

Minnesota Opera


Sun and Mon, Nov 4 and 5, 7:30 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St

Works & Process will present the only New York preview of Douglas J. Cuomo’s opera Doubt, based on the Pulitzer and Tony Award–winning play by John Patrick Shanley. Excerpts will be performed and arts essayist Robert Marx will moderate a discussion with the creative team, including Cuomo, Shanley, and director Kevin Newbury, prior to the January 2013 world premiere at the Minnesota Opera.

A live broadcast of this performance will be streamed on Sun, Nov 4, at

The Rodin Project

Choreography by Russell Maliphant

Mon, Dec 3, 7:30 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St

For one night only and prior to its Joyce Theater premiere, choreographer Russell Maliphant will share insights, film extracts, and excerpts from The Rodin Project, a Sadler’s Wells/Russell Maliphant Production, his latest commission inspired by the works of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. For this project, Maliphant draws on the high-energy talents of extraordinary performers and a commissioned score by Russian composer Alexander Zekke to create a movement vocabulary influenced by popping, breaking, and contemporary dance, which he integrates with his own language of flow, form, and dynamics.

$50. Ticket package includes the Works & Process Dec 3 performance and a Joyce Theater Section B ticket to a performance of among the following dates: Wed, Dec 5, 7:30 pm; Thurs–Sat, Dec 6–8, 8 pm; Sun, Dec 9, 2 pm.

A live broadcast of this performance will be streamed at

New Visual Art Commission

Peter & The Wolf

Dec 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 2:30 and 4 pm

Enter via ramp at Fifth Ave and 88th St; no reception

Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s charming children’s classic, as George Manahan conducts the Juilliard Ensemble. Artist Will Cotton will bring the production to life with a newly commissioned installation, in which the familiar characters are set within a gingerbread chalet. Audience members are invited to view the artwork on stage following the program.

Rotunda Holiday Concert

Sun and Mon, Dec 16 and 17, 8 pm

In what has become a revered annual tradition, George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble’s performance of joyous holiday music in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda.

$10, $8 members. Advance tickets are required for entry, access is limited to only the rotunda floor, and capacity is restricted due to the Picasso Black and White exhibition. Doors will open at 7:50 pm.

Location: Peter B. Lewis Theater, unless otherwise noted

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: $35/$30 Members, unless otherwise noted

$10 Student Rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows

(for students under 25 with valid ID)

Season tickets on sale August 13

212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm, or visit

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