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Fall 2007 Works and Process schedule

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There's lots of dance on this year's schedule, incuding Boston Ballet, ABT, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company:


FALL 2007

Tickets are $25 ($20 for members, $10 for students), Supporting Associates, Patrons Circle members, and Friends of Works & Process free with reservations.

Boston Ballet

SUN and MON, SEPT 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. Lincoln Center Festival Director Nigel Redden moderates the discussion.

Signature Theatre Company—IPHIGENIA 2.0

SUN and MON, SEPT 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.

New Ballet


FRI and SAT, SEPT 28 and 29 @ 8 PM

SUN SEPT 30 @ 3 PM

Works & Process and the Miller Theatre join forces to present three newly commissioned ballets by three extraordinary choreographers: Alison Chase, Amanda Miller, and Luca Veggetti. 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.

Tickets $35 ($21 for Guggenheim Members) available only through the Miller Theatre Box Office beginning August 13. 212 854 7799, 116th St. and Broadway.

West Side Story at 50: The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein

SUN and MON, SEPT 30 and OCT 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 explores and illuminates the connections between Bernstein's psyche and his creative output with performances and discussions of Bernstein's music.

American Ballet Theatre—Season Preview

SUN and MON, OCT 7 and 8 @ 7:30 PM

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. Excerpts from the fall season are previewed by principal and company dancers.

Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company—New Beginnings

SUN and MON, OCT 14 and 15 @ 7:30 PM

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

Vanessa—New Visions

MON OCT 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.

Paul Taylor Dance Company—In-depth

FRI–SUN, NOV 9–11 @ 7:30 PM

For over 50 years, Paul Taylor has been one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world 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.

Batsheva Dance—GAGA Revealed

MON NOV 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 multi-textured 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.

Jo Kondo & Robert Wilson

SUN and MON, NOV 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 accompanies 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 the discussion.

Shen Wei Dance Arts

SUN and MON, DEC 2 and 3 @ 7:30 PM

For the first time, Shen Wei and his company will showcase the full trajectory of the RE- triptych, a series inspired by Shen Wei’s recent journeys to Tibet and Cambodia as well as his return to China’s Silk Road. Shen Wei’s personal process of renewal and rediscovery foregrounds the deeply personal, transcendent, and far-ranging vocabulary, some of which is revealed as a work-in-progress. Shen Wei and members of his company, Shen Wei Dance Arts, participate in a discussion moderated by Lincoln Center Festival Director Nigel Redden.

Dada, Jazz, and the Avant-Garde

SUN and MON, DEC 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. Foto curator Matt Witkovsky moderates a discussion. Presented in conjunction with 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.

Free Holiday Concert

SUN and MON, DEC 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.

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