Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum to Present 3 World Premieres

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum will present, in collaboration with Columbia University's Miller Theatre three world premieres of ballets during its upcoming fall season. The specially commissioned dances are by Alison Chase (a former artistic director of Pilobolus), Amanda Miller (founder of Pretty Ugly Dance Company) and Luca Veggetti (Italian dancer and choreographer).

Set to John Adams's John's Book of Alleged Dances, Fred Frith's Fell and Lelekovice (String Quartet #1: VII), and Paolo Aralla's ANALOGIE (in a new version for amplified cello and tape), the ballets will feature live music performed by the Sirius String Quartet, cellist Michael Nicolas and electric guitar player Nick Didkovsky.

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

The program, presented September 27-30, marks the third consecutive year the Guggenheim and Miller Theatre have teamed up.

Also in September, dancers of the Boston Ballet perform Helen Pickett's Etesian (excerpts), Jorma Elo's Brake the Eyes and Lev Ivanov's White Swan Pas de Deux from the 1895 version of Swan Lake; and psychiatrist and pianist Richard Kogan investigates Leonard Bernstein's psyche through discussions and performances to honor the 50th anniversary of West Side Story.

Other fall 2007 highlights at the Guggenheim include Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company's first New York performances (just before the company's season at City Center) and excerpts from Samuel Barber's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Vanessa, performed by New York City Opera cast members, both scheduled for October.

In November, artist Robert Wilson and Japanese composer Jo Kondo collaborate on a new commission and an American premiere: High Window, Beginning, Middle and End, Pendulums, Lotus Dam and Four Short Poems of Louis Zukofsky. Composer Charles Wuorinen will also moderate a discussion with Kondo and Wilson.

Performances by Batsheva Dance and Paul Taylor Dance Companies round out events in November.

Works & Process at the Guggenheim, produced by Mary Sharp Cronson, has organized over three hundred educational music, dance, opera, literary and theatrical performances since 1984. Each is accompanied by discussions among artistic collaborators.

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