Guggenheim Announces Spring 2015 Season

Works & Process, the Performing-Arts Series at the Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2015 Season


Pam Tanowitz & David Lang: Broken Story (where in there is no ecstasy)
Melissa Toogood
Photo: Christopher Duggan

Select Performances to Be Livestreamed


New Commission and World Premiere: Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy). Original
choreography by Pam Tanowitz set to new music by Ted Hearn, David Lang,
Hannah Lash, and Caroline Shaw performed by The FLUX Quartet

Miami City Ballet with Justin Peck & Shepard Fairey

The Santa Fe Opera: Cold Mountain with Jennifer Higdon

Fun Home on Broadway with Alison Bechdel

Wendy Whelan & Edward Watson

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(NEW YORK, NY – December 29, 2014) — Works & Process at the
Guggenheim is pleased to announce its spring 2015 season. Since 1984,
the performing-arts series has championed new works and offered
audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers. Each
intimate, 80–minute performance combines artistic creation with
stimulating conversation, and takes place in the Solomon R. Guggenheim
Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed, 285–seat Peter B. Lewis Theater,
where reserved seating is now available. 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.
Learn more about the spring 2015 season at

Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford
Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Christian Humann
Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. This
program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Spring 2015 Season Schedule

Miami City Ballet with Justin Peck & Shepard Fairey
Sunday, January 18, 3 pm
Sunday and Monday, January 18* and 19, 7:30 pm
to the world premiere in March, choreographer Justin Peck offers a
preview of Heatscape, his new work for Miami City Ballet. The set
design, created by artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey, combines
ballet and street art in an unlikely yet inspired partnership. Company
dancers will perform excerpts and Fairey, Peck, and Miami City Ballet
artistic director Lourdes Lopez will participate in a discussion
moderated by Ellen Bar of the New York City Ballet. Fairey will be
present on January 18 only.

For the 3 pm performance enter via the ramp at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue; no reception for this performance.
*Live online broadcast available at

Pam Tanowitz & David Lang
Sunday, February 22, 3 pm
Monday, February 23, 7:30 pm
Four composers, four dancers, four musicians, and a choreographer come together for the premiere of Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy),
a new commission by Works & Process. In collaboration with
choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer David Lang invited three composers
who had never written for dance before to create new works. Dancers
Maggie Cloud, Dylan Crossman, Stuart Singer, and Melissa Toogood will
perform new choreography by Tanowitz, set to new scores by Ted Hearne,
Lang, Hannah Lash, and Caroline Shaw, played live by The FLUX Quartet.

For the 3 pm performance enter via the ramp at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue; no reception for this performance.

Fun Home on Broadway with Alison Bechdel
Sunday, March 15, 7:30 pm
Prior to the Broadway premiere, cast members, including Tony Award–winner Michael Cerveris, will perform excerpts from Fun Home,
a new musical based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.
Four time Tony Award–nominated composer Jeanine Tesori, Tony
Award–nominated writer Lisa Kron, director Sam Gold, and Bechdel discuss
creating this work, which was named 2014’s Best Musical by the New York
Drama Critics’ Circle.

The Santa Fe Opera: Cold Mountain with Jennifer Higdon
Monday, March 30, 7:30 pm
Fons, Roger Honeywell, Isabel Leonard, and Jay Hunter Morris perform
musical selections from composer Jennifer Higdon’s first opera, based on
Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel Cold Mountain. Higdon will join stage director Leonard Foglia and librettist Gene Scheer in a discussion.

Forbidden Knowledge: Ethics and Experimentation in Science and Art
Monday, April 13, 7:30 pm
on his experience of living in a Stone Age tribe in New Guinea, and
referencing art, literature, and film—from the myths of Prometheus,
Daedalus, and Icarus, to Faust and Frankenstein—Dr. Robert Klitzman,
professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, will discuss how
cultures have balanced tensions between ethics and experimentation over
time. $20, $15 members.

American Ballet Theatre at 75
Sunday, April 19, 3 pm
Sunday and Monday, April 19 and 20, 7:30 pm
Ballet Theatre dancers, panelists, and historians explore the company’s
contributions to American dance over the last 75 years. This program
will be presented as a three-part retrospective, with each performance
spotlighting a different 25-year span in the company’s storied history.

April 19, 3 pm: 1940–1965
April 19, 7:30 pm: 1965–1990
April, 20, 7:30 pm: 1990–2015

For the 3 pm performance enter via the ramp at 88th Street and Fifth Avenue; no reception for this performance.
All performances will be available through an online live broadcast at

Pontus Lidberg Dance: SNOW
Monday, April 27, 7:30 pm
a turbulent choreographic work by Swedish choreographer, dancer, and
filmmaker Pontus Lidberg, features four dancers and an expressive
Japanese–style Bunraku puppet. Created to celebrate the centenary of
Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, Lidberg has re-envisioned
the work with a new score by Ryan Francis. Prior to the New York
premiere at The Joyce Theater, Lidberg will discuss the musical journey
from Stravinsky to Francis, as well as the process of incorporating
puppetry into the choreography. Lidberg and company dancers will perform

Second Stage Theatre: The Way We Get By with Neil LaBute
Sunday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Award–nominated playwright Neil LaBute, Tony Award–nominated director
Leigh Silverman, and Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski participate in a
moderated discussion about The Way We Get By, a new play about love and lust. Excerpts will be performed prior to the New York premiere.

Wendy Whelan & Edward Watson
June (Exact date to be announced)
York City Center artistic associate Wendy Whelan and The Royal Ballet
principal dancer Edward Watson will perform excerpts from new works by
Danièle Desnoyers, Arthur Pita, Shen Wei, and Christopher Wheeldon.
Following these performances, Whelan and Watson will participate in a
discussion with cocommissioner New York City Center’s Vice President of
Programming, Stanford Makishi.

Coproduced by The Royal Ballet, The Joyce Theater, and Sunny Artist Management.

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

$40, $35 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)
ticket access and preferred seat selection starting Dec 29, 2014, for
Friends of Works & Process or Guggenheim Members, Associate level
and above.
Season tickets will be on sale Jan 7, 2015.
Specific seats may be reserved when ordered online.
For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm, or visit