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National Ballet of Canada at Guggenheim: Works and Process

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 3:00PM


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National Ballet of Canada at Guggenheim: Works and Process

Sunday, Sep 15, 2019 at 3:00PM

New York, NY , United States of America

& Process at the Guggenheim


National Ballet of Canada: 

Robert Binet and Missy Mazzoli

September 15, 2019 at 3pm

Works &
Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents The
National Ballet of Canada: 
Orpheus Alive by
Robert Binet and Missy Mazzoli, moderated by Wendy Whelan 
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 3pm.


 retells the tragic myth of
Orpheus, casting the titular
character as a womanEurydice,
Orpheus' fallen lover, as a manand
members as gods of the
underworld who hold Orpheus'
in their hands. Choreographed by Robert Binet, Choreographic
Associate of 
The National Ballet of
and featuring a
commissioned score by acclaimed composer Missy Mazzoli
 is a story of love, lossand
an extraordinary artist 
facing the
limits of 
his mortality. Company
 and the Mivos
perform excerpts, and New York City Ballet Associate
Artistic Director Wendy Whelan moderates a discussion
with BinetMazzoli,
and dramaturg Rosamund Smallabout the
creative process 
before the ballet's world
premiere in Toronto.


 was born in Toronto, Canada and was appointed
Choreographic Associate of The National Ballet of Canada in June 2013
following eighteen months as The Royal Ballet Choreographic
Apprentice. Binet has created The Dreamers Ever Leave You,
The Sea Above, The Sky Below, Self and Soul, The Wild Space Between
Two Hearts, These Worlds In Us
 and Unearth for
The National Ballet of Canada since joining the company in 2013. He
also created Orpheus Becomes Eurydice, a
co-production between The National Ballet of Canada and the Banff
Centre. Robert spoke and presented excerpts of Orpheus
Becomes Eurydice
 at TEDxToronto 2015. Prior to joining the
company, Robert created numerous works for The National Ballet of
Canada's Choreographic Labs and the YOU dance apprentice programme,
and a new work for The National Ballet of Canada's 60th anniversary
gala in June 2012. Binet was selected by Artistic Director Karen
Kain as her protégé for the 2017 Governor General's Performing Arts
Awards Mentorship Programme. One of Binet's most recent creations for
The National Ballet of Canada was an immersive ballet titled The
Dreamers Ever Leave You. 
It premiered in August 2016 at the
Art Gallery of Ontario and was hailed as "a thrilling and
affirming victory for the art form" by The Globe and Mail. This
followed the world premiere of Terra Incognita, a
site- specific ballet with an originally commissioned story featuring
dancers from top international ballet companies, for Binet's
project-based company Wild Space.


composer Missy Mazzoli was recently deemed "one
of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working
in New York" (The New York Times) and "Brooklyn's
post-millennial Mozart" (Time Out New York). Mazzoli is
the Mead Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and
her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos
Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, Opera Philadelphia,
Scottish Opera, LA Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera,
Chicago Fringe Opera, the Detroit Symphony, the LA Philharmonic, the
Minnesota Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, JACK Quartet,
cellist Maya Beiser, violinist Jennifer Koh, pianist Kathleen Supové,
Dublin's Crash Ensemble, the Sydney Symphony and many others. In 2018
she made history when she became one of the two first women (along
with composer Jeanine Tesori) to be commissioned by the Metropolitan
Opera. That year she was also nominated for a Grammy in the category
of "Best Classical Composition" for her work Vespers for
Violin, recorded by violinist Olivia De Prato.


One of the
top international ballet companies, The National Ballet
 Canada was founded by Celia Franca in 1951
and is the only Canadian ballet company to present a full range of
traditional full-length classics. The company's repertoire includes
works by the world's most celebrated 20th and 21st century
masters, Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, John
Cranko, Rudolf Nureyev, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, James
Kudelka, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, Crystal Pite, Christopher
Wheeldon, Aszure Barton, Guillaume Côté and Robert Binet.  In
addition to its classical repertoire, the company also embraces
contemporary works and encourages the creation of new ballets and the
development of Canadian choreographers. 



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Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process

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Guggenheim Museum

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funding for Works & Process is provided by The Christian Humann
Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Evelyn Sharp
Foundation, with public funds from the National Endowment for the
Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership
with the City Council.


& Process at the Guggenheim
New York Times
"an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the
creative process," for 35 years, 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
and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading
creators and performers. Most performances take place in the
Guggenheim's intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 273-seat Peter B.
Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new
residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new
works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim


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