DATE: Saturday, May 31, 2008
TIME: 7:30 PM-8:30 PM
VENUE: Works & Process at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
PARTICIPANTS: Brian Greene, Karole Armitage, Lukas Ligeti

As part of the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, director/choreographer Karole Armitage presented a new work inspired by physicist Brian Greene’s bestselling book, The Elegant Universe. This dynamic performance blended music, dance, text, and projected imagery to create a vibrant portrait of the universe as revealed by cutting-edge physics, incorporating wondrous insights from the realm of string theory.

The performances included a discussion between Armitage, Brian Greene and composer Lukas Ligeti about the rich and challenging process of transforming scientific concepts into aesthetic expression. Lukas Ligeti’s score was performed live by the Composer with Marco Cappelli on guitar, and by Ha-Yang Kim on cello.

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Brian Greene
Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant UniverseThe Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. Professor Greene co-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 and serves as Chairman of the Board.
Karole Armitage

Karole Armitage is a dancer and choreographer widely known for combining disparate styles and themes with the discipline and techniques of classical ballet. Armitage danced with the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, before forming her own New York-based company in the 1980s. She has created dances for numerous companies including American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet the White Oak Dance Project, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Lyon Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Rambert Dance Company, and most recently, Bern Ballet and Kansas City Ballet. In 1990, she became Director of MaggioDanza in Florence, Italy, and from 1999 to 2002 she was the resident choreographer of the Ballet de Lorraine in France. In 2005, she launched Armitage Gone! Dance in New York. Her recent projects include choreography for Broadway’s Passing Strange (2008 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Choreography), and the Public Theater’s acclaimed revival of Hair, currently on Broadway (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award nomination, Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding Choreography, and Astaire Award nomination for Best Broadway Choreographer) and in the West End in London. Among her many honors are the Grand Prix Roscigno Danza, Italy (‘05), and France’s highest arts award, Commandeur dans L’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (‘07). Upcoming projects include choreography for singers and robots in Tod Machover’s new opera, Death and the Powers.


Lukas Ligeti is a composer whose works combine downtown New York experimentalism with contemporary classical music, jazz, electronica, and world music.