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Armitage Gone! Dance: The Elegant Universe

Saturday, May 31, 2008
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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.


Brian GreenePhysicist, Author

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 Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Karole ArmitageChoreographer

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.

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Lukas LigetiComposer

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

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