Last year, the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series commissioned two choreographers, Larry Keigwin and Peter Quanz, to each choreograph a piece to Steve Reich’s Double Sextet. The results were presented side by side at the Guggenheim last September, and provided a refreshing look at two interpretations of the same score.
This year, the concept was repeated with two new choreographers and a new score. Commissioned by Works & Process and Morphoses, Jessica Lang and Pontus Lidberg choreographed to the same piece of music by David Lang over the course of five weeks in a residency at Vineyard Arts Project. It was an experiment in engaging audiences in new music and new dance in a more meaningful way by fostering an immediate exercise in comparing and contrasting. The two pieces premiered at the Guggenheim on October 3rd and 4th. For those who missed it, the Guggenheim created a short video (above) with excerpts from the two pieces. Enjoy!