Works & Process:
Iannis Xenakis's Oresteia

Monday, September 8, 2008
7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, September 13, 2008, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University begins its 20th anniversary season with the United States premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ Oresteia, his only opera. A re-imagining of Aeschylus' epic tragedy, Xenakis' Oresteia, finished in 1966, is a striking theatrical composition for baritone, mixed chorus, children’s chorus, and chamber ensemble. The US premiere will be a new multimedia production including dance, theater, music and projections, directed and choreographed by Luca Veggetti in a spirit completely consistent with Xenakis’s concept of opera of total theater.

Scene from a Veggetti choreography

Works & Process, an ongoing program at the Guggenheim Museum, will present a behind-the-scenes look at the interpretation and presentation of Oresteia on Monday, September 8, 2008, at 7:30pm. Moderated by Miller Theatre's Executive Director George Steel, Works & Process will explore Luca Veggetti's concepts and realizations. It will provide an opportunity for gaining insight into Xenakis' composing process and understanding how it was influenced by his parallel career as a mathematician, engineer, and architect. Author and screenwriter Francoise Xenakis, Iannis Xenakis' wife, will discuss his work. Sharon Kanach, editor of Xenakis' writings, will also be present to discuss his work. Musical excerpts from Oresteia will be performed by Wilbur Pauley and David Schotzko, and dance excerpts from the opera will be performed by Frances Chiaverini, Olivia Ancona, Colby Damon and Stephan Laks.

Works in Process

Miller Theater