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"Sleeping Beauty Dreams" 
September 13, 2018
The Guggenheim

Opposite Photo: "Sleeping Beauty Dreams" Producer Ed Ratnikov, Mick Jagger, "Sleeping Beauty Dreams" Principal Dancer Diana Vishneva

Photo Credits: Presley Ann for PMC and Brian Willam Waddell.


"When you think about Dada and the great moments in Modern Art, it's always the sense of when you're not sure that art is most likely to be occurring." Richard Phillips

On September 13th, The Guggenheim hosted a showing and panel discussion of a work in process, "Sleeping Beauty Dreams," a kinetic re-imagining of the dreams Princess Aurora may have had during the one hundred years she was asleep. During the evening, filmmaker Andrei Severny presented three short films: Bart Hess: Colliding Opposites, Tobias Gremmler: Digital Demons and Severney's award winning film, Gravitation: Variation in Time and Space, featuring the exquisite Diana Vishneva.

The creative team for "Sleeping Beauty Dreams" was on hand for a panel discussion: Diana Vishneva (principal dancer), Tobias Gremmler (digital artist), Thijs de Vlieger (composer) Edward Clug (choreographer), Bart Hess (costume design) and Laurent Fort (light artist). When it was Ms. Vishneva's turn to speak, she announced that the role of her Prince would be danced by Marcelo Gomes. This will be their first time they will be reunited on stage since leaving American Ballet Theatre.

The Guggenheim, with its overlapping curves, is the perfect place to launch a flight of fancy. There is no way to know the Princess's dreams (she is fictional and did not leave a diary), but since she was born in the wild and terrifying imaginations of the Brothers Grimm, her dreams would be fantastical.

Here is a quote from the press release from Jonathan Marder + Associates: "Sleeping Beauty Dreams is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale, exploring the untold story of Princess Aurora's 100 years of dreams... Tobias Gremmler explained the creation of digital avatars that will dance alongside the Prince and Princess, and how they'll react to the dancers movements in real time. Costume designer Bart Hess said "My work is known for using materials that are not usually considered for fashion like silicon, latex, plastic, foil, and metals. Some of the costumes and installations I’ve designed in the past, employ completely not wearable materials like shaving foam or iron or like the 'slime dress' for Lady Gaga."

The finished film of "Sleeping Beauty Dreams" will premiere in Miami at The Adrienne Arch Center on December 7th and 8th and then comes to New York’s Beacon Theater December 14th and 15th. Tickets can now be purchased at

After the presentation, the guests and the creative team attended a reception at the home of Susan Guttfreund, where they were joined by none other than Mick Jagger himself.   

Thijs de Vlieger, Bart Hess, Edward Clug, Diana Vishneva, Andrei Severny,
Tobias Gremmler and Laurent Fort

Diana Vishneva and Rem Khass Adrienne Vittadini

Guests for the reception included Yanna Avis, Delaney Buffet, Sharon Bush, Amy Fine Collins, Angela Goding, Judith Hoffman, "Sleeping Beauty Dreams" creative producer Rem Hess, Kristina Allegra Kingston, Margo Morton Langenberg, Guy Trebay, Adrienne and Gianluigi Vittadini, and Victoria Wyman.














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