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Works & Process Fall 2018 Season  | Open: 09/09/18 Close: 12/17/18
Works & Process,

the Performing-Arts Series at the


Announces Fall 2018 Season



  • The only New York preview of Akram Khan's Giselle with the English National Ballet

  • "Lost" Jerome Robbins solo reconstructed by Peter Boal on the Pacific Northwest Ballet, in celebration of Robbins's centennial

  • An inside look at the movie Bel Canto's music with Renée Fleming, David Majzlin, Elena Park, and Anthony Weintraub 

  • New music commission by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Conrad Tao, and Charles Wuorinen

  • Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi


"An exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process" 

-The New York Times


(NEW YORK, NY - August 2, 2018)-Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its fall 2018 season, which includes new dance and music commissions, and a gala featuring a revival performance of a Works & Process Rotunda Project in the Guggenheim's iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed space. Since 1984 the performing-arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading choreographers, composers, dancers, musicians, and playwrights, among others. Programs explore the creative process through stimulating discussions with artists and riveting performance highlights. Each 70-minute program takes place in the museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater unless otherwise noted. Additional information is available at


Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation, The Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Fall 2018 Season Schedule

Emma Portner with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago / Devonté Hynes & Third Coast Percussion, and Anne Plamondon

Sunday and Monday, September 9 and 10, 7:30 pm

Emma Portner, described by Dance Spirit as a young choreographer "changing the dance world," shares highlights from her upcoming Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) commission with new music by Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) performed by Third Coast Percussion, and from her duet with Anne Plamondon, commissioned by Fall for Dance North (FFDN), prior to their respective premieres in Chicago and Toronto. Portner also screens her newest dance film, FEMME DEBOUT commissioned by Fondation Beyeler on the occasion of their exhibition Bacon-Giacometti. As part of the program, Portner, Plamondon and HSDC artistic director Glenn Edgerton will discuss their collaboration in a discussion moderated by FFDN artistic director Ilter Ibrahimof.


Bel Canto: Inside the Music

Renée Fleming, David Majzlin, Anthony Weintraub, and Elena Park

Sunday, September 16, 7:30 pm

For the new film Bel Canto, based on Ann Patchett's award-winning novel, Renée Fleming provides the soprano voice of Roxane Coss (Julianne Moore), the renowned diva who is swept up, along with wealthy Japanese industrialist Katsumi Hosokawa (Ken Watanabe), in a lengthy hostage crisis in a South American country. This dramatic love story, directed by Paul Weitz (who also cowrote the screenplay), unfolds with an arresting score that features original music by David Majzlin and classic opera arias. Fleming and Majzlin join Bel Canto's Anthony Weintraub (producer/co-screenwriter) and Elena Park (music producer) to talk about the creation of the movie and the musical choices. Performers (to be announced) stage several excerpts from Bel Canto, which debuts in theaters September 14.


The Metropolitan Opera: Marnie

Peter Gelb, Nico Muhly, and Michael Mayer

Monday, October 1, 7:30 pm

Prior to the Metropolitan Opera's premiere of composer Nico Muhly's Marnie-a gripping reimagining of Winston Graham's novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities-Met General Manager Peter Gelb leads a panel discussion with Muhly and director Michael Mayer. Members of the cast perform highlights from the opera.


Pacific Northwest Ballet

Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebration: Male Solos with Peter Boal

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 7:30 pm

Peter Boal, Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and former Principal Dancer of New York City Ballet, is joined by dancers from PNB to illustrate and perform male solos by acclaimed choreographer Jerome Robbins on the occasion of Robbins's centennial this year. Boal reconstructs a "lost" solo created for him by Robbins, among other works danced by members of PNB.


American Ballet Theatre: Jessica Lang

Sunday and Monday, October 7 and 8, 7:30 pm

Since 1940 American Ballet Theatre (ABT) has been a home for emerging choreographers and artists. This season, as part of the ABT Women's Movement initiative, choreographer Jessica Lang teams up with artist Sarah Crowner, who will design the scenery and costumes for Lang's third work for the company. Join Lang, moderator John Meehan, and dancers from ABT for an intimate evening prior to the ballet's premiere.


New York Theatre Workshop: Hurricane Diane

Madeleine George

Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm

Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George and cast members Becca Blackwell, Nikiya Mathis, Danielle Skraastad, and Kate Wetherhead present highlights from George's new work Hurricane Diane, coproduced with WP Theater and directed by Leigh Silverman. The production features Diane, a permaculture gardener dripping with butch charm and supernatural abilities owing to her true identity-the Greek god Dionysus. Diane returns to the modern world to restore the Earth to its natural state, taking to her suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac, and leading a bacchanalian catharsis with her neighboring suburban housewives. 


St. Ann's Warehouse and Eva Price

Bard SummerScape Production: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

Monday, October 22, 7:30 pm

Director Daniel Fish and choreographer John Heginbotham discuss their fresh and daring reimagining of Oklahoma! Prior to the production's New York City premiere at St. Ann's Warehouse, 75 years after the classic musical's Broadway debut, cast members perform highlights, and the duo talk about making the iconic musical in today's America.



Caleb Teicher & Co with Conrad Tao: More Forever

Sunday, October 28, 7:30pm

Caleb Teicher & Company have teamed up with Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao to create their first evening-length work, More Forever, to premiere in January 2019 at Works & Process. On a stage filled with a thin layer of sand, dancers explore American dance traditions such as vernacular jazz, tap, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao's new contemporary score for piano and electronics. 



Charles Wuorinen at 80 with Goeyvaerts String Trio

Monday, October 29, 7:30 pm

Celebrate acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Wuorinen's 80th year with the premiere of his Second String Trio-a Works & Process commission-and hisseminal String Trio from 1968, both performed by Belgium-based Goeyvaerts String Trio.



Wednesday, October 31

For one night only, see a revival performance of a Rotunda Project hailed by the New York Times as a "revelatory dance experience" in the article "The Best Dance of 2017." 


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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at 60

Monday, November 5, 7:30 pm

In honor of the Alivin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th anniversary, Artistic Director Robert Battle, Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, and choreographer Rennie Harris join in a conversation moderated by journalist Susan Fales-Hill that spotlights what truly makes Ailey so special. Leading up to their season at New York City Center, company dancers perform highlights from signature classics and commissioned works that push dance into new territory.


English National Ballet: Akram Khan's Giselle

Sunday, November 11, 7:30 pm

British Bangladeshi choreographer Akram Khan, known for his masterful works that interweave an infectious fusion of contemporary dance and Indian kathak, created a 21st-century Giselle,reimagining this epitomical classical ballet to illustrate the woes of migrant workers and powerful factory owners. The groundbreaking work recently returned for an applauded second run at Sadler's Wells in London, and English National Ballet will bring it to Chicago's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in 2019 for its American premiere. At theonly preview in New York of this critically acclaimed ballet, Khan's first work featuring dancers on pointe,New York Times dance writer Marina Harssmoderates a discussion with Khan,Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Lead Principal Dancer of English National Ballet, Patricia Barretto, President and CEO of Harris Theater, and company dancers. Three company dancers and Rojo perform highlights.


Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi

Saturdays, December 1 and 8, 1, 2:30 and 4 pm

Sundays, December 2 and 9, 2:30 and 4 pm

Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm (Works & Process Young Friends Event)

Isaac Mizrahi narrates and directs Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic, Ensemble Signal performs the music, andthe cast, wearing costumes by Mizrahi, performs choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart. 


For children 5 and up. Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.


PREMIUM FRONT ROW TICKETING: $100, $95 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members.


Holiday Concert

Sunday and Monday, December 16 and 17, 7 pm

Celebrate the season with the joyous sounds of holiday music and a new Works & Process commission by composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, inspired by the Guggenheim's exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become a beloved annual traditionin the museum's iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda.


FLOOR SEATING: $45, $40 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members.

RAMP STANDING: $25, $20 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members.


Location:       Peter B. Lewis Theater (unless otherwise noted)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street

Subway: 4, 5, 6, or Q train to 86th Street

Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue


Tickets: $45, $40 members (unless otherwise noted)

$10 student rush tickets one hour before performance, based on availability

(for students under 25 with valid ID)

Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts August 7, 2018, for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above. 

General ticketing starts August 14, 2018.


For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon-Fri, 1-5 pm, or visit




August 2, 2018


For more information, press tickets, and photos, or to arrange interviews, contact:

Duke Dang, General Manager

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

212 758 0024


Michelle Tabnick, Publicist

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

646 765 4773


May Yeung, Publicist

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

212 423 3840


Works & Process at the Guggenheim


Peter & the Wolf

with Isaac Mizrahi

December 1-9, 2018


Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic Peter & the Wolf. Isaac Mizrahi narrates and directs as Brad Lubman (Dec 1-2) and Oliver Hagen (Dec 7-9) conduct Ensemble Signal and a cast wearing costumes by Mizrahi performs choreography by John Heginbotham, bringing the 30-minute story to life for the young and young at heart.


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"Book fast. This is a popular show."

- The New Yorker


"A new holiday tradition"

- The New York Times


"Isaac Mizrahi...(is) a natural story teller with musical instincts and vivacious wit." The New York Times



In 1936, Sergei Prokofiev was commissioned to write a light-hearted piece for children that would introduce the instruments and sounds of the orchestra. He was given a libretto, but he didn't like it, so he came up with a new story. The music was completed in a week. Peter & the Wolf was the result, and it is a work still loved by children and adults. The story tells how Peter, against his grandfather's will, opens the park gate, ventures into the big green meadow, and ultimately manages to liberate the City from the scary wolf. Peter captures the wolf with the help of a bird, his friend, and hands him over to the hunter, with a specific request: to take the wolf to the zoo. Each character in the story is represented by an instrument. The narrator reads the story between the musical sections.


Peter - strings     

Grandfather - bassoon                 

Duck - oboe

Hunter - timpani                 

Bird - flute

Cat - clarinet

Wolf - french horn


Cast: Derrick Arthur, Elizabeth Coker, Kristen Foote, Marjorie Folkman, Daniel Pettrow, Guillermo Resto, Macy Sullivan



$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process

Box Office (212) 423-3575 or

Peter B. Lewis Theater 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York

Enter via the ramp at 88th St and 5th Ave.



Saturdays, December 1 and 8, 1, 2:30 and 4 pm

Sundays, December 2 and 9, 2:30 and 4 pm

Friday, December 7, 6:30 pm



The Wright restaurant will serve family-friendly meals before all weekend performances and seasonal cocktails before the Friday, December 7thperformance.



There will be a Peter & The Wolf Pop-Up Shop inside The Wright restaurant, open before all performances.


Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation, The Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. 


Isaac Mizrahi (libra) has directed numerous theatrical productions and operas including a 2014 production of The Magic Flute at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Mizrahi has worked extensively in the theater both as a performer and a designer of sets and costumes. He was the subject and co-creator of Unzipped, a documentary following the making of his Fall 1994 ready-to-wear collection which received an award at the Sundance Film Festival. He has been a leader in the fashion industry for nearly 30 years and currently serves as the Chief Designer for the IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi and Isaac Mizrahi Live! collections. He hosted his own television talk show for five years, has written two books and has made countless appearances in movies and television. He serves as a weekly judge on Project Runway: All-Stars. Mizrahi has his own production company, Isaac Mizrahi Entertainment, under which he has several projects in development in television, theatre and literature. He has performed cabaret at Café Carlyle, Joe's Pub, West Bank Café and City Winery locations across the country. His memoir, I.M., is due out in late February 2019.


Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, John Heginbotham (Choreographer) graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993, and was a member of Mark Morris Dance Group from 1998 - 2012.  In 2011 he founded Dance Heginbotham (DH), which has been presented and commissioned by institutions including Bard College, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among others.  In 2016, DH toured to Indonesia, Laos, and the Philippines with DanceMotion USASM, a cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State, produced by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  John's recent independent projects include choreographing Candide for the Orlando Philharmonic (2016);  Daniel Fish's Oklahoma! at Bard Summerscape (2015); Angels' Sharefor Atlanta Ballet (2014); and Isaac Mizrahi's The Magic Flute at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (2014).  In the fall of 2017, he will choreograph the San Francisco Opera production of John Adams' and Peter Sellars' new opera Girls of the Golden West.  Select honors include the 2014 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award, a 2016 Fellowship at NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts, and a 2017-18 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship.


Brad Lubman, conductor/composer is founding Co-Artistic and Music Director of Ensemble Signal. Lubman is one of the foremost conductors of modern music and a leading figure in the field for over two decades. A frequent guest conductor of the world's most distinguished orchestras and new music ensembles, he has gained widespread recognition for his versatility, commanding technique, and insightful interpretations. His flexibility in a variety of settings has led him to conduct a broad range of repertoire from classical to contemporary works, and to direct projects including orchestra, opera, multimedia, and mixed ensemble. Lubman has led major orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, Dresden Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, RSO Stuttgart, WDR Symphony Cologne, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Finnish Radio Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, and the National Symphony. In addition, he has worked with some of the most important ensembles for contemporary music, including London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik and Steve Reich and Musicians. His own music has been performed in the USA and Europe, and can be heard on his CD, Insomniac, on Tzadik. Brad Lubman is on faculty at the Eastman School of Music and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute.


Ensemble Signal, described by the New York Times as "one of the most vital groups of its kind," is a NY-based ensemble dedicated to offering the broadest possible audience access to a diverse range of contemporary works through performance, commissioning, recording, and education. Signal was founded by Co-Artistic/Executive Director Lauren Radnofsky and Co-Artistic Director/Conductor Brad Lubman. Since its debut in 2008, Signal has performed over 150 concerts, given NY, world or US premieres of over 20 works, and co-produced 9 recordings. Signal has appeared at Lincoln Center Festival, Walt Disney Concert Hall, BIG EARS, Cal Performances, Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, and Miller Theatre, and has worked with artists including Reich, Lachenmann, Wuorinen, Gordon, Lang, Wolfe and Irvine Arditti. Their recording of Reich's Music for 18 Musicians released in May 2015 on harmonia mundi received a Diapason d'or and appeared on the Billboard Classical Crossover Charts. Throughout 2017-18, they will give the US premieres of a new work for 19 musicians by Steve Reich entitled Runner at venues across the US. Their educational activities include community performances and educational outreach, as well as workshops with emerging composers.


Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Described by The New York Times as "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," for over 34 years and in over 500 productions, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Most performances take place in the Guggenheim's intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda.