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Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Federal Hall: The Democracy Project on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:30pm.

 

The Democracy Project is a perspective-shifting odyssey through the 531 days when New York City was the nation's first capital; when the presidency was new; the slave trade was in debate; and the U.S. Constitution-and the rights of all America's inhabitants-hung in the balance. 

 

Written by Tanya Barfield, Lisa D'Amour, Larissa FastHorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jackson and Bruce Norris, and directed by Tamilla Woodard, this new play will premiere in November 2020 as part of the inaugural program for New Day at Federal Hall. This effort, led by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy at Federal Hall, brings together the nation's finest storytellers to create an array of multidisciplinary new works probing the ideas, ideals, flaws, and contradictions of American democracy as forged at the site.

 

Works & Process invites this team of award-winning theater artists, joined by playwright David Henry Hwang, script consultant Adam Greenfield and producer Lynn Goldner to discuss their remarkable collaboration and present performance highlights.

 

TICKETS & VENUE

$45, $40 members (unless otherwise noted)

$10 TodayTix Lottery and student rush tickets one hour before performance, based on availability (student tickets for those under 30 with valid ID)

Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 10 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.

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

Peter B. Lewis Theater

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

 

Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation,

Florence Gould Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

ARTIST BIOS

 

Tanya Barfield's plays include Bright Half Life, The Call, Blue Door and Of Equal Measure. In 2016, the Profile Theatre (Portland, Oregon) devoted an entire season to Barfield's work. Tanya is the winner of a PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award, LAMDA Literary Award, a Lilly Award and Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. Tanya also writes for television and shares a Writers Guild of America Award for her work on The Americans (FX).

 

Lisa D'Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist and one half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour. Her plays, including Detroit and Airline Highway have been produced by theaters across the country. Detroit was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. PearlDamour is known for creating interdisciplinary, often site-specific works, which range from the intimate to large scale. Lisa is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert Award for the Arts in theater, the 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award and is a recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. She is a former Jerome Fellow and Core Alum of the Playwrights' Center and an alumna of New Dramatists.

 

Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is an award-winning playwright, director, and choreographer. Larissa's produced plays include The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons, Artists Rep), What Would Crazy Horse Do? (Kansas City Rep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company, NEFA National tour 2019-20), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children's Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: A Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point (Eagle Project), and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). Larissa was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year, and numerous Ford, Mellon, and NEA grants.

 

Melissa James Gibson is a New York City based playwright and screenwriter. Most recently she was the co-showrunner on Netflix's House of Cards. She also wrote for the first two seasons of The Americans (FX), for which she received a Writer's Guild of America Award nomination. Honors: OBIE Award; Guggenheim Fellowship; Steinberg Playwright Award; Kesselring Prize; Whiting Writers Award; Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights' Fellowship; LILLY Award; Jerome Fellow; MacDowell Colony Fellow; NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist. MFA: Yale School of Drama; graduate of New Dramatists. THIS and Other Plays is published by TCG.

 

Michael R. Jackson is a BFA and MFA graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He wrote book, music, and lyrics for the musicals 

White Girl In Danger and A Strange Loop (world premiere at Playwrights Horizons Theatre, in association with Page 73 Productions). Awards and associations include: a New Professional Theatre Festival Award, a Jonathan Larson Grant, a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award, a Whiting Award, the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting and a Dramatist Guild Fellowship. 

 

Bruce Norris is the author of Clybourne Park, which premiered in 2010 at Playwrights Horizons and received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the Olivier, Evening Standard, and Tony Awards. In 2018, his play The Low Road was produced at the Public Theatre (New York). In 2018-19 his play Downstate was co-produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and the National Theatre (UK). In 2017, he adapted Brecht's Arturo Ui for the Donmar Warehouse, London. Other plays include The Qualms, Domesticated, A Parallelogram, The Unmentionables, The Pain and the Itch and Purple Heart, most of which premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago, where he is an ensemble member. He lives in New York. 

 

Tamilla Woodard (Director) is the BOLD Theater Women's Leadership Circle Associate Artistic Director of WP Theater and the co-leader of WP's Directors Lab.  As a director, her recent projects include Where We Stand at WP Theater, Associate Director on Hadestown on Broadway, Top Girls and

Men on Boats at American Conservatory Theater, James Scruggs'

3/Fifths at 3-Legged Dog, PolkaDots: The Cool Kids Musical at The Atlantic Theatre Company (Off-Brodway Alliance Award).  She is the co-founder of PopUP Theatrics, a partnership creating immersive and participatory theater for audiences in Europe, South America, Mexico and the U.S. since 2007.

 

David Henry Hwang's (Moderator) works include the plays M. Butterfly, Yellow Face, Chinglish, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney's Tarzan. His latest show, Soft Power, written with Jeanine Tesori, premiered at the Ahmanson and the Public and was named Best Musical of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. He is also America's most-produced living opera librettist. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

 

Adam Greenfield, script consultant, was recently appointed to be the next Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, where since 2007, he has been the director of new play development. Prior to this, he was literary manager at La Jolla Playhouse and associate artistic director of The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle. In addition to his work producing, directing and developing new plays, he's a director whose recent credits include the Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, and Playhouse Theater in Stockholm.

 

Lynn Goldner is the producer of The Democracy Project.  She has produced programming for HBO Films, Sundance Channel, A & E Networks, and ABC News. Her features include Marvelous, starring Martha Plimpton and Amy Ryan; The Painted Heart, starring Will Patton and Bebe Neuwirth. With several theater and television projects in development, Goldner is working with many of New York's foremost writers and directors.

 

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Described by The New York Times as "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," for 35 years, 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 273-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. worksandprocess.org.

 

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Federal Hall: The Democracy Project on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:30pm.

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Opera Theatre of Saint Louis: Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 7:30pm.

 

This opera recounts the fate of the thousands who in the 1920s succumbed to a mysterious sleeping sickness, rendering them immobile and voiceless for more than forty years. Through this time, daughters grew up without their mothers, husbands remarried, and mothers wasted away from grief. Decades later, a brilliant, young doctor, Dr. Oliver Sacks, discovered a revolutionary treatment to bring his patients back to life, though to a world they no longer recognized.

 

Based on Dr. Sacks's book Awakenings, the opera is a moving tale of memories, loss, and life rediscovered. Prior to its world premiere, composer Tobias Picker, librettist Aryeh Lev Stollman, conductor Roberto Kalb, and Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Awakenings stage director, James Robinson, participate in a moderated discussion with performances from original cast members Joyce El-Khoury, Paul Groves, Jarrett Logan Porter, and David Portillo.

 

TICKETS & VENUE

$45, $40 members (unless otherwise noted)

$10 TodayTix Lottery and student rush tickets one hour before performance, based on availability (student tickets for those under 30 with valid ID)

Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 10 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.

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

Peter B. Lewis Theater

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

 

Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation,

Florence Gould Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

ABOUT COMPOSER TOBIAS PICKER

Tobias Picker, whose music has been described as "displaying a distinctively soulful style that is one of the glories of the current musical scene" by

BBC Music Magazine and "a genuine creator with a fertile unforced vein of invention" by The New Yorker, has drawn performances and commissions by the world's leading musicians, orchestras, and opera houses.

 

Picker's operas have been commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera (Emmeline), the LA Opera (Fantastic Mr. Fox), the Dallas Opera (Thérèse Raquin), San Francisco Opera (Dolores Claiborne), and the Metropolitan Opera (An American Tragedy). His operas have gone on to be produced by New York City Opera, San Diego Opera, L'Opera de Montreal, Chicago Opera Theater, Covent Garden, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and many other distinguished companies. In 2015, Opera Theatre of St. Louis mounted a major new production of Picker's

Emmeline, that garnered universal acclaim as "a work of gripping emotional intensity and extraordinary musical expressivity" (Dallas Morning News); "one of the best operas written in the past 25 years" (Wall Street Journal); and "the greatest American opera of the 20th century" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).  In 2020, Opera Theater of St. Louis will premiere Picker's sixth opera,

Awakenings, based on the novel by Oliver Sacks.

 

In addition, Picker has composed numerous symphonic works, commissioned and performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, L'Orchestre de Paris, Munich Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Opéra de Montréal, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Vienna RSO, and Zurich Tonhalle among others. In addition to three symphonies, he has composed concertos for violin, viola, cello, oboe, and four piano concertos and a ballet, Awakenings commissioned by the Rambert Dance Company.

 

Tobias Picker's discography includes the 2020 Grammy Award-winning "Best Opera Recording" of Fantastic Mr. Fox (BMOP Sound), as well as numerous recordings for such labels as Sony Classics, Virgin Classics, Angel, Chandos, Ondine, Albany, and Wergo. His upcoming releases include a debut recording of Dolores Claiborne and a recording of his melodrama The Encantadasperformed by the Nashville Symphony and narrated by Mr. Picker himself, both for Naxos.

 

Mr. Picker has received numerous awards and prizes and was elected to lifetime membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012. He served as composer-in-residence of the Houston Symphony (1985-1990) and subsequently for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival.

 

Picker was born in New York City in 1954. He studied composition with Charles Wuorinen and received his BM degree from Manhattan School of Music in 1976. He has served as Artistic Director or Tulsa Opera since 2016. His music is published exclusively by Schott Music.

 

ABOUT LIBRETTIST ARYEH LEV STOLLMAN

Aryeh Lev Stollman's is the author of three highly praised novels and numerous short stories. His first novel, The Far Euphrates (Riverhead) is a winner of a Lambda Award, an American Library Association Notable Book, a Los Angeles Times Book Review Recommended Book of the Year, and a National Book Critics Circle Notable Book. The Far Euphrates has been translated into five languages. His second novel, The Illuminated Soul (Riverhead), is a winner of Hadassah Magazine's Harold U. Ribalow Prize.  

 

Mr. Stollman's short fiction has appeared in Story, American Short Fiction, The Yale Review, The Southwest Review, and is upcoming in LitMag. His story collection The Dialogues of Time and Entropy was also published by Riverhead, and his story "Lotte Returns!" was commissioned and broadcast by National Public Radio.

 

His third novel, Queen of Jerusalem, will be published in spring 2020 by Aryeh Nir/Modan in Hebrew translation under the title Divrei y'mei Naamah.

 

Mr. Stollman has written the libretto for Awakenings, an opera composed by Tobias Picker, based on the book by Oliver Sacks, and commissioned by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, to be premiered June 2020.

 

He is a neuroradiologist at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

 

About Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is a spring festival featuring casts of the opera world's most exciting singers accompanied by members of the Grammy Award-winning St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Each season, OTSL presents four inventive new productions in English during the months of May and June. In addition to presenting innovative interpretations of classics, OTSL is also committed to premiering new and relevant operas by prominent composers; since its inaugural season in 1976, 28 operas have received their world premieres at Opera Theatre. The company's competitive young artist programs foster the next generation of emerging American singers; these programs have been a springboard for countless artists to launch international careers. OTSL is led by General Director Andrew Jorgensen and Artistic Director James Robinson.

 

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Described by The New York Times as "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," for 35 years, 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 273-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. worksandprocess.org.

 

 

Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the

Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2020 Season 

 

Highlights

Opening Night Cabaret with Anthony Roth CostanzoNew dance commissions by Ephrat Asherie and Omari WilesTheatrical first looks at CompanyWest Side Story, and Ocean FilibusterOpera sneak peek with Lincoln Center Theater's Intimate Apparel, The Metropolitan Opera's Agrippina, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's AwakeningsDance previews featuring BalletX and Pennsylvania Ballet

 

"An exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process." 
-
The New York Times

 

(NEW YORK, NY - November 25, 2019)-Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its spring 2020 season. Since 1984, the performing arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators. The intimate Frank Lloyd Wright­-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater is the venue for these seventy-minute programs that explore the creative process through stimulating discussions and riveting performance highlights. One-of-a-kind productions created for the Guggenheim's rotunda offer a unique experience of the landmark museum. Additional information is available at worksandprocess.org.

 

Audience members are invited to artist receptions in the rotunda following most evening programs.Prior to performances, The Wright restaurant is open with a cash bar from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

 

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

 

Spring 2020 Season 

 

OPENING NIGHT CABARET

Anthony Roth Costanzo

Jan 6, 7:30 pm

Before he was an opera singer, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten and Glass Handel) was a Broadway baby moving from community theater to national tours, and eventually to the Great White Way. Now, Costanzo is looking back to go forward. For one night only, in the New York premiere of his cabaret, he revisits his childhood, drawing on the leading ladies, crooners, and icons that helped form him. And, in a twist, he finds just enough low to balance out his highs.  Developed with the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, on the occasion of Opera Philadelphia's Festival O19. Directed by John Jarboe. Musical arrangements by Heath Allen. Scenic design by Machine Dazzle.

 

Opening Night Chairs

Joanna Fisher, Bart Friedman, Andrew J. Martin-Weber, and Anh-Tuyet Nguyen

 

6:30 pm           Reception in Rotunda

7:30 pm           Performance in the Peter B. Lewis Theater

9 pm                 Dinner at The Wright

 

$500    Prime Seating and Artist Dinner

$250    Orchestra

$150    Dress Circle

$75     Side View

 

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally at the age of eleven and has since appeared in opera, concert, recital, film, and on Broadway. He has produced operas, installations, concerts, and performance series internationally. Recently, he appeared at the Metropolitan Opera performing the title role in Philip Glass's Akhnaten, and has performed with many of the world's other leading opera houses, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, English National Opera, and Teatro Real in Madrid. In concert he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Berlin Philharmonic, and at Carnegie Hall, the Elbphilharmonie, and the Kennedy Center. His first album, ARC, was nominated for a Grammy and he received Musical America's 2019 Vocalist of the Year award.

 

DANCE COMMISSION PREVIEW

Les Ballet Afrik and Ephrat Asherie Dance 

Jan 13 and 14, 7:30 pm

In 2020, Works & Process commissions and premieres two works by Les Ballet Afrik and Ephrat Asherie Dance. 

 

Having received the honorary status of Legend after 10 years of competing in the Vogue Ballroom scene and performing across the globe, choreographer Omari Wiles brings the ballroom to the Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim. With excerpts of New York is Burning, performed by Les Ballet Afrik and guest artists, Wiles presents his signature "AfrikFusion" style, whichfuses traditional African dances and Afrobeat styles with House dance andVogue. 

 

Excerpts from Ephrat Asherie's UnderScored (working title) are performed by EAD company members with guest artists from New York City's underground dance scene. Beginning with the legendary parties at The Loft and the Paradise Garage, UnderScored is inspired by intergenerational club-life memories and explores the ever-changing physical landscape of New York City's underground House dance community.

 

OPERA

The Metropolitan Opera

Agrippina by George Frideric Handel

Harry Bicket, Joyce DiDonato, and David McVicar

Jan 20, 7:30 pm

Before the Met premiere of Agrippina, Handel's tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome, general manager Peter Gelb moderates a discussion with director Sir David McVicar, conductor Harry Bicket, and members from the cast. Highlights are performed in advance of the opera's opening night on February 6.

 

MUSICAL

West Side Story

Ivo van Hove and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Jan 27, 7:30 pm

When the original production by Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim premiered on Broadway in 1957, it changed the face of American musical theater. More than sixty years later, Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove directs a new production that, for the first time ever in the United States, features all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Prior to its February 6 opening, audience members are invited behind the scenes as van Hove and De Keersmaeker participate in a moderated discussion and cast members perform highlights.

 

MUSICAL

Company

Marianne Elliott

Feb 3, 7:30 pm

Two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott illuminates the creative process behind her revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's landmark American musical, Company. On the heels of its Olivier Award-winning, sensational hit run in London's West End, Company will open on Broadway in a visionary new production featuring a gender-swapped, marriage-shy Bobbie at her 35th birthday party, where all her friends ask: Why isn't she married? Why can't she find the right man? Isn't it time she settles down and starts a family? But Bobbie isn't sure she's ready to commit. Before the premiere on March 22, Elliott participates in a moderated discussion and members of the cast perform highlights.

 

OPERA

Lincoln Center Theater

Intimate Apparel by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage

Bartlett Sher

Feb 9, 7:30 pm

The Works & Process audience can go behind the scenes of a new chamber opera based on Lynn Nottage's popular play Intimate Apparel, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by the playwright, and directed by Bartlett Sher. Set in turn-of-the-century New York, the opera tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies' undergarments. Seeking love and romance, Esther embarks on a letter-writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal, and realizes that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life's challenges. Dramaturg and Director of the Opera Commissioning Program at The Metropolitan Opera Paul Cremo moderates a discussion with Gordon, Nottage, and Sher and cast members perform highlights, ahead of the opera's opening performance on February 27.

 

Intimate Apparel is the first opera produced by Lincoln Center Theater and was developed by LCT and the Metropolitan Opera as part of the Met/LCT New Works Program, which is dedicated to developing new opera and music theater works. 

 

DANCE

Pennsylvania Ballet

La Bayadère by Angel Corella

Feb 23, 3 pm and 7:30 pm

Set in the grand temples of mystical India and featuring the doomed temple dancer Nikiya, her rival Gamzatti, and the warrior Solor, La Bayadère has been an epic tale of love and godly revenge since 1877. Prior to its world premiere,Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director and former American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Angel Corella discusses his brand-new restaging of the classic ballet with an eye to changing cultural moresCompany dancers perform selections from the program.

 

DANCE & MUSIC

Joyce Theater Foundation

Swing 2020 by Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Caleb Teicher, and Eyal Vilner

Feb 24, 7:30 pm

Celebrating the tradition of innovation in America's partnered dance form, the Lindy Hop, acclaimed choreographer and Dance Magazine cover star Caleb Teicher, along with several Lindy Hop champions, brings the joy, fire, and fight of competitive and social swing dance to the Guggenheim stage. Prior to the August premiere of Swing 2020 at the Joyce Theater, Teicher, his collaborators, Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, and Nathan Bugh, and composer Eyal Vilner discuss their creative process. Acclaimed dancers perform stunning improvisations accompanied by Eyal Vilner Big Band.

 

DANCE COMMISSION

Les Ballet Afrik

New York is Burning by Omari Wiles

Mar 29 and 30, 7:30 pm

In 1990, the documentary Paris is Burning was released to critical acclaim. The film chronicled New York City Drag Balls, Ball culture, and Voguing in the 1980s, capturing the elaborately structured Ball competitions and showcasing rival houses. Beyond the Ballroom, each house served as surrogate families for young Ball-walkers who faced rejection from their biological families for their gender expression and sexual orientation. The Voguing that took place at these Balls has entered mainstream culture in the years since, serving as a touch point for a multi-leveled exploration of a queer African-American and Latino subculture. To celebrate the 20th anniversary and to pay homage toParis is Burning, Omari Wiles, founding father of the House of Oricci, presents New York is Burning, a Works & Process commission made in and for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater at the Guggenheim. Performed by his company, Les Ballet Afrik, New York is Burning will bring the Ballroom to the Guggenheim and feature Wiles's AfrikFusion, a style that fuses traditional African dances and Afrobeat styles with House dance and Vogue.

 

In conjunction with these performances, on March 27 Art After Dark at the Guggenheim will feature music by a DJ from the House of Oricci and pop-up dance performances by Les Ballet Afrik. 

 

OPERA

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Awakenings by Tobias Picker and Aryeh Lev Stollman

Roberto Kalb and James Robinson

Apr 5, 7:30 pm

This opera recounts the fate of the thousands who in the 1920s succumbed to a mysterious sleeping sickness, rendering them immobile and voiceless for more than forty years. Through this time, daughters grew up without their mothers, husbands remarried, and mothers wasted away from grief. Decades later, a brilliant, young doctor, Dr. Oliver Sacks, discovered a revolutionary treatment to bring his patients back to life, though to a world they no longer recognized. Based on Dr. Sacks's book Awakenings, the opera is a moving tale of memories, loss, and life rediscovered. Prior to its world premiere, composer Tobias Picker, librettist Aryeh Lev Stollman, conductor Roberto Kalb, and Artistic Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Awakenings stage director, James Robinson, participate in a moderated discussion with performances from original cast members, Joyce El-Khoury, Paul Groves, Jarrett Logan Porter, and David Portillo. 

 

THEATER

Federal Hall

The Democracy Project by Tanya Barfield, Lisa D'Amour, Larissa FastHorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jackson and Bruce Norris 

Lynn Goldner, Adam Greenfield, and David Henry Hwang 

May 3, 7:30 pm

The Democracy Project is a perspective-shifting odyssey through the 531 days when New York City was the nation's first capital; when the presidency was new; the slave trade was in debate; and the U.S. Constitution-and the rights of all America's inhabitants-hung in the balance. Written by Tanya Barfield, Lisa D'Amour, Larissa FastHorse, Melissa James Gibson, Michael R. Jackson and Bruce Norris, this new play will premiere in 2020 as part of the inaugural program for New Day at Federal Hall. Located at Federal Hall, this effort led by the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy brings together the nation's finest storytellers and scholars, writers and artists, poets, playwrights and pundits. An array of multidisciplinary new works probes the ideas, ideals, flaws, and contradictions of our democracy.

 

Works & Process invites this award-winning team of theater artists, joined by producer Lynn Goldner, script consultant Adam Greenfield, and playwright David Henry Hwang, to discuss their remarkable collaboration and present performance highlights.

 

MUSIC & THEATER

American Repertory Theater

Ocean Filibuster by PearlDamour

Lisa D'Amour, Jenn Kidwell, Katie Pearl, and Sxip Shirey

June 8, 7:30 pm

Inside the Senate chamber of a global governing body, Mr. Majority introduces the "End of Ocean Bill," designed to shrink Earth's oceans into a more manageable (and marketable) collection of inland seas and lagoons. When the floor is opened for debate, the Ocean arrives to speak in its own defense, and so begins the Human-Ocean showdown. Ocean Filibuster draws from myth, stand-up, and science to explore the vast depths crucial to our daily survival. Prior to the American Repertory Theater's world premiere production, writer Lisa D'Amour, director Katie Pearl, and composer Sxip Shirey discuss the newest music theater experience created by the Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour. Actor Jenn Kidwell, who plays both roles, performs highlights.

 

Commissioned and developed through a partnership between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard University Center for the Environment. 

 

DANCE

BalletX

Hope Boykin, Rena Butler, Caili Quan, and Penny Saunders

June 14, 3 and 7:30 pm

 

"This Philadelphia company also has vividly appealing, highly individual dancers. It's easy to miss how meticulous they are in style-but impossible not to recognize their richness and immediacy." - The New York Times

 

BalletX will perform excerpts from their forthcoming Summer Series, featuring choreography by Rena Butler, Caili Quan, and Penny Saunders, as well as a preview of Hope Boykin's new work, premiering during the company's 2020 Vail Dance Festival residency. BalletX Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox joins Boykin, Butler, Quan, and Saunders for a discussion moderated by Julliard President and Vail Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel.

 

Location:         

Peter B. Lewis Theater

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 TodayTix Lottery and student rush tickets one hour before performance, based on availability (student tickets for those under 30 with valid ID)

Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts Dec 10 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.

General ticketing starts Dec 17.

 

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

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

Duke Dang, General Manager

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

212 758 0024

ddang@worksandprocess.org

 

Michelle Tabnick, Publicist

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

646 765 4773

michelle@michelletabnickpr.com

 

Margaret-Anne Logan, Publicist

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

212 423 3840

pressoffice@guggenheim.org