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Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2019 Season



  • New commissions by Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, and by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung

  • Behind-the-scenes views of new commissions by Houston Ballet and Washington Ballet

  • First looks at theatrical productions Be More ChillDownstateGary: A Sequel to Titus AndronicusOctet,and The Secret Life of Bees

  • Previews of Glimmerglass Festival's Blue and Santa Fe Opera's The Thirteenth Child

  • New productions in conjunction with exhibitions Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future and Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now

  • Artist receptions in the rotunda following evening performances


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


Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its spring 2019 season. Since 1984 the performing arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators. Programs explore the artistic process through stimulating discussions and riveting performance highlights. Each 70-minute program takes place in the intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater. Additional information is available at


New this season:

Ticket holders are invited to mingle at the The Wright restaurant during happy hour from 5:30-7:30 pm before evening performances, and meet the artists at receptions in the rotunda following most evening programs. 


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 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 2019 Season Schedule


Caleb Teicher & Co. with Conrad Tao: More Forever

Sunday, January 6, 3 and 7:30 pm

Monday, January 7, 7:30 pm

A new Works & Process commission featuring Caleb Teicher & Company and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao's in collaboration for their first evening-length work, More Forever. On a stage covered by 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. 


Leadership support for this Works & Process program provided by Charles and Deborah Adelman, with music commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.



The Choreography of Light by Brandon Stirling Baker 

Friday and Sunday, January 18 and 20, 7:30 pm

Explore the past, present, and future of lighting for ballet with visual artist and Boston Ballet lighting director Brandon Stirling Baker. A frequent collaborator with choreographer Justin Peck and a diverse group of artists including Anthony Roth Costanzo, Benjamin Millepied, Sufjan Stevens, Jamar Roberts, Michelle Dorrance, Emery LeCrone, and Shepard Fairey, Baker will present this world premiere developed through the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University. Inspired by the close relationship between choreography and lighting design, this program will feature an excerpt of brand-new choreography by Justin Peck for an upcoming Houston Ballet premiere performed by Chun Wei Chan, Harper Watters, and Jessica Collado; new music by Sufjan Stevens; and new choreography by Jamar Roberts performed by Patricia Delgado, Sarah Daley, and Taylor Stanley. New York Times dance writer Marina Harss will moderate the discussion.



Houston Ballet: Sylvia by Stanton Welch

Saturday, January 19, 3 and 7:30 pm

Prior to the premiere in February at Houston's recently renovated Wortham Theater, join artistic director and choreographer Stanton Welch as he shares his creative process for his new ballet Sylvia, set to Léo Delibes's famous score, with costume and scenic designs by Jerome Kaplan and projections by Wendall K. Harrington. Six company dancers will perform excerpts from the classic story of the powerful mythological heroine, the huntress Sylvia, and her love for a mortal shepherd, showcasing a constellation of figures from Greek mythology woven together in a tapestry of three love stories.



Be More Chill by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, with Stephen Brackett, Chase Brock, 

and Robert Klitzman

Monday, January 21, 7:30 pm

Written by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, based on the acclaimed 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini, and directed by Stephen Brackett, with choreography by Chase Brock, Be More Chill is a musical about Jeremy Heere, an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about "The Squip"-a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year, and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. A truly hilarious, honest, and invigorating look at the lengths one will go to get the girl, Be More Chill is set to some of the most vibrant and exciting songs in musical theater today. At Works & Process, the creators discuss their creative process and, in a twist, Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University, explores the bioethical implications of the musical. Cast members will perform highlights prior to the production's Broadway premiere.



Steppenwolf and the National Theatre: Downstate by Bruce Norris

Monday, January 28, 7:30 pm

Following the world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago and prior to the London premiere at the National Theatre of Great Britain, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Steppenwolf ensemble member Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park) discusses his provocative new play Downstate. Set in downstate Illinois, in a group home shared by four sex offenders negotiating their place in a world that doesn't want them, Downstate pushes moral boundaries as it questions what happens when society deems anyone unworthy of forgiveness. For the first time in New York, Steppenwolf ensemble members, including Glenn Davis, K. Todd Freeman, Francis Guinan, and Tim Hopper, will perform highlights from the play.



The Glimmerglass Festival: Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson

Monday, February 11, 7:30 pm

Blue centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America. Prior to the world premiere, Glimmerglass Festival artistic and general director Francesca Zambello moderates a discussion with the work's creators, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson, with members of the cast performing highlights from this new opera.



ArKtype: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) by Bryce Dessner and Korde Arrington Tuttle, with Daniel Fish and Roomful of Teeth

Sunday, February 17, 3 and 7:30 pm

Thirty years after the artist Robert Mapplethorpe's death, in conjunction with the Guggenheim'sImplicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Nowexhibition, Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is a new music theater work, taking the artist's critically acclaimed and controversial photographs as a point of departure. Prior to the work's New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, composer Bryce Dessner, librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, director Daniel Fish, and Roomful of Teeth, with a live chamber orchestra, discuss their creative process and perform highlights from their new collaboration. Through music, projection of Mapplethorpe's images, and use of both theatrical and photographic lighting techniques, Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) puts the audience inside the artist's bold and voracious view of how human beings look, touch, feel, hurt, and love one another.


Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) is the first live/theatrical performance of its kind to integrate the work of Robert Mapplethorpe. Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann, the work features a libretto by Korde Arrington Tuttle with poetry by Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, music direction by Brad Wells, lighting by Yuki Nakase, and costumes by Carlos Soto.



Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac, with Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, and George C. Wolfe

Monday, February 18, 7:30 pm

Prior to the Broadway opening and world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-finalist and MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac's new comedy, three-time Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane and two-time Tony Award-winning actress Andrea Martin perform highlights from the play and join five-time Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe and Mac for a moderated discussion. Set just after the blood-soaked conclusion of William Shakespeare's Titus AndronicusGary intersects Mac's singular world view with Shakespeare's first tragedy. Taking place during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over, the country has been stolen by madmen, there are casualties everywhere, and two very lowly servants, Lane and Martin, are charged with cleaning up the bodies. It's the year 400-but it feels like the end of the world.



Jerome Robbins' Broadway

Sunday, February 24, 3 and 7:30 pm

Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm

In 1989, choreographer and director Jerome Robbins created a celebration of his work and contributions to the Broadway musical. Titled Jerome Robbins' Broadway, the show consisted of dances and songs from Broadway musicals he choreographed and directed over the years including On the TownWest Side StoryFiddler on the RoofGypsy, and Peter Pan. To celebrate Jerome Robbins' centennial and the 30th anniversary of Jerome Robbins' Broadway, author Steven Suskin will moderate a discussion with original cast members and creatives. The conversation will also include screenings of rare archival videos and live performances of original numbers by American Dance Machine for the 21st Century, Rosie's Theater Kids, New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin, and American Ballet Theatre soloist Calvin Royal III. Jerome Robbins' Broadway original cast member and Tony Award-nominee Robert LaFosse will also restage selections for this special event.



Signature Theatre: Octet by Dave Malloy, with Paige Evans and Annie Tippe

Sunday, March 3, 7:30 pm

Three-time Tony Award-nominee Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812) begins his residency as Signature's first musical theatre writer with the world premiere of Octet, a musical directed by Annie Tippe (Ghost Quartet). Featuring a score for an a cappella chamber choir and an original libretto inspired by internet comment boards, scientific debates, religious texts, and Sufi poetry, Octet explores addiction and nihilism within the messy context of 21st century technology. Artistic director Paige Evans moderates a discussion with Malloy and Tippe, with cast members performing highlights prior to the premiere.


Leadership support for this Works & Process program provided by Nina Matis.



The Washington Ballet: Julie Kent with Dana Genshaft and Ethan Stiefel

Sunday and Monday, March 10 and 11, 7:30 pm

The Washington Ballet artistic director Julie Kent, a champion of new choreography, discusses newly commissioned work with choreographers Dana Genshaft and Ethan Stiefel. Company dancers perform exclusive highlights prior to their April 3rd premieres in Washington, D.C.


Leadership support for this Works & Process program provided by Monica B. Voldstad.



The Santa Fe Opera: The Thirteenth Child by Poul Ruders and Becky and David Starobin, with Darko Tresnjak and Rita Ryack

Sunday, April 7, 7:30 pm

The composer of The Handmaid's Tale, Poul Ruders,takes you behind the scenes of his latest work, The Thirteenth Child. Explore this new opera with Ruders, librettists Becky and David Starobin, director Darko Tresnjak, and costume designer Rita Ryack in anticipation of its world premiere at The Santa Fe Opera. A "down-to-the-wire" thriller inspired by the Brothers Grimm. The tale begins when paranoid king banishes his twelve sons in favor of Lyra, the thirteenth child. When Princess Lyra learns about her long-lost brothers, she embarks on a quest to find them, starting on adventure with an enchanted forest, riddles, a handsome prince, a horrible mistake, and a nearly-impossible feat for Princess Lyra to perform if everything is to be put right. The creators will discuss their artistic process and highlights will be performed.



HILMA by Benjamin Staern and Mira Bartov with Fredrik and Mette af Klint

Monday and Tuesday, April 15 and 16, 7:30 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, see the world premiere of an opera about Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, inspired by her unique body of spiritual works. Mette af Klint plays the enigmatic Hilma, while Fredrik af Klint (a relative of the artist) portrays Rudolf Steiner. Composer Benjamin Staern connects tones and timbres with the colors and shapes of af Klint's abstract works. The chamber opera, directed by librettist Mira Bartov with costumes by Ulrika Lilliehöök, highlights pivotal moments from af Klint's life, and features motion generated projections of her work and accompaniment by pianist Stefan Lindgren, violinist Victoria Stjerna, and cellist Andreas Lavothe. 


Produced by Mette af Klint in collaboration with Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Performing Arts Agency, and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.



Atlantic Theater Company: The Secret Life of Bees by Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheik, and Susan Birkenhead, with Sam Gold

Monday, April 22, 7:30 pm

Set in South Carolina in 1964, Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel, The Secret Life of Bees, centers on Lily Owens, a restless white teenager who struggles with her merciless father and the haunting memory of her mother's death. When Rosaleen, her black caregiver, is beaten and jailed for asserting her right to vote, Lily's rebellious spirit is ignited. She and Rosaleen escape on an adventure where they are taken in by a trio of black beekeeping sisters. While Lily tries to unlock the secrets of her past, she and Rosaleen find solace in the mesmerizing world of bees and spirituality in this extraordinary tale of awakening, fellowship, and healing.


Prior to the world premiere, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Tony- and Grammy Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening), two-time Tony-nominee and Drama Desk-winning lyricist Susan Birkenhead (Jelly's Last Jam), and Tony-winning director Sam Gold (Fun Home) discuss their collaboration and creative process of turning Sue Monk Kidd's novel into a musical. Cast members will also perform highlights.



Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Design Dialogues with Institute for the Study of the Ancient World's Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes 

Sunday and Monday, April 28 and 29, 7:30 pm

Inspired by NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World's (ISAW) upcoming exhibition Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes, the first exhibition to focus specifically on the role of ancient world and the Ballet Russes, costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure for this Works & Process costume and dance commission. As part of the dialogue, a performative intervention featuring Bartelme and Jung's new costume designs will infuse the exhibition's opening at ISAW.


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

$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 December 10, 2018, for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.

General ticketing starts December 18, 2018.

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



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


Michelle Tabnick, Publicist

Works & Process at the Guggenheim

646 765 4773


May Yeung, Publicist

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

212 423 3840






Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the

Guggenheim, Announces Fall 2019 Season



New commissions by Machine Dazzle and Caroline ShawRotunda performances by Dance Theatre of Harlem, Roomful of Teeth, and Caleb Teicher and Ben FoldsTheatrical first looks at Joe Iconis, Theresa Rebeck, and Erica Schmidt featuring Peter DinklageDance previews featuring Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet West, National Ballet of Canada, and Washington BalletBehind-the-scenes glimpses of the Metropolitan Opera's Akhnaten and Porgy and Bess 


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


Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its Fall 2019 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 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 space celebrating 60 years as an architectural icon.Additional information is available at


Audience members are invited to cocktail hour, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at the The Wright restaurant and artist receptions in the rotunda following most evening programs.


Works & Process lead funding is provided by the 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. 



Fall 2019 Season Schedule



Treasure by Machine Dazzle

Thursday-Saturday, September 5-7, 7:30 pm

Distant dreams come full circle in this Works & Process commission ofmultidisciplinary artist and maximalist Machine Dazzle. Undressing layers of his past to make sense of the present, Machine will introduce12 new looks alongside stories stitched together through song. Treasure is accompanied by music director Viva DeConcini and her band, and will premiere made-to-measure on the occasion of New York Fashion Week.


Treasure by Machine Dazzle is commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim with support from Pomegranate Arts and a creative residency at LUMBERYARD.



MCC Theater: Seared by Theresa Rebeck 

Monday, September 9, 7:30 pm

Harry, a brilliant and hot-headed chef, scores a mention in a food magazine, and his business partner sees profits finally within reach.The only problem is Harry refuses to serve his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant and a waiter with dreams of his own and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins. Prior to its New York premiere at the MCC Theater, playwright Theresa Rebeck and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel take audiences into the kitchen of their fit-for-foodies comedy as cast members perform highlights. 



The National Ballet of Canada: Orpheus Alive by Robert Binet and Missy Mazzoli

Sunday, September 15, 3 pm

Orpheus Alive retells the tragic myth of Orpheus, casting the titular characteras a woman; Eurydice, Orpheus' fallen lover, as a man; and audience members as gods of the underworld who hold Orpheus's fate in their hands. Choreographed by Robert Binet, Choreographic Associate of the National Ballet of Canada, and featuring a commissioned score by acclaimed composer Missy Mazzoli, Orpheus Alive is a story of love, loss, and an extraordinary artist facing the limits of his mortality. Company dancers and the Mivos Quartetperform excerpts, and dramaturg Rosamund Small moderates a discussion with Binet and Mazzoli about the creative process before the ballet's world premiere in Toronto.



The Metropolitan Opera: The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess with Angel Blue, Camille A. Brown, Eric Owens, James Robinson, and Golda Schultz 

Monday, September 16, 7:30 pm

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess returns to the Met for the first time since 1990in a production directed by James Robinson with choreography by Camille A. Brown in their company debuts. America's "folk opera," asdescribed in 1935 by its creators, tells the story of Porgy, sung by Eric Owens, and his love for the drug-addicted Bess, portrayed by Angel Blue, with an all-star ensemble that includes Golda Schultz. General Manager Peter Gelb moderates a discussion with the creative team while cast members presenthighlights from the upcoming production. 



The New Group: Cyrano by Erica Schmidt, with Peter Dinklage and Aaron Dessner 

Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm

Prior tothe New Group's world premiere of Cyrano, director Erica Schmidt, actor Peter Dinklage, and composer Aaron Dessner illuminate the creative process behind the new adaptation of the classic tale Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Schmidt's Cyrano is a proud man who, believing himself unlovable, agrees to woo the woman he loves on behalf of someone else. With a charged contemporary immediacy to the dialogue, Cyrano is an enduring story about heartbroken yearning, and features haunting music by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner of the National, lyrics by Matt Berninger of the National and Carin Besser, and choreography by Jeff and Rick Kuperman.



Ballet West: Balanchine's Ballets Russes "The Song of the Nightingale" and "Apollo" 

Sunday, September 29, 3 and 7:30 pm

With sets and costumes designed by Henri Matisse, The Song of the Nightingale (Le chant du rossignolis a tale about a mysterious songbird who cures an ailing Chinese emperor. Created by George Balanchine in 1925 when he was only 21 years old, The Song of the Nightingale was his firstpartnership with composer Igor Stravinsky, leading to a 46-year friendship that resulted in some of the greatest ballets of the twentieth century. This production marks its US premiere and designates Ballet West as the second company in the world to present this important reconstruction by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer. Prior to the work's October premiere in Salt Lake City, Ballets Russes expert Lynn Garafola, Professor Emerita of Dance, Barnard College, Columbia University, moderates a discussion with Hodson, Archer, Ballet West Artistic DirectorAdam Sklute, and Balanchine Trust repetiteur Victoria Simon on Balanchine's development as a choreographer, the influence of Asian art on Matisse, and ethnic representation in the twenty-first century. The discussion will be accompanied by excerpts performed by Ballet West dancers. Simon will restage the 1928 Balanchine-Stravinsky collaboration Apollo, including the original birthing scene and final ascent to Mount Olympus. 



Dance Theatre of Harlem at 50

Monday, September 30, 6:30 and 8:30 pm

Founded in 1969, the Dance Theatre of Harlem made its 1971 official New York debut in the rotunda with a performance that included founder Arthur Mitchell's Tones.To celebrate the Guggenheim building's 60th and Dance Theatre of Harlem's 50th anniversaries, Works & Process will present a Rotunda Project with the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The company will pay tribute to its history in a restaging of Tones, with music by Tania León, and other works from their repertoire.


Floor Seating: $100/$95

Ramp Standing: $60/$55


Lead funding provided by the Ford Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



The Washington Ballet: NEXTsteps 

John Heginbotham, Jessica Lang, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa 

Sunday, October 6, 3 and 7:30 pm

Artistic director Julie Kent, a champion of new choreography, discusses upcoming world premiere works by choreographers John Heginbotham, Jessica Lang, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.Witness exclusive performance excerpts and a live rehearsal prior to the October 23 premiere in Washington, DC.


Lead sponsor Monica B. Voldstad.



The Metropolitan Opera: Akhnaten by Philip Glass, with Anthony Roth Costanzo, Karen Kamensek, Phelim McDermott, and J'Nai Bridges

Wednesday, October 16, 7:30 pm

On May 6, 1984, the very first Works & Process program featured Philip Glass's Akhnaten before its debut at New York City Opera. This fall, prior to itsMetropolitan Opera premiere, General Manager Peter Gelb moderates a discussion with the creative team and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, who plays the title role of the revolutionary ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Highlights are performed by members of the cast. Originally presented in collaboration with Improbable by the LA Opera and English National Opera, this production received the 2017 Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production. 



Two River Theater: Love in Hate Nation by Joe Iconis, with John Simpkins

Sunday, October 20, 7:30 pm

Writer Joe Iconis and director John Simpkins discuss the turbulent rock romance, Love in Hate Nation, set in a 1960s juvenile hall, and cast membersperform highlights prior to its world premiere at the Two River Theater with moderator Laura Heywood. Classic girl group, Wall of Sound-style vocal harmonies meet punk rock spirit in this rebellious and romantic new musical that uses classic "bad girl" movies as the inspiration for the story of young people caught between eras of a changing America. Sixteen-year old Susannah Son is carted off to the National Reformatory for Girls to get her head put on straight. There she meets the aggressively incorrigible Sheila Nail, and a relationship forms which leads to an all-out "revolution in the institution" as they attempt to break out of the boxes society has created around them. 



Dance Lab New York and Joyce Theater Foundation Lab Cycle: Female Choreographers of Color in Ballet

Sunday, November 10, 7:30 pm

For one night only, see the culmination of Dance Lab New York and Joyce Theater Foundation's partnership promoting and advancing female choreographers of color in ballet. Provided with a stipend, studio time at the Joyce's Artist Residency Center, professional dancers, a studio supervisor, and administrative support, choreographers Margarita Armas, Amy Hall Garner, Micaela Taylor, and Preeti Vasudevan explored the classical, neoclassical, and contemporary ballet idioms. Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet, moderates the discussion with Dance Lab New York founder, Josh Prince, and the four choreographers.


Lead sponsor Stephen Kroll Reidy



Brian Brooks Moving Company: Immersive Technology

Sunday, November 17, 7:30 pm

Brian Brooks, choreographer and Mellon Creative Research Fellow at the University of Washington's Meany Center for the Performing Arts, and Michelle Witt, Executive and Artistic Director of the Meany Center, participate in a discussion moderated by Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge. Prior to the performances' premieres in 2020, see highlights from Brooks's fellowship, where he explored dance in intimate physical and digital spaces and collaborated with Seattle-based physicists and virtual reality programmers. 



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: New Work

Monday, November 18, 7:30 pm

Preview a world premiere from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's December season at New York City Center. Artistic Director Robert Battle and the choreographer participate in a moderated discussion and Ailey's acclaimed dancers perform highlights.



Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration 

Sunday and Monday, November 24 and 25, 7:30 pm

Dylan Crossman, a former member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, curates a program celebrating the 100th birthday of modern dance legend Merce Cunningham. Fellow former company dancers, including Jamie Scott, perform duets examining Cunningham's evolution over decades. A unique MinEvent (an uninterrupted sequence of excerpts of works by Cunningham) made for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater at the Guggenheim including movements from Night of 100 Solos will be performed by dancers from A.I.M, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Limón Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and more. Costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung and music by John King complement the program. Andrea Weber moderates a discussion with former Cunningham dancers Kimberly Bartosik and Gus Solomons.


This program is presented courtesy of the Merce Cunningham Trust as part of the Cunningham Centennial celebrations. Choreography by Merce Cunningham © Merce Cunningham Trust. All rights reserved.



Peter & the Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi 

Saturday, December 7, 1, 2:30, and 4 pm

Sunday, December 8, 1:30* and 4 pm 

Friday, December 13, 6:30 pm

Saturday, December 14, 1, 2:30 and 4 pm

Sunday, December 15, 2:30 and 4 pm

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


Premium front row seating for all performances $100/$95 members

General tickets $45/$40 members


*In partnership with the Guggenheim's education department and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, for the December 8, 1:30 pm program, two-time CaldecottMedal winning illustrator Chris Raschka, will read from his illustrated telling of Peter & The Wolf at 1:30 pm, followed by the performance starting at 2:30pm. Tickets for this special event are $100/$95 member and include a signed copy of Chris Raschka's Peter & the Wolf.


No matter how tall or small, everyone needs a ticket. Please enter via the ramp at the corner of 5th Ave & 88th St.


Swing Dancing with Caleb Teicher, Ben Folds, and Eyal Vilner Big Band

Monday, December 9, 6:30-11 pm
Choreographer and dancer Caleb Teicher, musician Ben Folds, and friends come together for a special performance set in the Guggenheim rotunda. Accompanied by Eyal Vilner Big Band, Teicher will teach an introduction to swing dancing, followed by a party to put the moves in motion.


Lead sponsor First Republic Bank


6:30-11 pm:

VIP Cocktail Reception, Performance, and Dancing

VIP table for six: $5,000

Table for six: $3,000

VIP seated ticket: $500

Rotunda floor general seated ticket: $250


7:30-11 pm:    

Performance, Drinks and Dancing

Ramp standing ticket: $75




Rotunda Holiday Concert with Roomful of Teeth and Caroline Shaw

Sunday and Monday, December 15 and 16, 7 pm

Celebrate the season with the joyous sounds of holiday music and a new Works & Process commission of composer Caroline Shaw. Roomful of Teeth perform as part of this beloved annual tradition in the museum's iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda.


Floor seating: $60, $55 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members

Ramp standing: $25, $20 Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members




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



$45, $40 members (unless otherwise noted)

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

(for students under 30 with valid ID) 

Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starts July 22 for $500+ Friends of Works & Process and Guggenheim members at the Associate level and above.


General ticketing starts July 29.


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