Works & Process celebrates its 30th season and, according to press notes, "since 1984, the performing arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators and performers. Each intimate, 80-minute performance combines artistic creation with stimulating conversation...a reception for the audience and artists follows most programs. "
The wide array of works to be showcased at the Guggenheim range from Juilliard dance work, to excerpts from the Met's Le Nozze di Figaro, to a collaboration with El Museo del Barrio.
Selected performances follow, for a full listing click here.:
Primary Stages with David Ives and Billy Porter
Sept. 8, 7:30 PM "Works & Process presents excerpts from two world premiere productions: While I Yet Live by Tony Award–winner Billy Porter, which explores a young man’s coming of age in Pittsburgh, and Lives of the Saints, a collection of short plays by Tony Award–nominee David Ives. Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director of Primary Stages, moderates a discussion with Ives and Porter."
The Kennedy Center: Little Dancer with Susan Stroman
Oct. 5, 7:30 PM
"Inspired by the ballerina who posed for the famed Edgar Degas sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (1879–81), this new musical follows the young dancer Marie Van Goethem as she struggles in the Paris Opera Ballet and inadvertently becomes the world’s most recognized dancer. Excerpts will be performed by four-time Tony Award–winner Boyd Gaines, three-time Tony Award–nominee Rebecca Luker, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck. Director and choreographer Susan Stroman will participate in a moderated discussion with Lynn Ahrens (book and lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music). The audience is invited to arrive early and stay late to view Degas’s Dancers in Green and Yellow (Danseuses vertes et jauntes), ca. 1903, from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, from 6:30–7:30 PM and 8:45–9:30 PM in the Thannhauser Gallery."
"In 1944, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins created the ballet Fancy Free and, with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, transformed it into the musical On The Town. This program shares excerpts from Fancy Free, a performance of 'New York, New York' from the original On The Town staged by Robert LaFosse, and excerpts of the fall 2014 revival of On The Town by Tony Award–winning director John Rando and Emmy Award–winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse. Robbins’s biographer Amanda Vaill moderates a discussion with LaFosse, Bergasse, Rando, actress Phyllis Newman, and writer/narrator Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein."
A preview of the entire fall 2014 season and past performance highlights can be viewed at youtube.com/worksandprocess.