Works & Process at the Guggenheim has revealed the lineup for its spring 2019 series. Located in the museum's Peter B. Lewis Theater, the previews are a nod to upcoming projects taking flight across the New York cultural landscape.
The schedule includes performances from the Broadway-bound Be More Chill, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson's opera Blue, Broadway's upcoming Gary: The Sequel to Titus Andronicus, a panel discussion with original cast members of Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Dave Malloy's Octet, The Washington Ballet, and The Secret Life of Bees (coming to Atlantic Theater Company in the spring).
Read through the full list of previews below:
Caleb Teicher & Co. with Conrad Tao: More Forever
Commissioned for Works & Process, the piece marks the first collaboration between Caleb Teicher & Company and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Conrad Tao. The artists will explore American dance traditions (such as vernacular jazz, tap, and Lindy Hop) set to Tao’s new contemporary score.
The Choreography of Light by Brandon Stirling Baker
January 18 & 20
A new dance piece featuring original choreography by Carousel Tony winner Justin Peck and Jamar Roberts and new music by Sufjan Stevens, inspired by the bond between choreography and lighting design. New York Times dance writer Marina Harss will moderate a discussion.
Houston Ballet: Sylvia by Stanton Welch
Artistic Director and choreographer Welch shares his creative process for his new ballet Sylvia, set to Léo Delibes’s famous score. Six dancers will perform selections from the mythological story.
Be More Chill by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, with Stephen Brackett, Chase Brock,
and Robert Klitzman
The creators will discuss their creative process while Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University, explores the bioethical implications of the buzzy musical. Cast members will also perform.
Steppenwolf and the National Theatre: Downstate by Bruce Norris
Downstate explores what happens when society deems lawbreakers unworthy of forgiveness. The event will feature performances by cast members from the Steppenwolf ensemble.
The Glimmerglass Festival: Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson
Blue centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America. Francesca Zambello moderates a discussion with the work’s creators with members of the cast performing highlights from the new opera.
ArKtype: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) by Bryce Dessner and Korde Arrington Tuttle, with Daniel Fish and Roomful of Teeth
This new work of musical theatre takes Robert Mapplethorpe’s critically acclaimed and controversial photographs as a point of departure. The creative team discuss their creative process and will perform highlights.
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac, with Nathan Lane, Andrea Martin, and George C. Wolfe
Prior to the world premiere of MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac’s new comedy, the playwright will sit down with Tony-winning director George C. Wolfe and Tony-winning stars Andrea Martin and Nathan Lane for a moderated discussion.
Jerome Robbins’ Broadway Reunion
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.
Signature Theatre: Octet by Dave Malloy, with Paige Evans and Annie Tippe
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 Signature bow.
The Washington Ballet: Julie Kent with Dana Genshaft and Ethan Stiefel
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 will perform exclusive highlights prior to their April 3 premieres in Washington, D.C.
The Santa Fe Opera: The Thirteenth Child by Poul Ruders and Becky and David Starobin, with Darko Tresnjak and Rita Ryack
The composer of The Handmaid’s Tale, Poul Ruders, will take attendees behind the scenes of his latest work, inspired by the Brothers Grimm.
HILMA by Benjamin Staern and Mira Bartov with Fredrik and Mette af Klint
See the world premiere of an opera about Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, inspired by her unique body of spiritual works.
Atlantic Theater Company: The Secret Life of Bees by Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheik, and Susan Birkenhead,with Sam Gold
The Off-Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees explores race relations, spirituality, fellowship, and healing.
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
Costume designers Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung use original Ballets Russes costumes and designs as their point of departure. As part of the dialogue, a performative intervention featuring Bartelme and Jung’s new costume designs will infuse the exhibition’s opening at ISAW.
For tickets and more information, visit the Guggenheim's Works & Process website here.