Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces Spring 2016 Season

(NEW YORK, NY—December 15, 2015)—Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to New


LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater
War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Lileana Blain-Cruz
Photo: Sarkis Delimelkon
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as “a popular series devoted to shedding light on the creative process,” Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. Learn more about the spring 2016 season at
announce its spring 2016 season. 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, and takes place in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed, 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater, where reserved seating is now available. A reception for the audience and artists follows most programs. Described by the
Works & Process is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Spring 2016 Season Schedule
New York City Ballet
Justin Peck: Creation of a Story Ballet
Sunday and Monday, January 10 and 11, 7:30 pm

Prior to the premiere, NYCB dancers perform excerpts from New York City Ballet resident choreographer and soloist Justin Peck’s first narrative work for the company, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Most Incredible Thing.” The ballet features a newly commissioned score by Bryce Dessner, costumes and sets by Marcel Dzama, and lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker. Peck, Dessner, Dzama, and Baker will discuss their creative process with moderator Ellen Sorrin, director of the George Balanchine Trust and managing director of the New York Choreographic Institute.
This Works & Process program is made possible by Stephen Kroll Reidy, with additional assistance from Barbara Slifka.
New York City Center Encores!
Cabin in the Sky
Sunday, January 17, 7:30 pm
For its spring season, New York City Center’s Tony-honored Encores! series will revive the 1940 musical Cabin in the Sky, originally created by a team of visionaries that included Vernon Duke, George Balanchine, and Katherine Dunham. Today, the show is considered, in the words of Ethan Mordden, “a lost classic: a beautiful language that no one living can speak.” Prior to opening, members of the cast will perform excerpts, including the jazz hit “Taking a Chance on Love,” and join the series’ artistic director Jack Viertel and creative team for a conversation about the art of bringing great musicals back to life.
A Triple Crown Quest at the Metropolitan Opera:
Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and the Donizetti Tudor Queens
Monday, January 18, 7:30 pm
Met general manager Peter Gelb joins director David McVicar and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky to discuss McVicar’s new production of Roberto Devereux and the ambitious undertaking of staging all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queen operas, including Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda. Radvanovsky will perform the role of all three queens in a single season, and she and fellow Met artists will perform excerpts from all three operas.
Commedia dell’arte by John Zorn
Sunday, January 24, 9 pm
The maverick American composer and new-music pioneer John Zorn premieres Commedia dell’arte, a suite of five miniatures inspired by the dell’arte characters Harlequin, Colombina, Scaramouche, Pulcinella, and Pierrot. A moderated discussion with Zorn will follow.

$20 tickets made possible thanks to the assistance of Adam and Olivia Flatto.
Shuffle Along
Monday, January 25, 8 pm
This spring Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, will tell the story of Shuffle Along, a 1921 unlikely Broadway hit with a jazz score by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake and dancing style that ignited all of New York City. The revival—with book and stage direction by George C. Wolfe, choreography by Savion Glover, and starring Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Joshua Henry—brings back the original musical and tells the backstage story of the historic production. Creators and cast members will provide behind-the-scenes insights.
Washington National Opera
Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill
Sunday, January 31, 7:30 pm
The Washington National Opera presents excerpts from Kurt Weill’s final work for the stage, Lost in the Stars. A gripping musical tragedy based on Alan Paton’s classic 1948 novel Cry, the Beloved Country, set in apartheid-era South Africa, the opera merges influences from Broadway, gospel, African spirituals, jazz, and blues. Artistic director Francesca Zambello moderates a discussion with director Tazewell Thompson and members of the cast.
Shen Wei Dance Arts
Sunday and Monday, February 28 and 29, 7:30 pm
Shen Wei Dance Arts celebrates its 15th-anniversary season with a program that illuminates the synergy between Shen Wei’s visual and choreographic creations. Shen Wei’s creative process is explored through a series of selections from his dances—Connect Transfer, Collective Measures, and a new commission by BAM—and a discussion moderated by Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Malpaso Dance Company
Monday and Tuesday, March 14 and 15, 7:30 pm
Celebrating the Joyce Theater’s continuing commitment to cultural exchange, Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company will perform excerpts from Joyce-commissioned works by choreographers Trey McIntyre and Ronald K. Brown. Brown*, his associate artistic director Arcell Cabuag**, and McIntyre participate in discussions with Malpaso cofounders Dailedys Carrazana Gonzalez, Osnel Delgado, and Fernando Sáez Carvajal. The conversation explores Cuban contemporary dance and international voices prior to the company’s engagement at the Joyce.

*Brown will participate on March 14 only. **Cabuag will participate on March 15 only.
American Ballet Theatre–New Works
Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10, 7:30 pm
For 75 years, American Ballet Theatre has been a home for emerging choreographers. From Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free (1944) to Marcelo Gomes’s After Effect (2015), ABT has long celebrated the importance of new voices in this classical art form. ABT artistic director Kevin McKenzie and principal dancer David Hallberg will discuss the history of the program while Studio Company dancers perform excerpts from the 2015–16 season.
Les Arts Florissants
Les Fêtes Vénitiennes by André Campra
Monday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Prior to the production’s BAM engagement, music director William Christie and stage director Robert Carsen will illuminate their recreation of Campra’s 17th-century opéra-ballet Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, transporting audiences into the delirium of the Venice Carnival. Excerpts will capture the hedonistic preoccupations of the Regency period in France: comic invention, a pragmatic approach to the art of love, biting commentary on social mores, and incisive criticism of the Parisian theater milieu.
Works & Process Commission
Battleground by Ryan McNamara
Monday–Wednesday, May 2–4, 7:30 pm
Commissioned by Works & Process for the unique architecture of the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed Peter B. Lewis Theater, Ryan McNamara’s Battleground will premiere on Monday, May 2. Collaborating with a community of dancers and artists with whom he has worked for years, McNamara and the creative team will participate in a discussion moderated by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater
War by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Monday, May 9, 7:30 pm
Prior to the New York premiere, cast members perform excerpts from playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ War, which follows a fractured black family as they navigate a grandfather’s past, his WWII tour of duty, and its shocking aftermath years later. Called “one of this country’s most original and unsettling dramatists” by The New York Times, Jacobs-Jenkins will join director Lileana Blain-Cruiz and artistic director of LCT3 Paige Evans to discuss the play’s production.
Peter B. Lewis Theater, unless otherwise noted
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6 train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue
$40, $35 members, unless otherwise noted
$10 student rush tickets available one hour prior to each performance if space allows (for students under 25 with valid ID).
Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starting December 15, 2015, for Friends of Works & Process or Guggenheim Members Associate level and above.
Season tickets will be on sale January 5, 2015.
Specific seats may be reserved when ordered online.
For more information, call 212 758 0024 or 212 423 3587, Mon–Fri, 1–5 pm, or visit


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