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PRIMARY STAGES with David Ives and Billy Porter, Kennedy Center's LITTLE DANCER and More Set for Fall 2014 WORKS & PROCESS Series at the Guggenheim

PRIMARY STAGES with David Ives and Billy Porter, Kennedy Center's LITTLE DANCER and More Set for Fall 2014 WORKS & PROCESS Series at the Guggenheim

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary year, Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its fall 2014 season, including three offsite programs presented in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. 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 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 New York Times as "a popular series devoted to shedding light on the creative process," Works & Process is produced by founder Mary Sharp Cronson. A preview of the fall 2014 season and past performance highlights can be viewed at

Exhibition: Artists at Work, Artists in Process
Sept 10-Oct 25
Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, 12-6 pm
Mon, Thurs, 12-8 pm
Plaza Corridor Gallery, NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
The public is invited to view photographs, printed ephemera, and costumes from past performances, which reference the rich archival videos spanning 30 years and documenting 481 Works & Process performances that are easily accessed and viewed at the library.

Public Program: Three Choreographers Celebrate
Thurs, Sept 25, 6 pm
Bruno Walter Auditorium, NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
Choreographers Karole Armitage, Larry Keigwin, and Pam Tanowitz present archival videos of their past Works & Process programs. Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson moderates a discussion.

Fall 2014 Season at the Guggenheim

Primary Stages with David Ives and Billy Porter
Mon, 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 Metropolitan Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Tues, Sept 9, 7:30 pm
Director Richard Eyre and Maestro James Levine join forces for the Met Opera's season-opening production of Mozart's timeless comedy. Prior to the premiere of this new staging, set in a Spanish manor house in 1930, Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb moderates a discussion with Tony Award-winner Eyre and Tony-winning set designer Rob Howell. Met artists perform excerpts.
Live online broadcast available at

DEMO with Damian Woetzel
Sun, Sept 21 and Mon, Sept 22, 7:30 pm
Damian Woetzel's new NYC-based DEMO series brings together artists from different genres exploring a common theme. This preview will feature a cast of dancers including Lil Buck, Herman Cornejo, Robert Fairchild, Carla Körbes (Sept 21 only), Tiler Peck, and Fang-Yi Sheu, and musicians including flutist Claire Chase, tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, and Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato.

The Kennedy Center: Little Dancer with Susan Stroman
Sun, 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.

The Metropolitan Opera: The Death of Klinghoffer
Fri, Oct 10, 7:30 pm
John Adams's powerful opus, considered by many to be his greatest operatic composition, arrives at the Met Opera almost 30 years after the shocking events it chronicles-the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship. In advance of the company premiere of the new production, director Tom Morris and conductor David Robertson join Adams for a discussion, moderated by Ara Guzelimian, Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School. Met artists perform excerpts.
Live online broadcast available at

Brian Brooks Moving Company
Sun and Mon, Oct 19 and 20, 7:30 pm
Prior to the June 2015 New York premiere, choreographer Brian Brooks shares works created during his Joyce Theater Creative Residency. Brooks will perform excerpts from a new solo work and a company of eight dancers will perform excerpts from Division, another new work by Brooks.

Harlem Stage: Makandal
Sun, Oct 26, 7:30 pm
An eighteenth-century Haitian slave revolt intertwines with twenty-first-century Haitian, Cuban, and Dominican immigrants seeking freedom in this new opera. Historic, contemporary, and mythic themes are reflected through the music and excerpts will be performed prior to the world premiere. The creative team, including Carl Hancock Rux, who wrote and conceived the opera; composer Yosvany Terry, visual artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, and director Lars Jan discuss their processes, and how the themes of migration, oppression, revolution, and freedom resonate today.

In Process with Pan Tanowitz and David Lang
Sun, Nov 2, 7:30 pm
This program presents the culmination of a one-week Works & Process residency by choreographer Pam Tanowitz and composer David Lang prior to the February 2015 premiere, which will feature the new Works & Process commissions. The FLUX Quartet will perform new compositions by Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, and Caroline Shaw, curated by Lang. Dancers will perform in-process choreography set to the new works.
Live online broadcast available at

Jerome Robbins: Fancy Free to On the Town
Sun and Mon, Nov 9 and 10, 7:30 pm
In 1944, Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins created the ballet Fancy Freeand, 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.

Juilliard Dance: New Dances
Sun, Nov 16 and Mon, Nov 17, 7:30 pm
Juilliard Dance students perform excerpts by four innovative choreographers prior to their premiere. Austin McCormick's work features first-year dancers; Loni Landon's second-year dancers; Kate Weare's third-year dancers; and Larry Keigwin's fourth-year dancers. Juilliard Dance Artistic Director, Lawrence Rhodes, discusses the creative process with the choreographers. Keigwin will be present on Nov 16 only.

Peter & The Wolf with Isaac Mizrahi
Dec 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14, 2:30 and 4 pm
Children 5 and up
Isaac Mizrahi will narrate Sergei Prokofiev's charming children's classic bringing the thirty-minute story to life. The young, and young at heart, will learn and hear the various instruments of the orchestra.
Guests enter via the ramp at 88th Street and 5th Avenue.

El gato con botas (Puss in Boots)
Dec 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 7 pm; Dec 7, 13, 14, 2 pm; Dec 9, 11, 10 am
Children 8 and up
El Museo del Barrio, 5th Avenue at 104th Street
This operatic version of the children's tale El gato con botas (Puss in Boots) by Xavier Montsalvatge tells the story of a charismatic cat who promises a poor miller love and fortune. Directed by Moisés Kaufman and featuring the puppetry of Blind Summit Theatre, audiences of all ages will enjoy the production of this beloved story.
$30-$175; for tickets visit or call 212 279 4200
A coproduction of Gotham Chamber Opera, Works & Process, and El Museo del Barrio, in cooperation with Tectonic Theater Project.

Holiday Concert
Sun Dec 14 and Mon, Dec 15, 7 pm
In what has become a revered annual tradition, Vox Vocal Ensemble, led by George Steel, fills the museum's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda with the joyous sounds of holiday music.
The museum closes at 5:45 pm and reopens at 6:45 pm for the concert. Guests enter via the museum's main entrance. Rotunda-floor seating $20/$18 members; standing-room on the upper-level ramps $10/$8 members

All events take place at the Peter B. Lewis Theater, unless otherwise noted, at the 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. Tickets: $35, $30 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). Season tickets on sale August 14. Specific seats may be reserved when ordered online. Priority ticket access and preferred seat selection starting July 28, 2014, for Friends of Works & Process or Guggenheim Members Associate level and above. Season tickets will be on sale August 11, 2014. 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 For more info, go to

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