Works & Process at the Guggenheim: Dance Theatre of Harlem presents "Higher Ground" by Robert Garland, music by Stevie Wonder
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, continues its fall 2021 Season with more evening performances in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater this November and December at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128. Following a spring season featuring robust in-person rotunda performances at a time when theaters remained dark, this fall Works & Process will resume its signature behind the scenes Artist-driven programs, uniquely blending performance highlights with insightful artists discussions all prior to premiere. Tickets on sale now for November and December programs at www.worksandprocess.org.
Dance Theatre of Harlem: Higher Ground by Robert Garland, music by Stevie Wonder
Monday, November 15, 7:30 pm
In 1971 Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) made its official New York debut in the Guggenheim's rotunda. As part of the re-opening of the Peter B. Lewis Theater after its closure due to the pandemic, DTH will return to Works & Process this fall with highlights from Resident Choreographer Robert Garland's Higher Ground, set to a selection of songs by Stevie Wonder. Initially intended to premiere just days ahead of the shutdown in March 2020, Higher Ground will now premiere in Detroit and later come to New York in spring 2022 at City Center Dance Festival. As part of this special preview at the Guggenheim, Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, will moderate a conversation with Garland. Company dancers will perform highlights, and join the discussion to share how their own understanding of Higher Ground and Stevie Wonder's music has transformed over the past 18 months.
"In Higher Ground Mr. Garland has created something rare in classical dance: a ballet with a message. Seen during a rehearsal just days before the citywide shutdown, it is a marvel of a work that shows off Mr. Garland's many choreographic gifts, from his sparkling musicality to his ability to seamlessly weave classical ballet with influences from modern and social dance." – The New York Times
Works & Process programs will be 60 minutes, ticketed at full capacity, and require everyone to be fully vaccinated. All individuals will be required to wear a face mask at all times. At this time, children under the age of 12, for whom there is currently no available vaccination, will not be permitted to attend.
TICKETS & VENUE
With the exception of the Dance Magazine Awards, all programs in the Peter B. Lewis Theater are $25, $15 partial view, available for purchase online only. House seats may be available for $1,000+ Friends of Works & Process. To purchase house seats, email firstname.lastname@example.org. House seats may be released to the public before performances. For more information, call 212 758 0024 or visit worksandprocess.org.
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Described by The New York Times as "forward thinking" and "an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process," since 1984 Works & Process has welcomed New Yorkers to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed performers and creators of the performing arts. Led by Producer Caroline Cronson and General Manager Duke Dang, Works & Process nurtures and champions new works, shapes representation, amplifies underrepresented voices and performing arts cultures, and offers audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Artist-driven programs blending performance highlights with insightful discussions are, when permitted, followed by receptions in the rotunda, producing an opportunity for collective learning and community building, while also helping to cultivate a more inclusive, fair, and representative world. Approximately fifty performances take place annually in the Guggenheim's Frank Lloyd Wright–designed, 273-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. Every summer Works & Process produces a program at the Guggenheim Bilbao as well. In 2017 Works & Process established a residency program inviting artists to create newly commissioned performances made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. In 2020 Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created financially support 84 new works and over 280 artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic. To forge a path for artists to safely gather, create, and perform during the pandemic, from summer 2020 through spring 2021 Works & Process pioneered and produced 250 bubble residencies supporting 247 artists, made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. On March 20, 2021, after over a year of shuttered indoor performances, with special guidance from New York State's Department of Health, Works & Process, in the rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, was the first cultural organization to reopen live indoor ticketed performances. Works & Process has received support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and Paycheck Protection Program and NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.
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