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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Sunday Scoop Week of 9/13/20 Live and Virtual Events Coming Up This Week or Soon Thereafter and More

1) Ballet Hispanico BUnidos Video Series All New Content 9/15 - 10
2) Ballet Hispanico School of Dance Fall Classes Late Registration Deadline 10/2
3) Black Opera Productions Presents Jessye Norman at 75  Celebration
4) Broadway Workshop Video Auditions for Everything Seems Like Maybe Deadline 9/18
5) Expand the Canon Virtual Reading Series & List Drop Launches 9/21
6) Nick Cordero Live Your Life to Benefit His Family to be Released 9/17
7) NYCC Studio 5 Live@ Home Upcoming New Episodes of Great America Ballerinas
8) Theatre For One: Here We Are Extends Run Through 10/29
9) TRU Community Gathering Via Zoom 9/18
10) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces 2020/2021 Season

1) Ballet Hispánico 
Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
With their
#BUnidos Video Series
All New Content during Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15, 2020

Join Ballet Hispánico as it celebrates Latinx cultures in a free virtual celebration of culture for Hispanic Heritage Month during its 50th Anniversary with #BUnidos Por La Cultura, a month-long series celebrating the legacy, representation and impact of Latinx arts and culture, kicking off on September 15 with interactive programming from September 21 through October 15, 2020 on FacebookYouTubeInstagram, and ballethispanico.org.

Each weekday from September 21 to October 15, thousands of viewers will experience this programming:
Orgullo Latino Mondays @ 3:00pm EST - Hispanic leaders and influencers will share the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and what it means to be Latinx/Latino/Latina. Participants include: Gloria Calderon and Nina Vaca, among others yet to be announced.

Salsa Tuesdays @ 1:00pm EST - Salsa dancing rules everywhere in Latin America, and every country has its special flare. Each week viewers will learn salsa steps from Colombia, Puerto Rico, Cuba and New York. Master teachers include Lyvan Verdecia, Luis Salgado, Ana Saoco, and Wil Nieves. 

Wepa Wednesdays @ 6:30pm EST - Ballet Hispánico will provide a platform to other Latinx dance companies, Bombazo Dance Company, Pajarillo Pintao, Sankofa Danzafro, and Antares Danza Contemporanea to showcase their repertory and Latinx Dance genres from around the world. These watch party performances will be followed by Choreographers & Cocktails, a Q&A with our Artistic Director & CEO, Eduardo Vilaro and the Choreographers. 

Tiki-Tiki Thursdays @ 6:30pm EST
- Celebrate the legacy of Ballet Hispánico with backstage tales and insider conversations from Company alumni and current dancers. Topics will cover different decades, from the birth of BH to the current dance environment.
Fiesta Fridays @ 6:30pm EST - It's not a Hispanic celebration without delicious food, and what better way to prepare it than with the family. Each week adults and children will gather to create a family favorite recipe, highlighting the history of the dish and the diversity of our food culture.

2) Ballet Hispánico 
School of Dance 
Fall 2020 Dance Classes
Late Registration Deadline: 
October 2, 2020

Ballet Hispánico's School of Dance announces the schedule for its Fall 2020-21 dance classes. Classes will take place online through December, with in-person classes scheduled for the remainder of the year with social distancing and CDC guidelines in place to ensure the safety of the students. A virtual option will still be available for the entire school year for students wishing to continue virtual learning. More information is available at www.ballethispanico.org/school/school-year-programs/letter. Students who missed the original registration period have an opportunity to sign up for remaining class options in the late registration period beginning Saturday, September 26, 2020 starting at 4pm ET through Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12pm noon ET. Late registrants are still able to apply for scholarships and will be permitted to join classes starting the week of October 5, 2020. No registration will be accepted September 3-26, 2020.

Fall classes include:
  • Los Pasitos: Early Childhood Virtual Dance Classes (Ages 2-5)
  • Encuentros: Open Program Dance Classes (Ages 6-18) 
  • La Academia: Pre-Professional Training Program (Ages 7-23)

Virtual Dance Program Offerings

Los Pasitos: Early Childhood Virtual Dance Classes (Ages 2-5)Fall Mini Session Through December 12, 2020
Ballet Hispánico's Los Pasitos Early Childhood Program for ages 2-5 merges creativity, cultures, and technique. Its curriculum focuses on developing coordination, spatial awareness, and musicality, with an emphasis on each child's individual self-expression. Students learn proper dance etiquette, explore the wide spectrum of Latino cultures, and build a solid foundation for dance training in a joyful, creative environment.

Encuentros: Open Class Program (Ages 6-18)
Through June 10, 2021
Providing the young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training, the Encuentros Program at Ballet Hispánico offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week. Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, West African Rhythms, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap, our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs.

La Academia: Pre-Professional Program (Ages 7-23)
Through June 10, 2021
Ballet Hispánico's Pre-Professional division, La Academia, trains eclectic, versatile dancers who stand out in a competitive field of dance for their mastery of the classical ballet tradition, contemporary techniques, Spanish Dance, and performance skills. This program is designed to support students interested in attending performing arts schools, conservatory/university programs, and/or those pursuing a career in dance. High school and college-aged students that reach Level 5 in La Academia have the option of pursuing the full curriculum or one of three specialized tracks-ballet, Spanish dance, or contemporary.

3) Black Opera Productions LLC announcesJessye Norman at 75: A Celebration
featuring appearances by Laverne Cox, Anna Deavere Smith, Martina Arroyo, J’Nai Bridges, Richard Smallwood, Grace Bumbry, Simon Estes, George Shirley, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and more!

Concert tribute to feature personal reflections and readings by luminaries and close friends of the beloved American icon, with performance dedications by some of opera’s leading Black singers

Black Opera Productions LLC, and Presenting Partner, Brookfield Place, will present Jessye Norman at 75: A Celebration LIVE on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET on BlackOperaFilm.com, to commemorate the legendary singer’s first birthday in memoriam, presented in support of the Estate of Jessye Norman and Jessye Norman School of the Arts, and the forthcoming documentary film Black Opera.

he program features virtual dedications from across the country, as well as performances filmed on-site in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, a destination in step with the latest in global and local culture, from art and music to cuisine, shopping, and more. This 90-minute program will be hosted by baritone and Associate Producer of the film Black OperaKenneth Overton, with guest speakers to include: Laverne Coxactress, playwright and professor, Anna Deavere Smith; Grammy-nominated Gospel composer, Richard Smallwood; Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Judith JamisonDarren Walker (Ford Foundation, President); Alicia Hall Moran; Grammy-Award winning composer Richard Danielpour, Broadway and Opera star Harolyn Blackwell; long-time collaborator of Ms. Norman and pianist, Mark Markham; sharing personal anecdotes and readings from the Grammy-Award winning singer’s deeply personal and candid memoir, as well as special reflections by her siblings Elaine Norman Sturkey and James Howard Norman.

Viewers can obtain tickets and register for the free event HERE with a suggested donation of $35 USD. Tickets will support the artists, The Estate of Jessye Norman, The Jessye Norman School for the Arts and the film BLACK OPERA. It will stream LIVE on BlackOperaFilm.com, as well as Black Opera’s Facebook and Youtube channels. To register please visit: Jessye Norman at 75 on Eventbrite.
4) Broadway Workshop Auditions for 
Everything Seems Like Maybe

Directed by Sandy Rustin & Marc Tumminelli

Broadway Workshop is seeking a diverse and inclusive cast of 14 high school performers to play a variety of roles in this all new virtual play. Each actor will be given two (2) monologues to present as part of the final presentation of Everything Seems Like Maybe. Students cast will have one on one coachings in a group setting on their show material leading up to the final presentation and filmed version.

This show will be directed by playwright Sandy Rustin and Broadway Workshop's Marc Tumminelli. This is a by-audition only program.

Open to students ages 14-18 (Grades 9-12)
Audition videos: Due by Friday, September 18
Rehearsals: Thursdays, October 8, 15, 22 & 29
Tuition if cast: $295 (scholarships available)


5) Timely. Producible. Classic. Written by women.

Launches On Monday, September 21
New initiative spearheaded by Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, in association with 
Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Classical Theatre of Harlem, challenges American theaters to diversify the canon with an annual curated list of classic plays by women playwrights
Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre is partnering with Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Classical Theatre of Harlem to launch their new initiative, EXPAND THE CANON, an annual curated list of nine classical plays that are timely, producible, and written by a diverse group of women. EXPAND THE CANON launches on Monday, September 21 at 8 pm with a “List Drop” announcing the nine plays.

The “List Drop” follows with DO THIS PLAY: EXPAND THE CANON VIRTUAL READING SERIES, which runs from Tuesday, September 22 – Thursday, October 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm. (Full details and schedule will be announced with the list of plays on 9/21.)
Tickets are a suggested donation of $15. To book tickets, visit https://bit.ly/DoThisPlay. For more information, visit Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre at https://www.hedgepigensemble.org/expand-the-canon

How many classical plays by women do you know? How many have you seen? The folks at Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre guess… not many! On September 21st, Hedgepig releases their first annual curated list of nine classical plays that are timely, producible, and by a diverse group of women. Then see the plays in action with their “Do This Play,” a reading series featuring plays from this year’s list (September 22 - October 1, Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm).
Expand the Canon is a call to action for theatres to stage excellent classical plays by women and to include more diversity in the canon. Along the lines of The Kilroy’s List, this is a focused group of plays that have been reviewed and selected–– ensuring they’re timely, relevant, and producible. This list will have all related producing information, making it easy for classical and regional companies to undertake these plays and give women the legacies they deserve. Additionally, the 2020 list includes two translations that, if produced, would be national premier.

This project demands gender equity in theater, ensuring that what’s held up as “classics” includes a diverse set of women’s voices from history. More than 50% of the plays on the inaugural list are written by BIPOC writers. As theaters across the country and the world stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, this is a moment of opportunity to audit whose work we uplift and celebrate.. For classical theaters, this could be especially daunting since the traditional canon taught in schools is predominantly male and white. This project explodes that notion. Expand the Canon provides a crucial resource to help theaters meet their goals of inclusion. 
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Broadway Records recently today the release of Live Your Life: Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below, the recording of Nick Cordero’s cabaret performance, directed and music directed by Emmy Award-winning Producer and Music Director, Michael J Moritz Jr. Prior to being diagnosed with coronavirus, Cordero and Moritz had been planning to release the recording of his celebrated cabaret act from 2019, but his plans were put on hold. Following his passing, the album will be released with his family’s blessing to honor his legacy and celebrate the incredible talent and life that was tragically cut short. Proceeds from the album will go to benefit his wife, Amanda Kloots, and their young son Elvis. The album will be available from all major music retailers on Thursday, September 17th, 2020, to commemorate what would have been Nick’s 42nd birthday.

Guest performers on the album include Kathryn Gallagher (Jagged Little Pill, “You”), Drew Gehling (Waitress), Sara Chase (First Date, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), and Zach Braff (Bullets Over Broadway, “Scrubs”). To preorder the album, visit BroadwayRecords.com or Amazon

Nick Cordero received a Tony Award nomination for his role of Cheech in Bullets Over Broadway. A beloved figure in the Broadway community, he also originated roles in A Bronx Tale and Waitress. Cordero passed away on July 5th at the age of 41, following a long battle with coronavirus. For the duration of his illness, fans and friends united over social media to support Cordero and Kloots by singing Cordero’s original song “Live Your Life”, which is featured on the album. Those wishing to support the family directly can also donate to a GoFundMe page set up to benefit them.

7) Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas
New episodes every Wed at 5pm 
on Sep 16, 23, and 30
Available on demand for seven days following the live stream

Step into the studio and enjoy live conversations and coaching sessions with American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copeland and New York City Ballet principal dancers Sara Mearns and Tiler Peck, as they give you an up-close look into a ballerina’s creative and artistic process in City Center’s new virtual Studio 5 | Great American Ballerinas series.
Each ballerina works with another acclaimed dance artist in this rehearsal-style series curated and hosted by dance critic and historian Alastair Macaulay.
Be sure to tune in to watch each free virtual event:

Wed Sep 16 at 5pm | Tiler Peck with Stephanie Salan
Coming to you live from the West Coast are Peck and Saland who will work together on the “green” solo from Jerome Robbins’s 1969 classic Dances at a Gathering. Watch Peck perform the only female solo in this hour-long quintessential piano ballet that Saland was coached in by Robbins himself.

Wed Sep 23 at 5pm | Sara Mearns with Pam Tanowitz 
Mearns delves into her postmodern side with renowned choreographer Tanowitz as they connect virtually from New York to explore newly created solo material.

Wed Sep 30 at 5pm | Misty Copeland with Alessandra FerriCopeland revisits Juliet’s solo scenes in Act Three of Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet as she's coached remotely by prima ballerina Ferri from London in the final installment of the series.











Christine Jones (Creator and Artistic Director of Theatre For One), Jenny Koons (Co-Artistic Director for Here We Are), and Mara Isaacs (Producer) announced  that Theatre for One: Here We Are, the first ever virtual experience from the globally acclaimed Theatre For One which brings together one actor and one audience member for a one-of-a-kind intimate theatrical experience is adding seven performances to accommodate overwhelming ticket demand with the final performance now scheduled for Thursday, October 29.

The Here We Are residency is commissioned by Arts Brookfield with additional support from Thomas M. Neff.

Free ticket registration is open to the public through Brookfield Place’s #BFPLatHome initiative at www.bfplny.com/theatre. The free tickets for each performance will be made available the Monday prior to the performance starting at 10 AM ET at www.bfplny.com/theatre. Audience members will be able to sign up for specific time slots during the performance window and will be randomly assigned which microplay they see the evening of the performance.

Below is the updated performance schedule for Theatre For One: Here We Are:

Thursday, September 17: 6 PM - 7:30 PM ET & 8:30 PM - 10 PM
Thursday, September 24: 6 PM - 7:30 PM ET & 8:30 PM - 10 PM
Thursday, October 1: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 8: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 15: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 22: 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 29: 6 PM – 7:30 PM

The eight world-premiere microplays that are part of Theatre for One: Here We Are are all written, directed, and designed by black, indigenous, and women of color and performed by BIPOC artists.

Below is complete casting for each of these new works:

·         Patrice Bell appears in Stacey Rose’s new work Thank You For Coming. Take Care. directed by Candis C. Jones.

·         Obie Award® and Audelco Award® winner Eisa Davis reunites with playwright Lynn Nottage for the microplay What Are The Things I Need To Remember under the direction of Tiffany Nichole Greene. Davis and Nottage previously collaborated on the acclaimed musical The Secret Life of Bees.

·         Zuleyma Guevara stars in Carmelita Tropicana’s new drama Pandemic Fight, directed by Rebecca Martinez.

·         Obie and Audelco Award winner Russell G. Jones performs in Nikkole Salter’s play Here We Are under the direction of Tamilla Woodard.

·         Mahira Kakkar appears in Jaclyn Backhaus’ world premiere Thank You Letter, directed by Candis C. Jones.

·         Shyla Lefner performs DeLanna Studi’s Before America Was America with direction by Tamilla Woodard.

·         Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award® winner Nikkole Salter, whose new microplay is also part of the Here We Are residency, appears in Lydia R. Diamond’s new work whiterly negotiations, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene.

·         Golden Globe Award® winner Regina Taylor stars in her own work Vote! (the black album) under the direction of Taylor Reynolds.

Theatre for One has answered the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic with a new performance venue in which the computer is the proscenium and the screen is the fourth wall artists and audiences are reaching through. Theatre for One: Here We Are is rooted in the belief that intimacy and human connection is possible at any moment, at any time, and with any person.

A laugh shared with a stranger, a world created by imagination, a soul nourished through storytelling: these are things only theater can accomplish. In eight world-premiere microplays, Theatre for One: Here We Are virtually brings together one actor and one audience member for a shared experience that connects us, anchors us, and boldly proclaims, “Here we are.”

While Theatre for One: Here We Are is inspired by the pandemic; the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment; and the Black Lives Matter, We See You WAT, and other movements fighting racism, the Here We Are writers have contributed works that span a spectrum of ideas and points of view. Theatre For One celebrates the vibrant chorus of voices creating deeply personal and passionately universal works that resonate in this shared moment.
9) Theater Resources Unlimited
TRU Community Gatherings via Zoom
Friday, September 18, 2020 
at 4:30pm
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) hosts weekly Community Gatherings every Friday at 4:30pm via Zoom, to explore the creation of art and theater in the time of COVID-19. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community - it's an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about keeping theater alive during these challenging times. To reserve a spot and receive the Zoom invitation, email
TRUnltd@aol.com with "Zoom Me" in the subject line.

Friday, September 18, 2020, offers a conversation entitled "When Sitting All Alone in Your Room IS a Cabaret," and will include the following speakers: Natalie Douglas, actor, cabaret performer, educator, music historian; Alexis Fishman, actor, cabaret performer/coach; Bernie Furshpan, booking director at The Triad in NYC, former managing partner of Metropolitan Room and founder of MetropolitanZoom virtual cabaret; and Mardie Millit, cabaret performer. Speakers will address some of the game-changing initiatives that cabaret is taking to generate intimate performances on isolated platforms, and how performance material needs to meet the current cultural moment.

Videos of past Community Gatherings can also be viewed at TRU's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UC43rsChi4fA23dNLeloaF_A/.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

10) Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the 
Guggenheim, Announces 2020-2021 Season
Seven Hudson Valley Creative Bubble Residencies to Develop New Commissions at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Mount Tremper Arts, and Petronio Residency Center
Works & Process-Produced Four-Part Docudrama Isolation to Creation Premieres on WNET's ALL ARTS in January 2021, with Rough-cut Virtual Viewings for the Fall 2020 Works & Process Season, in Partnership with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Performances at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Artists Include Ephrat Asherie Dance, Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Chris Celiz, Adrian Danchig-WaringJoseph Gordon, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel, Sara Mearns, Gregory Richardson, Jamar Roberts, Anthony Vito Rodriguez "Invertebrate," Leonardo Sandoval, Kristin Sztyk, Virginia Wagner, and Omari Wiles
Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commission Premieres Every Sunday and Monday Through 2020

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce new initiatives and partnerships that collectively support performing artists and their creative process. Works & Process will produce seven bubble residencies taking place in summer and fall 2020 in the Hudson Valley that will serve as the generative force for artists to safely gather, create, and perform together again. Select Works & Process bubble residencies will culminate in live, in-process outdoor performances as part of the sold-out Kaatsbaan Summer Festival, in Tivoli, NY, on August 22, 23, 29, and 30, and September 20 and 26. Select Works & Process creative bubble residency projects will go directly to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to be performed and filmed outdoors for digital presentation, prior to artists exiting the bubbles. A four-part docudrama capturing this journey will premiere on ALL ARTS in January 2021, ahead of planned live performances at the Guggenheim. Rough cuts of the four episodes will also be presented in virtual viewings as part of the fall 2020 Works & Process season. Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions continues with premieres every Sunday and Monday through 2020.

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to announce new initiatives and partnerships that collectively support performing artists and their creative process. Works & Process will produce seven bubble residencies taking place in summer and fall 2020 in the Hudson Valley that will serve as the generative force for artists to safely gather, create, and perform together again. Select Works & Process bubble residencies will culminate in live, in-process outdoor performances as part of the sold-out Kaatsbaan Summer Festival, in Tivoli, NY, on August 22, 23, 29, and 30, and September 20 and 26. Select Works & Process creative bubble residency projects will go directly to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to be performed and filmed outdoors for digital presentation, prior to artists exiting the bubbles. A four-part docudrama capturing this journey will premiere on ALL ARTS in January 2021, ahead of planned live performances at the Guggenheim. Rough cuts of the four episodes will also be presented in virtual viewings as part of the fall 2020 Works & Process season. Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions continues with premieres every Sunday and Monday through 2020.

Isolation to Creation Docudrama Premiere on ALL ARTS January 2021, with Rough-cut Virtual Viewing as part of  Works & Process Fall 2020 Season
Works & Process will produce a four-part docudrama following the journey of creative bubble residency artists as they begin to work together again after an unprecedented period of isolation. The four-part series by filmmaker Nic Petry of Dancing Camera, realized with support from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, will premiere and be distributed and broadcast in January 2021 on ALL ARTS, an arts-focused multimedia platform. Viewers will have the rare opportunity to peek behind the scenes-and to experience the exhilarating physical struggle and emotional challenges of returning to the studio after months away. 

Special rough-cut virtual viewings of the four episodes will take place on October 31, November 7, 14, and 21 as part of the fall Works & Process season. Complimentary access will be provided for first responders, essential workers, and $500+ Friends of Works & Process, with $25 tickets for the general public, and $20 for Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process. To purchase tickets visit worksandprocess.org. Email info@worksandprocess.org for complimentary access tickets for first responders and essential workers.

Once conditions are deemed safe for audiences and artists to gather, the live premieres and performances of projects featured in Isolation to Creation will be presented at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works & Process 2021 season.

Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the NationalEndowment for the Arts.

Works & Process Creative Bubble Residency Featured Projects

Works & Process Commission
Beatbox and Street Dance
The Missing Element
August Creative Bubble Residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Kaatsbaan Summer Festival Performances on August 22, 23, 29, and 30, 5 pm
Outdoor Filming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Digital Presentation
Lead creators including world champion beatboxer Chris Celiz, who performed last at Works & Process in December 2019, and b-boy Anthony Vito Rodriguez "Invertebrate" assemble a formidable cast of dancers including Krumper Brian "Hallow Dreamz" Henry, flexer Joseph Carella "Klassic", breaker Graham Reese, and members of the Beatbox House including Amit Bhowmick, Celiz, Neil Meadows "NaPoM", Gene Shinozaki, and Kenny Urban to create The Missing Element. Fusing the music making of beatbox with street dance, this project presents an engaging and immersive experience, inspired by the elements of nature.

The Beatbox House is a collective of world champion beatboxers.Beatboxing is growing into a global phenomenon branching out from its hip-hop roots. Through education, performance, and collaboration, the collective is rebranding the art as a new form of music, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the human voice.

Works & Process Commission
Body Percussion, Music, and Tap
Music from the Sole - New Afro-Brazilian Tap Work
August Creative Bubble Residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Kaatsbaan Summer Festival Performances on August 22, 23, 29, and 30, 5 pm
Outdoor Filming at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Digital Presentation
After performing in both presentations of Works & Process Rotunda Project: Michelle Dorrance with Nicholas Van Young, the founders of Music from the Sole, choreographer and tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval and bassist-composer Gregory Richardson, return to Works & Process to explore tap's fluidity, body percussion, and music in their new Afro-diasporic work. Blurring the line between dance and music, the commission will highlight tap's lineage and connections to forms as diverse as Afro-Brazilian dance, samba, passinho (Brazilian funk), house, and hip-hop. Working with saxophonist José Cruzata, pianist Noé Kains, and tap dancer Gisele Silva, Sandoval and Richardson will provide insights into the common roots of these different styles and develop narratives that touch on race, cultural identity, and the intersectionality of the Black experience. 

Works & Process Commission
Modern Dance
Jamar Roberts and David Watson New Commission
August Creative Bubble Residency at Petronio Residency Center
"Commonly, when a choreographer tries to express a state of emergency though dance, the results are obvious, didactic or maudlin. An ability to avoid those traps seems to be part of Mr. Roberts's gift."- The New York Times

In March, just as the pandemic hit, Works & Process invited Jamar Roberts, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's first resident choreographer, to develop a piece for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Roberts created Cooped, with music by David Watson, which was described by The New York Times as "one of the most powerful artistic responses yet to the COVID-19 crisis." At this two-week residency, Roberts will choreograph a new work with dancers Patrick Coker, Ghrai 
DeVore-Stokes, Jacquelin Harris, and Brandon Michael Woolridge, with new music by Watson. The performance will premiere in 2021 in an intimate program alongside Cooped as well as select solos choreographed by Roberts for Choreography of Light by Brandon Stirling Bakeralso commissioned by Works & Process.

Works & Process Commission
Elements of Afrik: Ballroom Aesthetic, Street Dance, and Vogue
Les Ballet Afrik
New York Is Burning by Omari Wiles, performed by Les Ballet Afrik
September Creative Bubble Residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Kaatsbaan Summer Festival Performances on September 20 and 26, 5 pm
In 1990, the documentary Paris Is Burning was released to critical acclaim. The film chronicled New York City drag balls, ball culture, and voguing in the 1980s, capturing the elaborately structured ball competitions and showcasing rival houses. Beyond the ballroom, the houses served as surrogate families for young ball-walkers who faced rejection from their biological families for their gender expression and sexual orientation. The voguing that took place at these balls has entered mainstream culture in the years since, serving as a touch point for a multi-leveled exploration of a queer African American and 
Latino subculture. 

In homage to the 30th anniversary of Paris Is Burning, Works & Process commissioned Omari Wiles, founding father of the House of Oricci and a legend within the ballroom community, to produce New York Is Burning for performance by his company Les Ballet Afrik including dancers Kya Azeen, Algin Ford-Sterling "UFOH", Alora Martinez, Eva Moore, Shireen Rahimi, Milerka Rodriguez, Kameron N. Saunders, Yuki Sukezane, Karma Stylz, Craig Washington, and Yuhee Yang. Through this creative bubble residency, Wiles will continue the development of this commission, which was scheduled to premiere in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater at the Guggenheim Museum in March 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic. In 2021, the piece will bring the ballroom to the Guggenheim in a work featuring Wiles's AfrikFusion, a style that combines traditional African dances and Afrobeat styles with house dance and vogue.
Works & Process Commission
New York City Underground Dance: Styles, History, and Culture
UnderScored, created by Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) in Collaboration with Legendary Guest Artists from New York City's Underground Dance Community
September Creative Bubble Residency at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park
Kaatsbaan Summer Festival Performances on September 20 and 26, 5 pm
Beginning with the seminal parties at The Loft and the Paradise Garage, UnderScored is inspired by the intergenerational club-life memories of a cast ranging in age from 25 to 77. This work explores the ever-changing physical and musical landscape of New York City's underground house dance and music scene. Legendary elders from NYC's underground dance community, including Archie Burnett, Brahms "Bravo" LaFortune, and Michele Saunders, collaborate and perform with company members Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, Manon Bal, Ron "Stealth-1" Chunn Jr., Teena Marie Custer, Val "Ms. Vee" Ho, and Matthew "Megawatt" West. In conjunction with this project, the Jerome Robbins Dance Division at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will provide a fellowship for Asherie to collect and archive oral histories from elders who are part of the generation of dancers who helped create and usher in NYC's underground dance and music scene in the 1970s and '80s.

Cabaret and Dance
The Seven Deadly Sins
Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel, and Sara Mearns
October Creative Bubble at Petronio Residency Center
The Seven Deadly Sins is a production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's classic 1933 ballet chanté (sung ballet) conceived by Marc Happel and under development by Happel and Jeffrey Guimond. The performance will pair cabaret icon and artist Justin Vivian Bond with New York City Ballet principal dancer Sara Mearns, who will perform the duo roles of Anna 1 and Anna 11, the ballet's split-personality guides who lead the audience through the depredations of modern society. Emmy Award-winning 
choreographer Joshua Bergasse will set the piece. Partnering with Alex Jenkins and Audrey Rachelle of AnA Collaborations, Happel and Guimond will create an immersive environment for the ballet.

Highlights from the performance were to be presented as part of the 2020 Works & Process Gala this past June; the production is now expected to premiere in the fall of 2021 following a Works & Process 

Works & Process Commission
Dance, Film, and Visual Art
New Work by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joseph Gordon, Kristin Sztyk, and Virginia Wagner
October Creative Bubble at Mount Tremper ArtsDetails to be announced soon.

Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions Premiere Every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm
Since April, in direct response to the pandemic, and to financially support artists and nurture their creative processes during these challenging times, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has presented Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Through the generosity of our board and donors, over $150,000 in commissioning funds is being granted through 2020 to over 100 artists to produce new video works while social distancing. Each under five minutes long, these virtual performances spotlight leading creators who have participated in past Works & 
Process programs. New commissions will be posted on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30 pm EDT through 2020.

Explore the full playlist of WPA Virtual Commissions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ08rQmWB63RFC3avQF-nDsneUXLrUd4X

August 23     Silas Farley
August 24     Andrea Miller
August 30     Courtney Cochran
August 31     Carson Murphy and Nicholas Van Young

Fall schedule and additional commissions to be announced.

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for another Talking Topic

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