Anthony Roth Costanzo Headlines Works & Process Return of Live Performances at the Guggenheim Museum

By Chris Ruel

Live performances return at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, starting Friday, March 19.

The reduced-capacity performances are part of New York State’s “Safely Bring Back the Arts” pilot program. Two concurrent series of performances produced by Works & Progress are scheduled to take place in the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed rotunda. Evening performances are scheduled for 8:00 P.M, while daytime performances of will be presented under the umbrella of the NY PopsUp Festival on March 20, 30, and 31.

Between March 19 and April 19, several pop-up performances will be held at the museum. The unannounced events will feature performers from organizations such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, The Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Festival, the Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and more have been invited to participate.

The performances feature works commissioned by Works & Progress, which incubated inside two-week-long Works & Process bubble residencies in upstate New York, making it possible for artists to create and rehearse together in a safe environment.

Opera projects include The Modern Opera Company featuring Anthony Roth Costanzo on April 4. The project was developed in the Works & Process bubble residency at Catskill Mountain Foundation.

On April 18, Dance Heginbotham company performs excerpts from “Third Bird,” with a libretto by Isaac Mizrahi and music by Nico Muhly. Works & Process commissioned “Third Bird” as an homage to “Peter & The Wolf.” Featuring a flying bluebird, a swimming duck, and a running ostrich, “Third Bird” celebrates diversity and each individual’s unique strengths. Mizrahi narrates, directs, and costumed the production.

Audiences unable to attend live performances, Works & Progress will present free digital premieres. On April 4 at 7:30 P.M. the organization will present “L’Orient,” a multidisciplinary production co-created by choreographer Preeti Vasudevan, composer Kamala Sankaram and writer/librettist Catherine Filloux. The project envisions Lakmé, the lead character in the 1883 opera by Léo Delibes, as a 21st century woman.